Sex Positions That Help Me Last Longer (Or Not) During Sex

illustrated version of the missionary position on a bedDo you find that some sex positions result in a lot of pleasure, but also a disappointingly early finish?

In my experience, choosing your positions wisely can potentially help you to last longer during sex.

In this article, I’ll 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 know.

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’s take a look at some positions to avoid, along with the awesome cartoons I had done for this article.

The best positions for longer sex

1. Spooning position

illustration of the spoons position - my favorite position for lasting longer
In the classic spooning position, it’s easier to keep relaxed and there’s a wide range of movements you can try


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

illustration of the sex position where the woman is on top
When your partner is on top, you can stay relaxed and encourage her to grind rather than thrust, which will give her clitoral stimulation


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

illustration of the reverse cowgirl position
In the reverse cowgirl position, you can keep your body relaxed, and the lack of eye contact can help keep your arousal level lower


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

illustration of the chair sex position
Changing from the bed to a chair will give you some breathing time, and the position is a fun change which makes it more natural to go slower


I think the name speaks 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

illustration of the classic missionary position
The missionary position is one to avoid if you want to go for longer. It tenses your muscles and naturally encourages faster and deeper thrusting.

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.

Better alternatives

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.

2. Doggy-style

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 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 your stamina.

You might also like

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.


  1. Hello
    I read in the comments that everybody’s boyfriends lasting “minutes” and its funny that mine lasts only seconds🤣 of course blames it on my tight little cat or because he loves me. Note that we are in a distance relationship and only meet once a month usually. It is really upsetting that I don’t enjoy my sex life anymore but I dont want to hurt his “ego” by saying that..

  2. My boyfriend only lasts 3 mins. We go at it again and again but lasts 3-4 mins. He says that’s it’s because my vagina feels very good as soon as he puts it in. Is this true?

    • Hi Amanda
      Well, it might well be true, but it’s also a very common response from men who either aren’t really seeing it as an issue, or do but don’t know what to do about it. Does it also happen with a condom on?

  3. Dear Mr Green,
    My wife is a very conservative woman. We do not have any foreplay. She does not even allow me to touch her vagina. The most I can do is to kiss her and suck her nipple. No oral sex or fingering. We are literally just having sex.
    Do all those foreplay techniques increase the time we have sex?
    And does sex frequency also contribute to a man’s premature ejaculation?

    • Hi Amoz
      Well, yes, engaging in longer foreplay would be good. But if she really doesn’t like it, perhaps you can just spend longer on kissing, caressing and being sweet with her.
      If you have premature ejaculation, then only having sex occasionally might make it more difficult to control.

  4. Hello! My boyfriend and I just recently started having sex (within the past two weeks) and with missionary he doesn’t seem to last very long but with doggy style he lasts longer. BUT, he lasts 5 minutes tops! :( Is there any other way to help prevent this?

    • Hi Emma
      5 mins is actually kind of average, so it shouldn’t be too difficult for him to extend that time by practicing the right techniques. There are lots of things you can both do to help, but he needs to take an active role. I recommend taking a good look around this site, as you’ll find lots of of helpful articles about this issue.

    • Hi David
      There could be many reasons, but perhaps the most obvious would be that she needs clitoral stimulation rather than just penetration. The best thing is to ask her – she should know if she needs that. Then you can work together on positions where she gets more clitoral stimulation – such as letting her be on top and take control. If that doesn’t work, then you can try oral sex to see if she reaches climax that way.

    • you should start from kiss & French kiss then slightly go to her boobs press them as you can, then take your finger inside her vagina move it slowly-slowly, then after that lick her vagina with your tongue very slowly for 10 to 15 min after that automatically her orgasm will raise then to keep going oral with your mouth don’t be in hurry. do everything slowly, then take your penis inside her vegina & do sex but keep changing position it increases your time more & her orgasm will come, most important is that lick her ass as much you can first satisfy her by orgasm then think about your sex, important is that give her pleasure more & more she will it.

  5. hello I’m a boy who always last just a few minute during sex. But now i have found some ways to last longer during sex. But i need more advice from you that will make me last longer during sex. Thank you very much.

    • Hi Edem
      It’s great that you feel you’re learning new techniques to gain that control. I think the best thing is to take a good look around this site. There are loads of articles which talk about this topic, so if you spend some time reading, you’ll find many different techniques, tips and information about good products to try out if you’d like to.

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