Just like life, sex should never be boring. That’s why it’s a great idea to change things up every now and then with some different positions. While missionary is a traditional favourite for a reason, sometimes it just doesn’t hit the spot for you and your partner – literally.

That’s why we’re here to help with some sex positions 101. First we’ll touch on a few different sex positions to try that you might not have heard about, then we’ll explore the best sex positions for men and women, as well as the best sex positions for orgasm.

Let’s get into the action so you can get down with some new tricks.

Sex positions to try

When you’re looking for new sex positions to try, it can all seem a bit overwhelming with literally thousands of techniques and moves to discover. To make things easy, we’ve put together a helpful table that includes the penetration level, difficulty and petting areas – so you can find the best sex positions for you.

Sex Position Penetration level
Petting areas
Mid / Deep
Doggy Style Deep
Cowgirl Mid / Deep
Ankles Up Deep
Hands / Thighs
Standing Quickie
Shallow / Mid
Spooning Shallow
Butt / Breasts
Figure of Eight Mid / Deep
Thighs / Breasts
Crouching Dragon Mid / Deep
The Lotus Deep
The Lap Dance Shallow / Mid

Best sex positions for men

Whether you’re looking to spice up your own moves or drive your man wild, there are a few different sex positions that can really heighten a man’s enjoyment levels.

  • The Standing Quickie: Standing-up sex positions may be difficult to get into at first, but they are super-energetic and exciting. This is the position you want when you’re in a hurry. Either press your partner against a wall for support or get them to wrap their legs around your waist while you hold onto their hips.
  • Crouching Dragon: Get your partner on all fours at the edge of the bed while you stand behind like in Doggy Style. Keep your feet shoulder-width apart and have your partner keep their legs close together – this intensifies the sensation for both of you and leaves your hands free to roam over their body.
  • The Lotus: Standard missionary position, this is not! The Lotus starts the same way, but instead you’ll want your partner to rest their feet on your hips. This shortens their vaginal canal or anus and provides an explosive sensation with deep penetration.

Best sex positions for women

Try these female-focused sex positions to get off harder and faster, or test them out with your partner to really drive her wild.

  • Doggy Style: You gotta love a classic, and there’s a reason why Doggy Style is so many people’s favourite sex position. The woman stays on all fours while her partner enters from behind. The best part about Doggy Style is that you can change it up in multiple ways – maybe you want to drive from in front instead of your partner from behind, or you get them to put their legs outside yours. It’s a fun sex position well worth exploring!
  • Cowgirl: Sitting on top means you get to control the thrusts and depth of penetration, and when you lean back your partner can help get you there faster by playing with your clit.
  • Ankles Up: Super-charge the missionary position for her benefit with Ankles Up. Lie on your back with your ankles over your shoulders and let your partner take the lead. It offers deeper penetration – and you can maximise that sensation by propping a pillow underneath the small of your back.

Best sex positions for men and women

Sex should never be a race to the finish line. That’s why we reckon these sex positions for men and women can make every time a great time. Test out a few of the following positions and see what works best for both of you.

  • Spooning: Sex doesn’t always have to be hard and fast. Sometimes it’s about the journey, and spooning is the perfect sex position for a sensual experience together. While lying sideways on your bed, press yourself into your partner from behind – yes, penetration isn’t as deep, but if your partner holds their legs together it intensifies the feeling of tightness.
  • Figure of Eight: With the woman on her back and her hips propped up with a pillow, lie on top of her with your legs flat on the bed while holding yourself up with your arms. This angle allows your pubic bone to naturally rub against her clit when you gently start moving your hips in a figure-eight motion.
  • The Lap Dance: For something a little different but still plenty of fun, grab a chair that’s strong enough to support the both of you. One partner sits in the chair while the other straddles them, and the person on top can control the angle, depth and speed of each movement – so change it up from time to time for something a little spicy.

Best sex positions for orgasm

If you’re in the mood to orgasm (and really, who isn’t?) or want to hit her g-spot, then these are the best sex positions to try.

  • Reverse Cowgirl: This is just like the Cowgirl sex position described above, except you face your partner’s feet instead of their face. This sex position still allows for the same control for the person on top, but it allows for much deeper penetration and an angle that’s easier to hit the g-spot. Plus, both partners can run their fingers all over the top’s body, including clitoral stimulation to maximise the orgasm.
  • Downward Dog: This is Doggy Style taken up a notch. Rather than being on your hands and knees, get your partner to rest on their elbows – or even onto the chest for the deepest possible penetration – and use a free hand (or your partner’s) to manually stimulate them, so you can both reach orgasm.
  • Sideways Spoon: Just like the Spooning technique, this involves both partners on their side and pressing into each other. The woman can gently guide her partner’s hand onto her clit to show what she wants, and for a little something extra a vibrator can elevate the entire experience – and the orgasms.

These fun sex positions can turn a boring evening into an explosive night. And if you want to ramp things up even further, why not throw a few sex toys into the mix? From something that fits in the palm of your hand like the Durex Sensual Bliss massager, to a more intense sensation with the Durex Extreme Thrill Premium Rabbit – there are so many great toys available to supercharge your sex life.