Missionary , the most commonly used sex position   Tondo of an Attic red-figure kylix by the Triptolemos painter, ca. The receiving partner can be penetrated either vaginally or anally. Penetrating partner on top with front entry The most used sex position is the missionary position. In this position, the participants face each other. The receiving partner lies on their back with legs apart, while the penetrating partner lies on top. This position and the following variations may be used for vaginal or anal intercourse.
The penetrating partner stands in front of the receiving partner, whose legs dangle over the edge of a bed or some other platform like a table. This can also be done as a kneeling position.
The receiving partner lies on their back. The penetrating partner stands and lifts the receiving partner's pelvis for penetration. A variant is for the receiving partner to rest their legs on the penetrating partner's shoulders. The receiving partner lies on their back, legs pulled up straight and knees near to the head.
The penetrating partner holds the receiving partner's legs and penetrates from above. Similarly to the previous position, but the receiving partner's legs need not be straight and the penetrating partner wraps their arms around the receiving partner to push the legs as close as possible to the chest. Called the stopperage in Burton's translation of The Perfumed Garden. The receiving partner crosses their feet behind their head or at least puts their feet next to their ears , while lying on their back.
The penetrating partner then holds the receiving partner tightly around each instep or ankle and lies on the receiving partner full-length.
A variation is to have the receiving partner cross their ankles on their stomach, knees to shoulders, and then have the penetrating partner lie on the receiving partner's crossed ankles with their full weight.
Called the Viennese oyster by The Joy of Sex. Variants of the doggy style or doggy position include: The receiving partner is on all fours with their torso horizontal and the penetrating partner inserts either their penis or sex toy into either the vagina or anus from behind.
The penetrating partner places their feet on each side of the receiving partner while keeping their knees bent and effectively raising up as high as possible while maintaining penetration.
The penetrating partner's hands usually have to be placed on the receiving partner's back to keep from falling forward. In the spoons position both partners lie on their side, facing the same direction. The receiving partner lies on their side. The penetrating partner kneels and penetrates from behind. Alternatively, the penetrating partner can stand if the receiving partner is on a raised surface. The receiving partner lies facing down, possibly with their legs spread.
The penetrating partner lies on top of them. The receiving partner lies face down, knees together. The penetrating partner lies on top with spread legs. The receiving partner lies on their side with their uppermost leg forward. The penetrating partner kneels astride the receiver's lowermost leg. Woman on top position in the Kama Sutra Receiving partner on top The 'cowgirl' position Most of these positions can be used for either vaginal or anal penetration. When the receiving partner is a woman, these positions are sometimes called the woman on top, cowboy or cowgirl positions.
A feature of these positions is that the penetrating partner lies on their back with the receiving partner on top: The receiving partner can kneel while straddling the penetrating partner, with the participants facing each other.
Alternatively, the receiving partner can face away from the penetrating partner. This position is sometimes called the reverse cowboy or reverse cowgirl position.
The receiving partner can arch back with hands on the ground. The receiving partner can squat instead of kneel facing the penetrating partner. The receiving partner can bring forward their knees against the ground. The penetrating partner lies with their upper back on a low table, couch, chair or edge of bed, keeping their feet flat on the floor and back parallel to floor.
The receiving partner straddles them, also keeping their feet on the floor. Receiving partner can assume any of various positions. The lateral coital position was recommended by Masters and Johnson , and was preferred by three quarters of their heterosexual study participants after having tried it. The position involves the male on his back, with the female rolled slightly to the side so that her pelvis is atop his, but her weight is beside his.
A couple performing sexual intercourse from a seated position Sitting and kneeling Most of these positions can be used for either vaginal or anal penetration. The penetrating partner sits on an area surface, legs outstretched. The receiving partner sits on top and wraps their legs around the penetrating partner. Called pounding on the spot in the Burton translation of The Perfumed Garden. The position can be combined with fondling of erogenous zones.
The penetrating partner sits in a chair. The receiving partner straddles penetrating partner and sits, facing the penetrating partner, feet on floor. This is sometimes called a lap dance , which is somewhat erroneous as a lap dance typically does not involve penetration. The receiving partner may also sit in reverse, with their back to the penetrating partner. The penetrating partner sits on a couch or in a chair that has armrests. The receiving partner sits in the penetrating partner's lap, perpendicular to penetrating partner, with their back against the armrest.
The penetrating partner kneels while the receiving partner lies on their back, ankles on each side of penetrating partner's shoulders. In the basic standing position, both partners stand facing each other. The following variations are possible: In the basic standing position, both partners stand facing each other and engage in vaginal sex. In order to match heights, the shorter partner can, for instance, stand on a stair or wear high heels.
It may be easier to maintain solid thrusts if the woman has her back to a wall. With such a support, the Kama Sutra calls this position the Suspended Congress. The penetrating partner stands, and the receiving partner wraps their arms around his neck, and their legs around his waist, thereby exposing either the vagina or anus to the man's penis. This position is made easier with the use of a solid object behind the receiver, as above.
To assume this position, it can be easier to start with the receiving partner laying on their back on the edge of a bed; the penetrating partner puts his elbows under their knees, enters them, and then lifts them as he rises to a standing position.
In Japan, this is colloquially called the Ekiben position, after a specific bento lunch box sold at train stations. This position is varied by having the receiving partner assume different semi-standing positions.
For instance, they may bend at the waist, resting their hands or elbows on a table. Anal sex positions These positions involve anal penetration: Doggy style penetration maximizes the depth of penetration, but can pose the risk of pushing against the sigmoid colon.
If the receiving partner is male, this increases the chances of stimulating the prostate. The penetrating partner controls the thrusting rhythm. A variation is the leapfrog position, in which the receiving partner angles their torso downward.
The receiving partner may also lie flat and face down, with the penetrating partner straddling their thighs. Anal sex between two men in the missionary position In the missionary positions, to achieve optimal alignment, the receiving partner's legs should be in the air with the knees drawn towards their chest. Some sort of support such as a pillow under the receiving partner's hips can also be useful.
The penetrating partner positions themselves between the receiving partner's legs. This position is often cited as good for beginners, because it allows them to relax more fully than is usual in the doggy style position.
The spoons position allows the receiving partner to control initial penetration and the depth, speed and force of subsequent thrusting.
The receiving partner on top positions allow the receiving partner more control over the depth, rhythm and speed of penetration. More specifically, the receiving partner can slowly push their anus down on the penetrating partner, allowing time for their muscles to relax. Less common positions The T-square position These positions are more innovative, and perhaps not as widely known or practiced as the ones listed above. The receiving partner lies on their back with knees up and legs apart.
The penetrating partner lies on their side perpendicular to the receiver, with the penetrating partner's hips under the arch formed by receiver's legs. This position is sometimes called the T-square. The penetrator's hands are on the other's hips. This position can be called the modified T-square. The penetrating partner faces the receiver, straddling the receiver's lower leg, and lifts the receiver's upper leg on either side of the body onto the crook of penetrating partner's elbow or onto the shoulder.
While some references describe this position as being "for acrobats and not to be taken seriously",  others have found it very comfortable, especially during pregnancy. The piledriver is a difficult position sometimes seen in porn videos. It is described in many ways by different sources. In a heterosexual context, the woman lies on her back, then raises her hips as high as possible, so that her partner, standing, can enter her vaginally or anally.
The position places considerable strain on the woman's neck, so firm cushions should be used to support her. The receiver lies face down legs spread on the edge of the bed and parallel to the floor, while the penetrator stands behind, holding both legs. The rusty bike pump is similar to a piledriver where penetration is achieved from above at a downward angle with the receiving partner bottom side up.
Others The receiving partner is on the bottom.