Positions For Sexual Intercourse

19 Jul

Unless you are going the IVF route, to get pregnant you need to have sex. Why not make it as fun and varied as possible?

It has been estimated that there are approximately 100 positions for sexual intercourse, comprising of a few basic ones that have unlimited variations. The basic positions are: face to face, rear entry, man on top, woman on top, lying down, and standing up or sitting. The positions that you choose and those that you find unacceptable are probably dictated by your cultural background and sexual upbringing.

The man-on-top position is also called the ‘missionary position’, supposedly because missionaries were horrified to find their primitive ‘parishioners’ indulging in woman-superior positions and insisted a change be made. If you adopt the man-superior position, it may say something about your views of the roles of the sexes both in and out of bed because it allows the man control of intercourse and is particularly stimulating for him. The woman-superior position is often physically better for the woman, not only because it is more comfortable if her partner is much heavier than she is, but also because it gives her the initiative control. She can move to ensure her clitoris is fully stimulated and can vary the angle and rate of thrust of the penis. In cases where the man has suffered heart problems, the female-superior position is preferable because his pulse rate is likely to remain lower if he is in the less demanding supine position. Side-by-side positions tend to be used for more leisurely love-making. Penetration may be shallow and both partners may find they cannot move vigorously. Nevertheless, it can be particularly pleasant during pregnancy or if both partners are tired but do want to show their love for each other.

Rear entry can be exciting, particulary for the man, but unless the woman raises her hips and he thrusts quite vigorously, the clitoris will not be stimulated; although this can, of course, be done by hand. Some people find rear entry exciting because of its animal connotations. Cave-paintings make it clear that our early ancestors used this position.

Love-making while sitting or standing can be stimulating for both the man and the woman because various positions can allow both to gain maximum satisfaction. Most couples find that using a variety of positions, not just during their sexual life but during each love-making session, makes for an exciting love life. Oral-genital sex (cunnilingus and fellatio) may be part of foreplay or it may replace actual sexual intercourse altogether. In cunnilingus the man licks and sucks the clitoris and labia of the vagina. In fellatio, the woman sucks and licks the man’s penis and testicles, and takes the penis into her mouth. When the man and woman lie side by side with their mouths to each other’s genitals it is called soixante-neuf, or ’69′, and allows both partners to be active at the same time. Oral-genital sex can cause more intense stimulation of the genitals than during intercourse. It should, however, be avoided with anyone suffering from cold sores (herpes simplex), a recurrent viral infection, because the virus can permanently infect the genitals.

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