Do you find that some sex positions are insanely difficult to hold yourself back in, resulting in extreme pleasure, but also a disappointingly early finish?
In my experience, knowing which positions to do more, or less, of can potentially help you last longer in bed.
So in this article, I’ll be be talking from personal experience about the effects on my lasting time from different positions I’ve experimented with.
It’s something you can easily try yourself, as they are probably all positions you already do…or should be doing!
How can position choice help you last longer?
In my experience, and from researching what sex therapists advise, there are several reasons position choice can help:
- Some positions allow deeper penetration and faster, harder thrusting. This can make a guy ejaculate sooner.
- Other positions make deeper or faster movements difficult, encouraging slower sex with shallower thrusting.
- Some positions allow you to stimulate your partner’s clitoris more. This can potentially help her reach climax sooner, increasing both of your satisfaction.
- Changing positions regularly gives you time to take a breather, and allows your arousal level to lower a bit.
- If you feel yourself getting close to the point of no return, changing position could stop you ejaculating in that moment.
So with that in mind, let’t take a look at some positions to avoid, along with the awesome cartoons I had done for this article!
The best positions for lasting longer
1. Spooning position
In the spoons, or spooning, position you both lie on the bed facing the same direction.
- It’s harder to actually achieve penetration, often taking some time.
- When lying in this position, you can’t thrust as quickly or hard.
- The position allows slow, powerful movements which feel great but don’t overexcite.
- You can reach around and stimulate your partner’s clitoris with your hand.
- You can wrap your arms around your partner or caress them. This increase in intimacy can be very erotic for a woman.
Side by side – still both lying on the bed, this time you face each other. It takes some careful maneuvering to penetrate, and again only allows shallow movements.
The cross – here you stay in the same position as spooning, but your partner is on her back, at 90 degrees to you with her legs draped over the top of your thighs.
Any perpendicular positions – any variation you can think of that keeps you in a perpendicular position might help. These positions tend to put less pressure on the penis head – the most sensitive part.
2. Woman on top
As the name suggests, this position is all about you relinquishing control and letting her be the one one top. Whether she sits up with her knees either side of you or relaxes into your embrace is up to you.
- You can physically relax in this position, taking the tension out of your pelvic floor muscles that can lead to quicker ejaculation.
- If you practice reverse kegels, this is an easier position to do them in.
- Your partner can find a position to grind, stimulating her clitoris and raising her arousal.
- You can still use your legs and hands to control her movements and keep them slow and shallow.
Lying still on top – if you can find the balance, have her lie completely on top of you. You won’t be able to do much movement, but it’s an erotic position to rest in for a while.
3. Reverse cowgirl
Again, your partner sits on top, but this time angles herself so she’s facing away from you.
- Like the woman on top position, you can keep your body relaxed, particularly the pelvic floor muscles.
- By facing away you remove eye contact, which can sometimes help to reduce the emotional intensity.
- Women in this position sometimes like to do smaller thrusts rather than harder movements.
- You can stimulate her anus manually if she enjoys it, increasing her pleasure.
3. Sitting in a chair
I think the name speak for itself here! You sit in a chair with your partner sitting on top of you, facing towards you, or away from you if you like.
- This position doesn’t encourage deep, fast or hard movements. It tends to be slower, unless she has her feet on the ground and has other ideas!
- The time it takes to get off the bed, find a chair and get yourselves in position can be a valuable cooling-off time for you. So try not to carry her from the bed with you – take advantage of the chance of a complete break, however short.
Sitting on the bed – if you sit up in bed with your back to the headboard, or even kneel in the center, your partner can position herself on top of you.
Sitting anywhere – take advantage of the chance to cool off. If you decide to take things to the living room or kitchen, it gives you precious seconds to drop your arousal down.
Positions to avoid
1. The missionary position
The missionary position is probably the most common position globally. Many religions and cultures saw it as the cleanest, purest position that was acceptable for reproduction and not simply having fun.
Unfortunately though, in my experience it always leads to sex being over quicker than I’d like it to be.
Your partner lies on her back, you prop yourself up on top of her and gaze into her eyes as you penetrate her.
Why it doesn’t help
- You can achieve deep, fast and hard penetration in this position.
- The sense of masculine domination might be too exciting for some guys.
- The position makes you tense your stomach, thighs and pelvic floor muscles more. This could lead to you having less control over your ejaculation.
- If your partner caresses your body with her free hands, it can raise your arousal.
Limit penetration – if you enjoy being on top, try doing much shallower and slower thrusts. You can also pull out completely, and use your penis and hand to tease your partner’s clitoris.
The wrap – prop yourself up on your elbows and forearms rather than in a press-up position, and get her to wrap her legs tightly around you. This stimulates her clitoris more, and keeps you from accelerating into 5th gear.
Unfortunately, it cost too much money to get more illustrations done (I hope you liked them), so you’ll have to use your imagination for this one!
Doggy-style, in so many ways the most pleasurable, is also understandably one which can get guys racing to the finishing line in record time.
It allows for very deep penetration and encourages faster motion. So alternatively, have your partner lie down instead of being on all fours. You still get the pleasure of rear entry, but won’t be so tempted to get carried away.
3. Standing positions
In my experience, standing up leads to bigger erections, which leads to more stimulation and quicker ejaculation. Many standing positions are also just very exciting mentally, and can lead to deeper and faster rhythms.
So my opinion is to generally avoid standing positions. Perhaps for a short while it’s fine as a cooling-off position change, but I can’t think of any variation that will help you last longer during sex.
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If this is a serious issue for you, I recommend reading through my main article about premature ejaculation treatment options.
And as well as experimenting with your positions during sex, I recommend trying out the stop and start method, which is the technique I had most success with.