The 5 Best Sex Positions That Basically Guarantee an Orgasm

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We may tell our partners that sex is great even when we don’t come—whether it’s true, or whether we’re just trying not to hurt their feelings—but let’s be real for a sec: The end game, if you get right down to it, is definitely to get off. (Ideally, for both parties.)

And it’s not always easy. “Only about 25 percent of women consistently orgasm during vaginal intercourse,” says Marissa Nelson, LMFT, certified sex therapist. “Many women feel discouraged because they don’t orgasm through penetration. You are not alone!”

When and how you come boils down to anatomy, sexual preferences, and a number of other factors including your dynamic with your partner. While what works is different for every woman, here are a few good positions to start with:

Girl on top

Straddling your guy while leaning forward and rocking back and forth—not bouncing up and down—will often stimulate your clitoris (always the key) in the right way to get you off, according to Nelson. “In this position, she can control the depth of penetration, how fast or slow she wants it.” Sometimes it’s nice—and hot—to be in control.

Reverse cowgirl

Straddling your partner, facing away from him, lets you experience deeper penetration and allows you to set the pace. “This position also hits the G-spot, while giving him a sexy view of your body,” says Nelson. “Remember to grind your hips in a circular motion to maximize stimulation and orgasm.”

Legs over the shoulders

Once you’re turned on and ready, tossing your legs over his shoulders might put you in a good position to get the big O. “If you want to go for vaginal orgasms, deep thrusting will do the trick,” says clinical sexologist Marlene Wasserman, DHS. “Once she’s fully aroused and ‘ripe,’ legs over the shoulders may give her the vaginal stimulation and sensations she needs to orgasm.”

Doggy style

Have your guy stand up and enter you from behind (while you’re on all fours, on the edge of the bed or couch). “You can grind your hips in a circular motion, have him hold you at the waist and thrust,” says Nelson. “This is one of the best positions for deep penetration. He can use his fingers or a vibrator to stimulate your clitoris at the same time.” This often leads to the rare and coveted simultaneous orgasm, says Nelson.

Modified missionary

A twist on the classic, modified missionary has your partner straddling you on top, while your legs are together between his. “Doing this tightens the vagina around the penis, and his shaft stimulates your clitoris while thrusting, which makes it easier and ideal for orgasm.”

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