Opting for the same tried-and-true positions during sex is kind of like watching your favorite movie: You know you’re going to enjoy it, and you’re well aware how it’ll end (happily, obvi.) But even though your fave film may be endlessly amazing, it never hurts to switch things up and try something new. Same goes for sex positions.
But where to even begin? Consider one of these 46 orgasm-inducing ways to get your grind on. Behold: Your ultimate guide to the best sex positions of all kinds—bound to help fulfill all of your naughty needs.
Whether you’re with a penis-having person, or your partner is wearing a strap-on (or vice-versa), scroll on down, down, down—and enjoy yourself.
(Note: While many of these directions reference male partners, these positions can be assumed by just about anyone.)
1. PRETZEL DIP
How to: Lie on your right side; your partner kneels, straddling your right leg and curling your left leg around his left side.
Benefit: With this sex position, you get the deeper penetration of doggy style while still being able to make that important eye contact.
Bonus: Get your partner to rub your clit.
How to: Lie facedown on the bed, legs straight, hips slightly raised.
Benefit: This sex position creates a snug fit, so your partner’s penis will seem even larger.
Bonus: Some shallow thrusts and deep breathing will help the sex last longer.
How to: Lie back with your legs resting on each of your partner’s shoulders.
Bonus: Ask your partner to start rocking you in a side-to-side or up-and-down motion. That should bring the penis into direct contact with your G-spot.
How to: Your partner sits on a chair or the edge of the bed; you face him, seated on his lap.
Benefit: During this sex position, you’re in control of the angle and depth of the entry and thrust. Being seated provides support, so it’s great for marathon sex.
Bonus: Let your fingers (and hands) do the talking. Once seated, you can put your hands anywhere on your body or your partner’s to make things more interesting.
5. COWGIRL’S HELPER
How to: Similar to the popular Cowgirl sex position, you kneel on top, pushing off your partner’s chest and sliding up and down the thighs. But your partner helps by supporting some of your weight and grabbing your hips or thighs while he rises to meet each thrust.
Benefit: This sex position puts less stress on your legs, making climaxing easier. Plus, if you’re with a guy, female-dominant sex positions delay his climax—so everyone wins.
Bonus: Alternate between shallow and deep thrusting to stimulate different parts of the vagina.
6. LEAP FROG
How to: This is a modified doggy-style. Get on your hands and knees, then, keeping hips raised, rest your head and arms on the bed.
Benefit: This sex position creates deeper penetration—and gives you a chance to rest on a pillow.
Bonus: Use your hands to stimulate your clitoris.
7. BALLET DANCER
How: Standing on one foot, face your partner and wrap your other leg around his waist while he helps support you.
Benefit: This sex position allows for quality face time and connecting.
Bonus: If you’re really flexible, try putting the raised leg on his shoulder for even deeper penetration.
How to: You kneel on top, pushing off your partner’s chest and sliding up and down his thighs. You can relieve some of your weight from his pelvis by leaning back and supporting yourself on his thighs.
Benefit: By being the dominant in this sex position, you’ll delay his climax and intensify yours.
Bonus: Discover new sensations for both of you by widening your knees or bringing them closer to his body.
How to: Near the edge of a bed or bench, rest on the hip and forearm of one side and press your thighs together. Your partner stands and straddles you, entering from behind.
Benefit: Keeping your legs pressed together during this sex position allows for a tighter hold on him as he thrusts.
Bonus: Instead of letting your partner do all the work, try thrusting your hips slightly to match the tempo.
How to: Get on your hands and feet and have him pick you up by the pelvis. Then grip his waist with your thighs.
Benefit: Aside from being a fabulous arm workout for you, this male-dominant sex position allows him deeper penetration.
Bonus: Try resting on a table or the side of the bed and give your arms a break.
How to: Lie on your back while he lies facedown on top of you.
Benefit: This sex position is simple, elegant, effective, and surprisingly versatile.
Bonus: You can drastically change the sensation for both of you by shifting the angle of your legs.
12. DOGGIE STYLE/REAR ENTRY
How to: Get on all fours. Your partner kneels behind you, with his upper body straight up or slightly draped over you.
Benefit: This sex position allows for deep penetration and easier G-spot stimulation.
Bonus: Stimulate your clitoris with one hand, or ask your partner to do the finger work for you.
How to: Your partner enters you from the missionary position, then slides his chest and legs off your body so his pelvis is in the same location but his limbs form an “X” with yours.
Benefit: You feel more of his body in motion with this sex position.
Bonus: Use this unique angle to massage his back, butt, or legs as he thrusts.
14. THE CABOOSE
How to: While he sits on the bed or a chair, back yourself into his lap and spoon each other while seated.
Benefit: You can’t see your partner during this sex position, which means fantasizing is easier and can add to the excitement.
Bonus: Tighten the muscles of your pelvic floor so you can grip him and keep him erect.
15. REVERSE COWGIRL
How to: Your partner lies on his back; you straddle him, facing his feet.
Benefit: This position lets you take control and show your guy the pace and rhythm you like.
Bonus: To get more leverage, put your knees and shins inside his legs and under his thighs.
16. STAND AND DELIVER
How to: With both of you standing, you bend over at the waist; he enters you from behind.
Benefit: Bending over during this sex position helps make the vaginal walls tighter and increases the intensity of the friction.
Bonus: Have your partner tickle your clitoris with a free hand, or loosely tie your hands together with a silky scarf.
17. SCOOP ME UP
How to: Both of you lie on your sides, facing the same direction. You bring your knees up slightly while your parnter slides up behind your pelvis and enters you from behind.
Benefit: This sex position allows for more skin-to-skin contact, increasing your stimulation.
Bonus: Have your partner place his hands on your shoulders to increase the intensity and deepness of the thrust.
18. REVERSE SCOOP
How to: From the missionary position, without disengaging, turn together onto your sides, using your arms to support your upper bodies.
Benefit: You get the same full-body press and can gaze into each other’s eyes.
Bonus: Try intertwining your legs with his or fondling him down below.
19. MAGIC MOUNTAIN
How to: Your partner sits, legs bent, leaning back on his hands and forearms. You do the same and then inch toward him until you make contact.
Benefit: You’ll both feel really connected looking at each other. Increase your stimulation by grinding your clitoris against his pelvis.
Bonus: Slide ice cubes down his chest and let the cold water collect at the base of his pelvis.
20. THE CHAIRMAN
How to: Your partner sits on the edge of the bed and you sit on him, facing away.
Benefit: This sex position will hit the spot…as in, your G-spot. Meanwhile, you can use your hands to stimulate his scrotum or perineum.
Bonus: Bring your knees closer to your chest, supporting your feet on the bed.
How to: You lie on your back while your partner straddles you. He then gently inserts his penis through the tight opening created by your semi-closed legs.
Benefit: Tightness increases the intensity of the penetration.
Bonus: Have him fondle your breasts or gently hold down your wrists for a little bondage action.
22. GOLDEN ARCH
How to: Your partner sits with his legs straight and you sit on top of him with bent knees on top of his thighs, and you both lean back.
Benefit: This position gives you both nice views of each other’s full bodies. You’ll also have control over the depth, speed, and angle of the thrusts.
Bonus: Have him use his hand to rub your clitoris, or use your own. Lean back farther for extra G-spot stimulation.
23. THE SEASHELL
How to: Lie back with your legs raised all the way up and your ankles crossed behind your own head. He enters you from a missionary position.
Benefit: Your hands are free to work your clitoris.
Bonus: Have him “ride high,” rubbing his pubic bone against your clitoris, or “ride low,” directly stimulating your G-spot with the head of his penis.
24. BUTTER CHURNER
How to: Lie on your back with your legs raised and folded over so that your ankles are on either side of your head, while he squats and dips his penis in and out of your vagina.
Benefit: Aside from getting that eye contact, the extra rush of blood into your head will increase the ecstasy.
Bonus: Have him dribble chocolate syrup or honey into your mouth. It gets more of your senses involved and amps up the whole experience.
25. THE PINBALL WIZARD
How to: You get into a partial bridge position, with your weight resting on your shoulders. Your partner enters you from a kneeling position.
Benefit: It allows your partner easy access to stimulate your clitoris and massage the mons pubis.
Bonus: Throw one leg up against his shoulder for deeper penetration.
26. CHAMPAGNE ROOM
How to: Your partner sits and you sit on top of him, facing away.
Benefit: It helps you regulate the pace and intensity of the thrusts.
Bonus: Try doing it on the stairs or the edge of the tub.
27. THE OM
How to: Your partner sits cross-legged (yoga-style), you sit in his lap facing him. Wrap your legs around him and hug each other for support.
Benefit: Best for tantric sex. Rocking, not thrusting, is the key when it comes to this very intimate position.
Bonus: Lock into each other’s deep gaze to put some extra “oh” into the big O.
28. UPSTANDING CITIZEN
How to: You straddle him, wrapping your legs around his body. He stands and supports you in his arms. You can start on the bed and have him pick you up without disengaging. (Or for the truly bold, you can hop aboard from standing position!).
Benefit: He needs to spread his thighs slightly and not lock his knees.
Bonus: Have him push you up against a wall—very carefully.
How to: From missionary position, you raise your legs and extend them straight out (forming a “V”).
Benefit: This allows for good body contact with the vulva.
Bonus: Try grabbing your ankles. It can give you stability and an added stretch.
30. THE LAZY MAN
How to: Place pillows behind your partner’s back and have him sit on the bed with legs outstretched. Now straddle his waist, feet on the bed. Bend your knees to lower yourself onto him, using one hand to direct his penis in. Just by pressing on the balls of your feet and releasing, you can raise and lower yourself onto his shaft as slowly or as quickly as you please.
Benefit: This position puts you in control, and maintains plenty of intimacy. Think of his penis as a masturbatory tool, something to rub and stimulate your clitoris with and against.
Bonus: From this position, you both can lie back into the Spider position or its more challenging variation, the X.
31. THE SPIDER
How to: Sit on the bed with legs toward one another, arms back to support yourselves. Now move together and onto his penis. Your hips will be between his spread legs, your knees bent, and feet outside of his hips and flat on the bed. Now rock back and forth.
Benefit: You can still maintain eye contact while viewing the action at center stage.
Bonus: Grab your partner’s hands and pull yourself up into a squatting position while he lies back. Or he can remain seated upright and pull you against his chest into the Lazy Man position.
32. THE X POSITION
How to: Sit on the bed facing each other with legs forward. Lift your partner’s right leg over your left and lift your right leg over his left. Come together so he can enter you. Now both of you lie back, your legs forming an X. Slow, leisurely gyrations replace thrusting.
Benefit: Prolonged slow sex that will build your arousal. Shallow thrusts stimulate the nerve endings in the head of his penis.
Bonus: Reach out and hold hands to pull together for pelvic thrusting. Also, take turns alternatively sitting up and lying back without changing the rhythm.
How to: While you lie on your back, raise your right leg so he can position himself between your legs at a 90-degree angle and enter you. Your legs will form the tines of a spork (you know: a spoon-fork combo). You can do this with him facing you or facing your back.
Benefit: From the spork position, you can lift your top leg and support it by resting it on your partner’s shoulder. From here, you can easily stimulate your clitoris using your fingers while he is inside you.
Bonus: Synchronize your breathing. One of you takes the lead and the other follows so that you inhale and exhale together. The coordinated rythm opens an unspoken dialogue of intimacy.
34. SNOW ANGEL
How to: Lie on your back and have your partner straddle you facing away. Lift your legs and wrap them around his back to elevate your pelvis so he can enter you. Grab his butt to help him slide up and back. Add a little massage action to your grip.
Benefit: You get a prime view of his cute butt. Plus, from this position, you have easy access to fondle his testicles. Not to mention, his pelvis is perfectly positioned to grind against your clit.
Bonus: Have him spin around into missionary style to face you while trying to stay inserted. Then switch positions, this time with you on top and facing away.
35. SEATED WHEELBARROW
How to: Have your partner sit at the edge of a bed or chair and position yourself so that your butt is in his lap, and plant your hands firmly on the floor. Stretch your legs out behind his waist (it’ll probably work better if he supports your thighs) and pump away.
Benefit: This position allows for deep penetration—plus you’ll work your arms while you’re at it.
Bonus: Try rhythmically squeezing your pelvic muscles, to help you both reach a strong climax.
36. WRAPPED LOTUS
How to: Have your partner sit cross-legged and climb into his lap, facing him, with your legs wrapped around his back. Have your partner enter you and grind up against them.
Benefit: This position allows for some major face-to-face intimacy. Plus there’s plenty of room for creativity in this position—like stimulating different erogenous zones on each others’ upper bodies, like the head, neck, and face.
Bonus: Ask him to lick your nipples and let his hands roam.
37. TABLE TOP
How to: You don’t have to do this one on a table—any surface that hits your partner at crotch height will do. Have him enter you while you’re sitting or lying at the edge of a table, counter, or maybe even your bed.
Benefit: This position is great for face-to-face action. Plus, if you two are drastically different heights, this is a great option, since it puts you both at the same height.
Bonus: Try bringing your legs down and placing your feet on his chest, in front of his shoulders. This allows you to control the tempo and depth of thrusts.
38. THE SNAKE
How to: Lie down on your stomach, and have your partner lie down on top of you and slide in from behind.
Benefit: This position allows for super-deep penetration, and a snug fit which can feel great for you and your partner.
Bonus: You can reach back and wrap your hand around his shaft to help control how deep he gets or change up the angle of your butt for the same effect.
39. WOMAN ASTRIDE
How to: This position is just like cowgirl, but with a twist. Climb on top and have your partner enter you. Then, lean back and place your hands on the bed for support, creating a 45-degree angle with your partner’s legs.
Benefit: This change in angle helps target your G-spot even more, and gives you control over the speed and depth of thrusts. Plus, your partner has easy access to your clitoris from this position.
Bonus: Give yourself a hand with the “V stroke”: Make a V with the index and ring finger of one hand and place the fingers on either side of your clitoris with his penis in between. Push your fingers down in a rocking motion.
40. BELLY DOWN
How to: Lie on your stomach with your hands thrust between your legs. Grind your legs together and move your hips up and down so that your clitoris and pubic mound rub against your firmly held fingers.
Benefit: Simple yet superb satisfaction.
Bonus: It’s easy to add to most rear-entry positions, like the Flatiron or the Leapfrog.
41. BUBBLE THE FUN
How to: With your body submerged and legs dangling out of the tub, start by giving yourself a rubdown up top before you move down to roam around under the water.
Benefit: Relaxing in a warm sweet-smelling bath helps relieve tension, ease stress, and definitely gets you in the mood.
Bonus: Add in a waterproof vibe—like Eva by Dame Products ($140, amazon.com)—to make waves or take advantage of the “pulse” setting on your detachable shower head. Steady streams of water on the clitoris can be extremely pleasurable.
42. CIRCLE PERK
How to: From a seated position, use your finger to “draw” a circle around your clitoris. Start slowly and increase speed and pressure, depending on your reaction.
Benefit: This move is great for women who find direct clitoral pressure too intense for prolonged stimulation.
Bonus: Tired of the “O” shape? Try tracing the letters of the alphabet on your c-spot to vary the sensation.
43. COUCH GRIND
How to: Ride the arm of a stuffed chair or couch, or the edge of a table or desk with a thick towel or blanket folded over it. Start with a small movement of the hips, and slowly build momentum.
Benefit: Great if you like solid, steady pressure on your clitoris.
Bonus: Grip the arm with your thighs and have your guy enter you from behind like the Doggy Style position. Just make sure not to break any furniture.
44. GET TO THE G-SPOT
How to: Lie on your back and bring your knees in toward your chest. Insert one or two fingers deeply into your vagina. As you withdraw your finger, press against the front of your vagina and urethra and curl your finger in a beckoning gesture.
Benefit: With this motion it’s normal to feel a slight urgency to urinate at first, but with practice and several sessions, you can expect to experience a warm, pleasurable experience.
Bonus: Try it with only one leg bent to your chest, extending the other, for a variation on the sensation.
45. TAP DANCE
How to: Lie on one side with one leg extended and the other bent. With one hand, gently separate and hold your labia to the sides, and apply a tiny drop of lube to your exposed clitoris. Then, with the opposite hand, begin tapping gently on it.
Benefit: Tapping, instead of rubbing, can cause quick and intense sensations for those who find direct stimulation too intense.
Bonus: Tapping harder or faster will create different sensations. See how long you can last or ask your partner to take part in the fun.
46. LOOK AND LEARN
How to: Holding a hand mirror, sit in a comfortable chair with one leg propped up on the bed or couch. Now that you can check out the goods, venture away from your sensitive clitoris to discover new erogenous zones. Explore the opening, inside, and back wall of your vagina with your fingers, pressing and changing pressure until you find something that feels right.
Benefit: With this sex position you get a new point of view. You may learn a new way to ring your bell, which can help alleviate the frustration many women feel when they can come in only one position.