In the wonderful world of sex, there’s getting down and then there’s getting down. For connoisseurs of a 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.
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 lower 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. Ironically, good old-fashioned 69 isn’t on this list, because as the very wise Carrie Bradshaw once wrote, “It’s my belief that the last time anyone actually enjoyed the 69 position was in 1969” — and, like, fair.
So here you go: 69 (Nice) sex positions to try out. Be safe, be smart and have fun!
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A version of this story was originally published in July 2016.