69 Sex Positions You Need to Put on Your Bucket List Immediately

by Natalie Kiser

December 15, 2021 at 2:44pm PM EST

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In the wonderful world of sex and sex positions, there’s getting down and then there’s getting down. For connoisseurs of a good sensual romp — we’re talking about our true believers, scholars and geeks when it comes to sex and sexuality — there’s always a sexy new position, a new sensation or experience to try out with your partners for any occasion (some new sex toys can mix things up too). There’s plenty of ways to make sure that no two nights in are exactly the same, whether you’re playing solo, with a partner or with more than one partner.

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Don’t get us wrong; we’re always down for a casual quickie or some moderately augmented missionary to give a quick O, but why not branch out and take things to a whole new level? After all, your sex life is a living, breathing and evolving thing that deserves a bit of TLC to keep you and your partner(s) entertained and satisfied through the years. Sometimes all it takes is a brand-spanking-new position to get the party started and to reignite some important conversations about what feels best in the act. (It’s okay if those things change or if you just want to test something out!) Speaking of spankings, you can throw one of those in for good measure too. You know, if that’s what you’re into.

We also know you’re busy and you don’t want to waste that precious alone time researching impossible pretzel-like contortions to try out (though workout recovery can double as sex recovery if your back is paying for your creativity and ambition in the bedroom).

To help, we’ve compiled 69 fun positions we think you should try ASAP (along with some sweet and guaranteed-to-please) to inject some more creativity into your sex life. Ironically, good old-fashioned 69 isn’t on this list — but we’ve got a separate run-down of different ways to 69, too.

So here you go: 69 (Nice) sex positions to try out. Be safe, be smart and have fun!

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Modified coital-alignment technique

The pressure and friction of Coital Alignment Technique (CAT) positions elevate being face-to-face with your partner beyond missionary. The recieving partner lays back and the penetrating partner enters from above, offering the benefit of getting some grinding clitoral stimulation along with some internal stimulation that you can control with shallow or deeper thrusts. 

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Pushing Tush

Butt-lovers rejoice! A move that helps both the penetrating and recieving partner play around with the back door, particularly if your partner has expressed interest in playing around with anal penetration in a less-intimidating way. For added fun, you can add some toys (a good lube is your best friend here!) for something extra powerful. 

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The Butterfly

Another way to modify missionary with a bit more power, the Butterfly sex position involves having the recieving partner lay back on a slightly elevated surface (bed, table, countertop, go off!) tilting their hips upward and offering cervical stimulation and free hands for clitoral activities. 

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Countertop

For that sweeping-off-the-countertop (or desk) hot sex moment that you’ve totally fantasized about, this position can utilize just about any flat surface that is the right height for your penetrating partner. Take turns controlling the depth of penetration (the receiving partner can adjust their legs at their partners shoulders as well) and you’ll both be seeing stars. 

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Happy scissors

Another one that is excellent for any flat surface, the sweet, wide-open energy of this position is totally erotic. Again, the penetrating partner can adjust depth depending on how they support the recieving partners legs and it also gives access to other erogenous zones down the legs and feet, for folks who are into that. 

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Uncloak the Clitoris

You’re never too cool for hand stuff. This is your periodic reminder that the vast majority of people with vulvas can’t orgasm from penetration alone (which is totally cool and fine — and orgasm isn’t the point of good sex anyway!) buhuhut if you are looking to help your partner get off, keeping your hands free to give their clitoris some love is an expert move.

The clit is a super sensitive part of the body with more than 8,000 nerve endings in the tip alone, so giving it some gentle — lubricated, ideally! — swirls, circles and strokes (just ask what your partner likes best) is the easiest way to up your game as a lover.

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Seated Scissors

Getting your penetratee partner eon top is a great way to give them a boost of control (and to give the penetrating partner a hell of a view). In this position, the partner recieving can straddle the penetrating partner with one leg between his and one outside his hip, allowing some extra angles and creative ranges of motion while also giving some additional grinding options for clitoral stimulation. Score! 

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Baring the Scepter

If you don’t have a cool penis ring on hand, never fear! This is the organic way to get that same intense reaction for partners with penises. Simply form a ring with your thumb and forefinger around the base of the penis, pull down so the skin of the shaft is taught and enjoy the increased sensitivity and sensations that follow.If you can keep your hand there during intercourse, it’s a sure way to level-up penetrative sex. 

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Hands Behind Ankles

Entering into the kinky portion of our list, this is a position that you’ll want a comfortable pair of cuffs, a good deal of flexibility and some pre-game discussion: make sure the partner being cuffed is comfortable, you’ve sorted out safe words (stopping when you hear “stop” is always good, too) and that you’ve got some cozy aftercare planned. 

Now on to the position: Sort of a Yoga meets hogtie move (unless you get a set up of cuffs that accomodate ankles, I suppose), you’ll want to have the partner being penetrated/cuffed lie down with their belly to the floor and bend their legs up. Reaching back for their feet, attach the cuffs around the wrists so they sit behind their ankles. With a little careful maneuvering, have the penetrating partner slide in between your back and ankles. (Or, when in doubt, bust out a toy!) With the penetrated partner’s hips open, the stretch also brings a bit of extra blood to your pelvis allowing for a highly stimulating experience.

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The kinky missionary

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Queening in bondage

Now it’s his turn to submit.

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Standing room only

The cuff support makes this position a little hotter — and a lot easier.

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Self-lovin’ on your knees

The perfect excuse to explore your body (alone) and find out what you really want in bed.

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Leg up, full frontal

Once you master the art of not slipping, shower sex is perfect for the morning quickie.

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Soap and a grope

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Tawdry in the tub

If you partner isn’t a bath person, this position may change their mind.

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Opening up

Mixing things up keeps “me time” interesting.

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Over the hump

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Superstar

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The leg shaver

That high-pressure, detachable showerhead is there for a reason (for some fun solo play).

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The solo snake

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Backseat driver

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Belt bondage

A secure seatbelt makes the perfect handcuff prop when going at it in the car.

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Seated rear entry

The most subtle of car-sex moves for when you really don’t want to get caught.

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Yab-yum with a twist

This traditional tantric sex move works great in the front seat of the car.

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Trunk space

For in-the-car doggy style or anal, this position goes both ways.

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Pregnancy sex positions

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Queen takes king

With that baby bump strategically moved out of the way, it’s time to get down to business.

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The ‘lazy’ sex position

Any (pregnant) sex is great sex when you’re getting off.

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Layer cake

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The reverse slither

A whole new way to take it from behind — with plenty of opportunities to stimulate the breasts and clit.

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Stacked snakes

Grinding against a toy or hand makes a female orgasm almost guaranteed.

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The splitting of bamboo

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The private dancer

For that ultra-sexy lap dance you’ve always wanted to give.

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X marks the spot

Kinky spread-eagle sex makes for a triple-X finish.

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Rock ‘n’ roll

The blindfolds used in this woman-on-top move will remove every last inhibition.

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Cowgirl or cowboy

Recommended for the anal first-timer, since the top partner controls the depth of penetration.

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Doggy-style

A classic anal move made even more pleasurable with lots and lots of lube.

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Face to face

This steamy move offers extra intimacy during the act and can be adapted for anal sex.  

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Missionary with a twist

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On the stomach

A relaxing position for better penetration.

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Spooning with a twist

Traditional spooning makes for a great backdoor move, leaving the breasts and clitoris open for play.

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The circus freak

You’ll need some flexibility to master this position, which is more freaky than it sounds.

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Froggie-style

When doggy-style gets old, froggie-style will keep things spicy in bed.

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Lap dance

A sexy and fairly simple way to get both partners turned on fast.

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The yogi

Otherwise known as upside-down doggy-style, you might want to practice this one a few times. (Wink!)

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Inverted missionary

Further proof that missionary can still be sexy and interesting with a reverse cowgirl on top.

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The cowpoke

For those hot-and-heavy bedroom moments when you’re in the mood to ride.

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The BBQ quickie

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The lounging lioness

Poolside pleasure for two, coming right up.

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The pouncing panther

OK, so it’s just doggy style, but location is everything.

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The swimming porpoise

Super-sultry sex in the water has Wild Things written all over it.

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The teddy bear

This romantic and intimate position will heat things up on a hot summer afternoon.

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Closed for business

Getting oral with your legs closed turns arousal up to 11.

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In high heels

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The drop box

Considered one of the best positions for the female orgasm (and your partner will probably enjoy it too).

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The G-whiz

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The Tilt-a-Whirl

With the right rhythm and balance, this G-spot-friendly position will have you seeing stars in the best way possible.

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Beach-safe doggy-style

An easy way to get it on on the beach without getting sand in those crevices.

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In the water

A super-sexy sex on-the-beach move, because no one knows what’s going on below the surface.

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On a beach ball

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Reverse cowgirl

From the bedroom to the beach, the reverse cowgirl position translates perfectly.

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Standing up

Beach sex 101: Pull your swimsuit to the side and get busy.

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Under a blanket

Keeping beach sex under wraps can be even hotter (just try and wait until the beach clears out for the day).

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Field goal

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Fumble

The one time when fumbling in the end zone is actually a good thing.

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Wide receiver

Make like a wide receiver and let him be the one to score the points this round.

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Bend over, Baby

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Scissors

Scissors works best for the guy packing a big gun, and the friction keeps things hot for the female partner too.