Bored with the missionary sex position? Try out more ways of spicing things up with our guide to your favourite top 40 sex positions
Want to try something new in the bedroom? Our hottest ever sex positions will help you do just that.
Whether you’re with a new partner or in a long-term relationship, it’s important to keep things exciting in the bedroom – but where do you start? Mix up your sex positions of course!
Every couple has their favourite tried and tested sex positions which work for them, but every now and again it’s fun to spice things up a little and try something new.
Varying the sexual positions you try can bring a whole new element to your sex life, and there are plenty of different positions you can try.
The missionary position gets a bad reputation but there are plenty of different ways you can add a bit of spice to the old classic and that’s before you get to the reverse cowgirl or the edge of heaven…
When trying new sex positions it’s important to talk about it beforehand and trust the person you’re trying them with – and to approach it with a sense of humour. Some trickier sex positions might go wrong but that’s half the fun!
For each sex position we have clearly explained how to re-enact it in the safest way – and we’ll tell you exactly what spot it’s going to hit. Want deeper penetration or more clitoral stimulation? Our jargon-free explanations will help you select the sex position that will answer all your needs. We’ve even given each sex position a difficulty rating, so depending on how adventurous you and your partner are feeling, there’s bound to be a sex position you can try!
If you’re looking for a new sex position challenge, why not work your way through all 40? We’d love to hear which one is your favourite. We’ve included some comments from real GoodtoKnow users on what they think of the sex positions in our round up, so you’ll get an idea if it’s the right one for you.
So what are you waiting for? Take a look through these sex positions and try something a new today…
If you want to try something new with your sex positions, sideways sex is a great place to start!
How does it work?
He lies down with his knees bent and legs apart, and you sort of slot in the middle at right angles to his body. With one hand on his chest, and the other on his lower leg, rock back and forth until he’s hitting the right spot.
The turn ons
It’s all about you and you can wiggle around until it feels just right.
The turn offs
It might take a bit of practice to get it right, but hey, who’s complaining?
Difficulty rating 2/5 It can take a while to get the positioning just right.
Fun rating 3/5 If the trickiness doesn’t slow down your fun – it’s a winner!
You say: ‘Excellent position. You have to try it’
You. This sex position gives you the most amazing sensation.
How does it work?
Quite simply, he lies on the bed and you squat on top of him. Yup, that’s it. Then you raise yourself up and down on him, leaning on the bed, his hands or his chest.
This will stimulate you in ways you never thought possible.
You look pretty stupid and you have keep your balance and make sure you don’t tip forward – that could be rather painful for him.
You say: ‘This position rocks – my boyfriend loves it too’
Slow, relaxing sex
How does it work?
You basically sit opposite each other and then you slide into his lap and sit on top of him. You then join your legs behind him and he put his feet together to provide a kind of cradle for you. You then just rock on him.
This often produces a simultaneous orgasm, as you both build up together to climax.
It may be a bit tame and slow for some people.
You say: ‘My partner and I tried this in the bath’
Hitting your G-spot
How does it work?
You turn to face the wall, stand around two feet away and stick your bum out a little. He then enters you. Possibly bending his knees to make it easier for access.
You get to thrust backwards using the wall and it’s a whole lot easier than doing it standing up face-to-face
You’ve got to stand up… which in itself is possibly a turn-off, as it involves more effort than normal
Add a sex toy: Using a clitoral vibrator in this position will increase the chances of orgasm for her.
Great for… Intimate sex
How does it work? Easy to do, complicated to explain. So you lie facing each other and put your top leg over his hip. He grabs your bum and then you out your arm round his waist and push your bottom leg against his leg.
You’ll be rubbing your clitoral area on his groin and you get to kiss each other.
This sex position can be little boring and pedestrian for some.
You say: ‘It’s not visually exciting but physically it’s amazing’
Long slow intercourse
How does it work?
Start with her sitting facing and astride him. The the woman lies back, followed by the man until each partner’s head in between the other’s legs. Then each partner can bring their knees up and hold onto the other’s legs. Now all you need to do is slow, wiggling movements to keep each other aroused for a long time.
This is a very lazy, enjoyable sex position that can keep you happy for a long time
There’s not a lot of action and movement, which could be boring for some
Both of you
How does it work?
Get the man to lay down on the bed with his legs out in front of him. Now climb on top like a cowgirl and let him penetrate you. You can then lean back and hold onto his ankles or knees if he lifts them up. You can now control the pace now and also tease him.
He’ll love it, because the view is great and you should like it because you’re in charge
You have to do all the work in this sex position. Also, some women find that the deep penetration can hurt if their partner is quite large.
Fast and passionate sex
How does it work?
You lie out flat on your stomach with a cushion under your belly and pelvic area. He lies on top of you, you spread your legs and he enters you, you’ll be orgasming for England before you know it!
The turn ons
It’s a great position for a quickie as things can get quite fast and furious.
The turn offs
The skin-to-skin contact can mean you get a bit on the sweaty side, and it’s not the most romantic of positions.
Difficulty rating: 2/5 You just lie down with your face in the pillow – he goes for it
Fun rating: 2/5 Your man will probably enjoy it a bit more than you, but worth a go all the same!
You say: ‘It’s the easiest way to reach orgasm’
You – he gets to play with you in all the right places.
How does it work?
No beds needed for this one – you can try it anywhere in the house, although you might want to be near a wall for balance. Stand in front of him and get yourself into a position where it’s easy for him to enter you from behind (you might need to bend forward to start with) and then slowly straighten up, ensuring his penis stays in you.If you find it awkward, then you can stay leaning forwards, in which case he can still hold onto you.Then when you’re both ready, he can start thrusting – there’s not a whole lot you need to do except lean back and enjoy yourself!
If you tend to achieve a better orgasm from multiple areas of stimulation then this one is for you as he can rub your breasts and clitoris at the same time.
Keeping your balance
Difficulty rating: 2/5 Nice ‘n’ easy unless you’re completely different heights.
Fun rating: 4/5 Perfect for those moments when you want to have sex right now
You say: ‘This is really good in the bath or shower’
How does it work?
The man sits on the edge of the bed, with his legs down on the floor. Then you shuffle into his lap and onto him, with your legs resting on the bed, while he either holds your hands to stop you tipping backwards. Now you can start moving as fast or as slowly as you want.
You get very deep penetration and he gets to do most of the work, while you jiggle about on top.
Be careful you don’t tip over – as sex positions go, it’s relatively risky!
Slow, intimate sex.
How does it work?
You lie in bed on your side. He spoons you from behind, entering you slowly to make bedtime cuddles that bit more interesting.
You feel really close and intimate, as well as getting an amazing orgasm!
This sex position can be a bit awkward at first, but stick with it.
Difficulty rating: 2/5 Super-easy – once again he does all the work. Hooray!
Fun rating: 4/5 Whether you like it fast or slow, this position is a definite winner.
You say: ‘Perfect for a lazy Sunday morning and surprisingly sexy, as well’
Great for… A quickie in the afternoon.
How does it work? Find an area at home where two walls are really close together like a corridor or in the bathroom. He leans against one wall and shuffles down so he’s in a sitting position with his feet pushed against the other wall/ bath.You then climb on top of him with his legs supporting your whole weight and let your feet dangle either side. You then go for it like you would in a sitting position thrusting back and forth on top of him.
The turn-ons: It’s perfect for exciting, spontaneous sex when you just have to have each other!
The turn-offs: He’ll need a lot of strength in his legs to hold the position for the duration and it might take you a little while to get the hang of it.
Difficulty rating: 4/5 It is one of our trickier positions, but it’s definitely worth it when you get it right.
Fun rating: 3/5 The excitement of being pushed up against a wall will really get you both going.
You say: ‘This one rocks. We love doing it in the bathroom’
Great for… Both of you
How does it work? The man sits on a chair with his legs outstretched in front of him. You climb aboard and stretch your legs out straight behind him. He clings onto your arms and you lean back holding on to him for support. You’re in control, so then push back and forth on top of him as fast or as slow as you like.
The turn-ons: He gets a good view and you get deep penetration.
The turn-offs: Sex positions like these might be uncomfortable for you to keep your legs stretched out for any length of time
You say: ‘This one got the thumbs up – very comfortable and it really hit my G-spot ‘
Great for… Mind-blowing sex with you in the driver’s seat.
How does it work? Get your man to lie flat on his back, then climb on top of him and slowly start to spread your legs out as far as you can get them. Then place your hands on his chest and rock back and forth.
The turn-ons: The wider apart you get your legs, the deeper the penetration will be – good news for you and your man.
The turn-offs: The stretch on your legs means this sex position can start to hurt after a while.
Difficulty rating: 3/5 You might need to do a bit of limbering up first!
Fun rating: 4/5 Who doesn’t enjoy being in charge?
You say: ‘This is one of the best sex positions as it helps to feel her cervix and the deeper feeling of penetration indeed ‘
Great for… Deep penetration.
How does it work? You get on your hands and knees and lean forward on your arms. He kneels, grabs hold of your waist and enters you from behind.
The turn-ons: Most men loves the thrill of a ‘doggy-style’ position so this is bound to get him going.
The turn-offs: You don’t get to look at each other and you can’t kiss so it’s not the most intimate of positions.
Difficulty rating: 2/5 He’s working the hardest but you’ve got to keep in sync with him.
Fun rating: 3/5 You’ll have really fast and thrilling sex that will leave both your hearts racing.
You say: ‘It’s not the most romantic, but for G-spot stimulation, ‘doggy-style’ and this position are the best’
Great for… A mindblowing orgasm
How does it work? This one’s a bit more tricky than normal and you’ll probably need a small footstool or comfy chair. Sit on the chair sideways and lean backwards so your head is pointing downwards.Now get your fella to kneel between your legs and enter you. You may find it helps if you hold hands so that he can support you
The turn-ons: Having your head pointing down means that you’ll get an amazing rush of blood, especially when you reach orgasm.
The turn-offs: It can feel a bit odd at first and you may not be able to stay there too long
Difficulty rating: 3/5 Not that difficult once you get used to it, but the initial leaning back can be tricky.
Fun rating: 5/5 The strength of the orgasm makes this one a real firecracker!
You say: ‘Woah – can’t thank you enough for this one ‘
Great for… Orgasmic, week-night sex, when you’ve not got the energy to really go for it.
How does it work? We’re all for banning the missionary position on goodtoknow, but we have to admit this one’s not too far off. You lie on the bed and he gets on top of you. He then thrusts in and out but while doing so, you wrap your legs around his.It gives you a bit more power to control his speed and rhythm and if you arch your back slightly, you’ll really start to feel the benefits.
The turn-ons: He gets to do his stuff but he’ll get aroused by your legs entwining around him. The feeling of him rubbing against you should also give you a really powerful orgasm.
The turn-offs: If you’re trying to break away from him-on-top, you-on-bottom sex then this is maybe not that different. But there’s no harm in easing yourself into some of the more adventurous moves.
Difficulty rating: 1/5 All you have to do is lie there and catch him in your man-trap!
Fun rating: 2/5 An oldie, but a goodie.
Great for… Hitting a woman’s G-spot
How does it work? The woman lies on her stomach with her hips swivelled sideways and her legs bent. Now the man kneels between his partner’s legs and leans forwards with his arms on either side of her. Now it’s up to the man to do the work.
The turn-ons: As its name suggests, this position is designed to hit your G-spot – that’s good enough for us!
The turn-offs: Some women might not enjoy being face down and not able to look at their fella.
You say: ‘Wow – I’m getting excited just thinking about this sex position’
Great for… Hitting your G-spot.
How does it work? Lie face up on the bed with your legs straight up in the air. Your man kneels on the bed behind you, holds onto your legs for leverage and thrusts!
The turn-ons: With one hand he can push your legs together so he feels fuller inside you and with the other he can touch you wherever he likes.
The turn-offs: Your legs can get a bit achey.
Difficulty rating: 2/5 Another position for lazy girls, but it will give your legs a bit of a stretch.
Fun rating: 2/5 It’s good, but some of you might like to be a bit more involved
You say: ‘Phew – I thought this would be a bit tricky, but we both found it easy. 9/10 for us’
Great for… Those days when you don’t have the energy to really go for it.
How does it work? He sits upright and you lie flat out on your back. You then put your legs round him and shuffle on. He does all the work – you just have to lie back and enjoy yourself!
The turn-ons: He has his hands free so he can caress your breasts, or whatever he likes.
The turn-offs: Not so good if you like to take control.
Difficulty rating: 1/5 Definitely a position for gym-o-phobes!
Fun rating: 3/5 He does the strenuous stuff, you get all the attention – sounds good to us!
You say: ‘Great fun and it gives you a flat stomach!’
Great for… Hitting that magic G-spot.
How does it work? Well, it’s sort of a cross between doggy-style and the classic Woman-On-Top position. Your man lies flat on the bed with his legs hanging over the edge.You climb on top of your man but face away from him and lean forward with your arms, resting on his knees or thighs. Angle his penis downwards slightly and let him enter you. Then rock back and forth for an incredible, G-spot-hitting sensation.
The turn-ons: You control the speed, angle and movement and if you enjoy watching yourself having sex in the mirror, this position will give you the best view.
The turn-offs: Not so much physical contact.
Difficulty rating: 2/5 You should pick it up very quickly and can tailor it to your fitness.
Fun rating: 5/5 Your man will go wild for this and you’ll feel like the sexiest woman alive!
You say: ‘I always try this one at the start’
Great for… Spur-of-the-moment sex
How does it work? Although this position can just about be done on the bed, it probably works better in a more spontaneous location, such as a table, kitchen work surface, chair, desk… if you get our meaning. The woman sits on the surface with her legs wrapped around the man’s waist and squeezing him. The man stands facing the woman and she can wrap her arms around his back to keep herself upright.
The turn-ons:This works well for spur-of-the-moment sex, and can be done in quite a small space – that should be enough of a turn-on, if that’s why you’re trying it.
The turn-offs: You probably need to be quite fit to keep this up for longer than a few minutes.
You say: ‘Me and my boyfriend did one similar to this. He did all the work, I just laid back and enjoyed it!’
Great for… Close-up contact
How does it work?The woman is lying on her back on the edge of bed, using her forearms to support her weight, with her legs dangling down. The man now stands in front of her, leaning forwards with his hands beside her hips and, as the name suggests, thrusts.
The turn-ons: As the woman, you get to do minimal work, enjoy the view and stimulate yourself at the same time if you can balance on one arm.
The turn-offs:Your fella’s stamina could be a factor – but then it might be good for him!
You say: ‘I think it’s one of the best. The penetration was deep and the feeling was great – I hadn’t thought of anything like it before.’
Great for… Both of you
How does it work? Get the man to lay down on the bed with his bum on the end of the bed and his feet resting on the floor. Now climb on top like with your legs either side and slide down onto him. You are now in control, although he can use his legs to keep the rhythm going.
The turn-ons…You should like it because you’re in charge and he’ll love being able to lie back and enjoy the view.
The turn-offs… Some women find that the deep penetration can hurt if their partner is quite large.
You say: ‘I get an orgasm just thinking about it’
Great for… Hitting your G spot How does it work? You simply lie on your bed, with your legs on the floor. He stands up and enters you, while you hook your legs round his legs ors, if you can manage it, round his waist. He then does all the work, thrusting into you.
The turn-ons You get to lie back and do nothing ‘and’ your G-spot should get a tickling.
The turn-offs If your fella isn’t fit enough, this might have to stop before it’s begun, as it takes a fair bit of stamina.
You say: ‘Works like a charm’
Great for… Deep penetration.
How does it work? You lie on the bed with your legs apart and raise them up in the air. Your man kneels in front of you and leans forward in between your legs. He then thrusts back and forth and you keep your legs up in front of his arms.
The turn ons: This positions allows your man to penetrate you deeply and is another great angle for hitting your g-spot.
The turn offs: You have to keep your legs up, which can start to ache after a while.
Difficulty rating: 3/5 If you can bare the leg strain, it’s a piece of cake!
Fun rating: 4/5 Definitely up there with the best of them.
You say: ‘I really like this one. It hits my G-spot every time’
Great for… Energetic sex
How does it work? The man kneels down and then brings one leg up in front of him and places it flat on the floor in front of him. Then you kneel in front of him and onto him, grabbing his thigh in one hand and his bum in the other. You can then both thrust into each other like there’s no tomorrow.
The turn-ons This is great for spontaneous sex, because all you need is the floor, so try it if you get in the mood – or bored, of course – when you’re watching TV.
The turn-offs If you’re not careful you are likely to burn your knees, so put down a cushion or towel before you start.
You say: ‘I’m so in love with this position!’
Great for… Being in control
How does it work? Get your man to kneel down on the bed. Now sit on his lap with legs either side of his body and slide onto him. Now you can move and wriggle away to your heart’s desire and control the speed and penetration.
The turn-ons: Not only are you in control, but he’s in perfect position to play with your breasts and nipples.
The turn-offs: Your partner mind find his legs go to sleep after a while, so don’t spend hours in this position
You say: ‘J’aime le sex’
Great for… Female orgasm
How does it work?The man sits on the bed, with his legs outstretched. Then you climb on top of him, and wrap your legs round behind his back, while he pulls you towards him. Then you move up and down at a speed to suit you.
The turn-ons: You get very deep penetration and are able to kiss throughout. He also has easy access to your breasts which he’ll love – and so will you if he makes the most of it!
The turn-offs: You have to do most of the work so you might get worn out quickly.
You say: ‘Love this position. Hits the spot everytime. EXCELLENT!’
Great for… Hitting your G-spot
How does it work? Get the man to sit on the bed with his legs out in front of him. Now sit on his lap facing him with your legs either side of his body. Now you can rock together and should slowly reach orgasm simultaneously.
The turn-ons: You should like it, because it gives deep penetration and you should get a really powerful orgasm.
The turn-offs: Some men lose feeling in their legs, if you do this for too long.
You say: ‘I just tried this position with my fiance and we both enjoyed it… usually our sex routine is the same old boring stuff but tonight completely changed it for us!’
Great for… Oral pleasure for you and fast sex
How does it work? Sit on a chair or your sofa and scoot forward so you’re sitting fairly close to the edge. Now get your fella to kneel in front of you between your legs and slowly slide into you. Now he can grab your thighs and you can pull him onto you by his waist or bum. Things can get very fast and furious very quickly.
The turn-ons You should like this sex position, because he can use his mouth on you first, before you reach a fast, powerful orgasm together.
The turn-offs You may need to wriggle around a bit to make sure you’re both in the right position
You say: ‘OMG that was awesome! Truly the ideal position for me and my not-so-fit-man!
Great for… Spontaneous sex
How does it work?You sit on the stairs and rest your back up against the wall. Get your fella to stand in front of you, but with his feet a few steps further down than you. You should now lift your outer leg up and rest it against his body, as he slides into you. Now you can push away from the wall into him and he can use the stairs and your leg to push on and into you.
The turn-ons: If you’re doing it on the stairs, you should already be pretty turned on, so this is a great position to reach a fast, simultaneous orgasm.
The turn-offs: No matter how well carpeted your stairs are, this can become uncomfortable, so don’t hang about.
You say: ‘It was good until my sister came home and saw us!’
Great for… Female orgasm – great for women who don’t usually come during sex.
How does The Cat work? The man lies on top in the same way as the normal missionary position and enters the woman, but then he moves his body up the woman slowly, until he’s as high as he can get without hurting himself. Then, instead of thrusting, he grinds into you slowly in small circles. This is great for the woman, because her clitoris is being stimulated by the base of his penis.This position is also known as the Coital Alignment Technique ( where the cat name comes from) and is recommended by lots of sex experts, including our own Christine Webber!
The turn-ons It’s almost guaranteed to give a woman a very deep, satisfying orgasm.The turn-offsIt relies on the man keeping up this slow movements and, let’s face it, we know he wants to move far more energetically than that normally.
You say: ‘Everyone’s going crazy for this sex position! Apparently it was on TV in the US as the best position for an orgasm…’
Great for… Your fella
How does it work? You start by sitting on him and then, using your hands to steady yourself, you lift one leg over your body and turn sideways. Give a few thrusts in between and then keep turning until your facing away from him.
The turn-ons He gets a unique corkscrew sensation and you get to be in control, which is always more fun, we think.
The turn-offs It can actually be quite tricky to move around over the man’s legs
You say: ‘Looks so good, I’m gonna try it tonight.’
Great for… The more flexible woman
How does it work? You simply lie on your back and he kneels between your legs. Then you simply lift your legs onto his shoulders.
The turn-ons: He can touch you everywhere and you can move at whatever speed you want.
The turn-offs: You have to be able to get your legs up there and then you don’t really do much, because otherwise it might stretch you too much.
You say: This is the best position we have tried so far
Great for… Both of you
How does it work? Forget about the bedroom, this position can be done almost anywhere. And if you need more support you can do it on a desk or other solid surface.The man needs to lean back on a wall facing the woman, holding her. The woman straddles the man and can use one leg hooked around his legs or hips for balance. Both of you rock together rather than just the man thrusting.
The turn-ons: He gets great access to your boobs, you’ll both feel really close and you can control how deep he goes and how much clitoral stimulation you get. Plus, this is a great position for a quickie.
The turn-offs: He needs to keep steady and have something strong to lean against or hold on to. If you’re very different heights one of you may need something to stand on or hold on to.
Great for… Your fella
How does it work? Lie on the bed with your legs over the edge and shift forward till your bum is also off the end. Now get your man to kneel in front of you and penetrate you. Now you need to push up on your toes and get arch your back and get him to hold your bum and begin to thrust. Standing on your toes will heighten your orgasm.
The turn-ons: You should like it, because not only do you have very little to do, but he should hit your G-spot.
The turn-offs: He may find sex positions like this a little tiring, so make sure you’re both very turned on before your start.
You say: ‘Muy bueno!’
Great for… A more powerful orgasm
How does it work? Anywhere horizontal is good for this position, although you may find the floor better as it gives a more solid base to lie on. Start off by getting into the traditional ‘woman-on-top’ style (in fact, you might want to start off having sex in this position to get you going). Make sure your hands balance you by placing them on the floor either side of your man so you can gradually ease your legs out straight over his, hooking your toes on top of his feet to keep your legs out straight and secured – all the while ensuring that his penis stays inside you.With your hands on the floor to either side of his chest, get your man to put his hands under yours and then support your weight and balance while you both bring your hands in to your elbows. Then lift your chest and stomach up and off of him.Now move up and down at a speed that suits you – this is a great one for controlling your orgasm. Make sure you keep your legs straight, thighs taut and toes pressed against his feet – in theory this will give you a much stronger orgasm!
The turn-ons: Good for more intimate sex with a fun twist as you get to look into each other eyes. Plus, he gets a great view of your breasts.
The turn-offs: Both of you may find your arms might get tired from trying to support your upper body weight. He’ll be able to thrust but not much else.
Difficulty rating: 2/5 It might take a little manoeuvring to start but then it’s plain sailing.
Fun rating: 3/5 It’s a slow burner but worth the build up!
You say: Phenomenal! Explosive! Amazing orgasm!
Great for… You – You’ll get deep penetration and an amazing orgasm.
How does it work? You lie on your back and he kneels in front you. Wrap you legs around him and let him lift you up so he can enter you. He supports you with one arm under your back while you put the weight on your shoulders, as he thrusts in and out of you.
The turn ons: This sex position’s all about you. By arching your back, he’s more likely to hit your G-spot and give you a brilliant orgasm.
The turn offs: He is holding some of your weight, so depending on the size of his biceps, he might get a little tired and have to put you down.
Difficulty rating: 3/5 He needs to be strong enough to hold you till you climax.
Fun rating: 4/5 You’ll be trying to arch your back in every position once you’ve tried this.