What is the butter churner sex position? How to do this yoga-inspired move and its benefits

A leading sexologist explains the butter churner sex position and how to do it right

Man and woman lying on top of a bed together, almost kissing, representing the butter churner sex position
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The butter churner sex position (also known as the squat thrust) is a move we hear about a lot, but does anyone really know what it is and whether it's worth trying? From reality shows to yoga-inspired sex position listicles, it comes up again and again. 

The butter churner is unlike any of the other sex positions out there, designed for only the most athletic among us. During the move, one partner is (literally) flipped onto their head, so it's all about G-spot penetration and visual pleasures, with the opportunity to add sexy accessories into the mix. 

Named after the old-school way of churning butter, this position is a difficult one to get right but rave reviews suggest it's one of the best sex positions out there for anyone looking to explore more standing sex positions with a partner. Here, woman&home speaks to a leading sexologist who reveals exactly what the butter churner is all about, the benefits, and how to do it right.

What is the butter churner sex position?

The butter churner sex position is where someone lies on their back and raises their legs, so much so that their ankles reach over their head. "The other partner then squats over and penetrates from above, resembling a butter-churning movement," says Madalaine Munro, a sexologist specializing in somatic sexology and psychosexual therapy.

As the partner on the bottom has to support themselves with their core and arms resting on the ground, with the upside-down angle potentially causing a rush of blood to the head, this is a move that's perfect for a good time but certainly not a long time. From here, it would be easy to switch to a simple variation of missionary sex like the reverse missionary position - which is another crazy sex position but for very different reasons.

Illustration of the butter churner sex position

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While the butter churner sex position can work for anyone, it's designed for G-spot stimulation so it's best for heterosexual couples or it could be one of the best lesbian sex positions with the right sex toy. 

But regardless of who you're trying this move with, both of you need to know the difference between your downward dog and candle pose, as it's one for those who have the flexibility, upper body strength, and body awareness to experiment with something a little more daring. "This move has similarities with the shoulder stand from yoga, so awareness around injury prevention is helpful, such as not putting pressure directly onto your neck, and using your elbows to support your weight," says Munro. 

What are the benefits of the butter churner?

1. It can offer intense G-spot orgasms

If you prefer to orgasm through G-spot penetration then this is one of the sex positions to try out. "This position can be deeply penetrative," says the sexologist, thanks to the higher angle the penetrating partner is coming in from and the downward motion towards the cervix. It's similar to the helicopter sex position in this way. 

You can also double up for dual stimulation with one of the best sex toys if you want, as the top partner will have full access to the clitoris and other erogenous zones. 

2. You can play around with your partner

Sometimes we can be so focused on the orgasm and going through the motions to get there that we forget sex is supposed to be fun. For some, the butter churner will be the last position they'll want to try with this aim in mind, but Munro says it's ideal for those who want to get a little playful in the bedroom. 

"This can be a more playful move to try as the bottom partner is in a position where blood may rush to their head and the other is in a position to tease," she says. For more playful positions, try the speed bump sex position, or for something of equal intensity, the full nelson sex position can really hit the spot. 

2. It's a deeply intimate position

However, it's important to be aware of the vulnerable position the bottom partner is in during the butter churner. It may not be one for trying with someone you're having sex with for the first time but if the communication is there, this can be one intense position. "It's very intimate and requires careful communication around comfort, ease, and pleasure," says Munro. 

For the same reason though, she adds, it could be the perfect way to strengthen your connection with a partner in the bedroom and even revive romance in a relationship. "It can deepen emotional intimacy as there needs to be trust present to try this adventurous position and the eye contact you maintain throughout can add another whole new level of intimacy."

How to improve the butter churner sex position 

The butter churner is hardly going to win awards for being one of the best lazy sex positions, but there are ways you can make it more comfortable. A pillow underneath the neck of the bottom partner, for instance, will support their head and may help prevent any potential injuries that could come with this move.  

If you've always wanted to include food or drink in the bedroom in combination with one of the best oral sex positions, then this is the perfect position for indulging in some gastronome fantasies. The easier version (i.e. the less messy way) is to have the top partner dribble a syrupy liquid like honey into the bottom partner's mouth, either from the bottle or from their mouth, taking full advantage of the elevated position. If you want to make a splash, try a liquid like wine or cold water. 

And to ease things along a bit, always make sure you're using the best lube for the style of penetration. If a partner is wearing a condom, this should be a water-based lube rather than oil-based and if you're using a silicone sex toy, it should always be water-based lube. 

Best variations of the butter churner sex position

  • The butterfly sex position: This is the easiest variation of the butter churner sex position. Instead of the receiving partner being on their shoulders, they lie on their back on a table with their legs at a 90-degree angle, resting on their partner's shoulders. The penetrating partner can then enter easily from here, enjoying much of the same visual benefit that the butter churner offers. For intense G-spot stimulation, the bottom partner can limit the gap between their legs.
  • The happy baby: A position more at home in a yoga workout than in the bedroom but it really works. Here, the receiving partner lies on their back with their legs in the air, wide open, and stretching back towards their head. Where possible, the bottom partner can hold onto their feet or thighs for support. The penetrating partner then enters from a kneeling position, supporting by helping to push their partner's legs back. 
  • The bridge sex position: The bottom partner lies down in the bridge yoga position, with their shoulders on the ground and back and legs off the floor. The other partner gets onto their knees and slides between their legs, helping to hold up the receiving partner by supporting under the buttocks if necessary.
Grace Walsh
Health Channel Editor

Grace Walsh is woman&home's Health Channel Editor, working across the areas of fitness, nutrition, sleep, mental health, relationships, and sex. She is also a qualified fitness instructor. In 2024, she will be taking on her second marathon in Rome, cycling from Manchester to London (350km) for charity, and qualifying as a certified personal trainer and nutrition coach. 

A digital journalist with over six years experience as a writer and editor for UK publications, Grace has covered (almost) everything in the world of health and wellbeing with bylines in Cosmopolitan, Red, The i Paper, GoodtoKnow, and more.