For when you're feeling tired - but not too tired - a list of lazy sex positions is always good to have in your back pocket. While there's a time and place for exploring new moves, it's good to know that when your energy is low, there are plenty of moves out there that require little effort but offer plenty of pleasure.
While the best vibrator may have you climaxing in no time, these failsafe sex positions will boost intimacy with your partner, with slow and steady moves that bring you closer together.
Many of these will likely be some of your general best sex positions too. They're failsafe for a reason, after all, but we've made simple modifications to them to ensure that just that little bit more relaxing. Plus, we've got tips from the experts to help you make the most of these positions.
10 lazy sex positions that require very little effort
1. Classic missionary
How to do it: This one is a classic, so we had to include it. You'll probably know the drill - lie on your back with your partner on top and facing you. Easy!
Why it’s great: Missionary has a reputation for being a tad on the dull side but it's really one of the best sex positions if you want something simple that still feels oh-so-good. To ramp up the pleasure, try adjusting your leg positioning and moving to the closed missionary sex position, wrap them around your partner’s waist, or bring one leg on top of their shoulder for more intense clitoral stimulation.
Make it sexier: Add some accessories to make it even hotter. "Using a blindfold in missionary position deprives you of your sight and amplifies your other senses," says Dr Andrea Pennington, author of The Orgasm Prescription For Women. "This can give you an even greater, more powerful orgasm."
2. The butterfly sex position
How to do it: Cleared away the table after a big meal - perfect! The butterfly sex position works as the receiver lies on the table (or another flat surface, like a bed) with their legs open, either relaxed over the edge or wrapped around their partner, while the giver penetrates them standing up.
Why it's great: This is easily one of the best lazy sex positions - it's great for providing an alternative angle for stimulating the G-spot (and extra clitoral stimulation if you want it) and it's so easy to do. There's minimal pressure on the person penetrating as well since the table is entirely holding the receiver's weight. Admittedly, the height of your table will have to match the height of your partner's waist - but it's great if the pieces line up.
Make it hotter: With a ledge already at your disposal, start with one of the best oral sex positions. Slipping from oral sex into penetrative sex, if that's what you feel like, will be really simple with the help of the table.
3. The lazy rear
How to do it: As the name suggests, this is a pretty effortless one to enjoy. "The receiver faces the bed while the giver partner penetrates her from behind, lying on her back," says Barbara Santini, a psychologist, and sex and relationship advisor. "It resembles the classic spooning position, but partners face different directions."
Why it's great: Similar to the spork sex position, thanks to the force of gravity, this requires little effort from either of you and will bring heaps of pleasure while serving up some serious levels of intimacy. What's more, with this position, Santini notes, "the woman is in control". We like to hear it.
Make it sexier: To ramp things up to climax, you'll need to tweak your position slightly. "It might be beneficial for the woman to slightly raise the hips," adds Santini, bringing elements of the leapfrog sex position into the equation for deeper penetration. You could also try some masturbation techniques for clitoral stimulation at the same time, or use one of the best bullet vibrators.
4. Lazy spooning
How to do it: Lay down with your partner slotted in behind you as if you’re about to cuddle, then your partner will enter from behind. You can also experiment with leg positioning to find a spot that feels particularly pleasurable.
Why it’s great: "This position concentrates on stimulating the front part of the vagina or anus, where the most sensitive nerves are located," explains Santini. "It also creates a tighter vagina or rectum fit, providing more stimulation to the woman."
What's more, this is one of the best moves to try while pregnant, particularly in the last trimester, because it doesn't involve much movement and has your partner doing most of the work. You can also reposition yourself into a spot that’s comfortable for you, says Kate Moyle, UKCP registered psychosexual and relationship therapist.
"Spooning is great for navigating around a bump," Moyle, who is also the resident sex and relationships expert at LELO, adds.
Make it sexier: Introduce your best vibrator into the mix for extra clitoral stimulation. While you can start your spooning session at any point, and then add it in, it’s better to be prepared. "It’s sexier to make sure you have the vibrator easily in reach so that you don't have to scrabble around for it and interrupt your enjoyment," says Moyle.
"A finger vibrator can be especially helpful if you're using lube. There's nothing more distracting than someone losing their grip or slipping just as you edge towards orgasm." This is also the perfect time for your partner to whisper some not-so-sweet nothings into your ear if you're a fan of sex stories.
You can also change things up by trying the alternative to this move, the reverse scoop sex position. It's just as good for hitting the G-spot but requires a little more eye contact, leveling up the intensity.
5. The broken eagle
How to do it: You may have heard of the eagle before - the broken eagle sex position is what happens when the eagle is feeling tired and horny. To get this position right, the receiving partner lies on their front with one leg straight and the other bent. This is supposed to represent the eagle's broken wing. The penetrating partner then slides in from behind.
Why it's great: Out of all the eagle sex positions, this one is the least energetic. With one leg bent, the receiver can control the depth of penetration - making it ideal for those who like to change things up in the throws of passion.
Make it sexier: This sex position doesn't allow much access to the front of the receiver for touching erogenous zones or clitoral stimulation, so you could invest in a pebble vibrator - one of the best sex toys around. A pebble would slide under the receiving partner's vulva and offer an extra touch of stimulation.
6. The tangle
How to do it: This one sounds a little complicated, but it's actually pretty straightforward. "With this position, both partners face each other while lying on their sides, with legs placed in a scissor-like position," says Santini. "The giver moves their waist up and down."
Why it's great: It's all about the grinding, which can mean it works as one of the best lesbian sex positions too. "The circular movement provides enhanced stimulation," explains Santini. You'll both be reaching a climax in no time...
Make it sexier: "If you're not quite feeling the stimulation with this position, lean back slightly. This can tilt your genitals up and towards each other more," adds Santini. Plus, invest in plenty of the best lube to ensure that you're getting enough slide for you both.
7. Overboard on bed
How to do it: The great thing about this position is that it's based around a bed or sofa, so it's a great one for when you get in the mood while watching a movie. "This position is similar to the doggy style," says Santini. "However, the receiver leans on the bed or couch edge for support, while the giver penetrates from behind."
Why it's great: If you've always found doggy less than comfortable, this quick tweak could make all the difference. "Partners can enjoy deeper penetration with this position and easy access to the G-spot," explains Santini. "It feels more comfortable as the receiving partner has better support."
Make it sexier: To experiment with this one further, you could take it to a nearby chair. "Use a strong one from the kitchen with a medium back, or a low-backed armchair," suggests Santini. "The receiver bends at the waist in a doggy position, leaning towards the chair. The giver penetrates the receiver from behind, standing between their legs. The chair offers the receiver support for optimal mobility as they sway back and forth."
8. The yab yum
How to do it: The receiver should sit on top of their partner, who is sat cross-legged on the floor or the bed, allowing them to enter while wrapping their legs and arms around them. Once inside, the giver should initiate a rocking motion.
Why it's great: As long as you don't think about it too much, there could be a real chance for transcendental sex in this position. With a tired mind, you're less likely to be able to focus on any particular outcome from this steamy session, allowing your mind and body to reach its own conclusions. Plus, you don't have to do this sex position on a bed - it's also one of the best positions for sex on the sofa.
Make it sexier: Comfort is always sexy - don't be concerned if you have to shuffle out of the cross-legged position into something a little less stressful on your joints - like the face off sex position.
9. Spoon facing
How to do it: While in the missionary position, roll onto your side so your partner is facing you. You can both bend your arms, resting on your elbows to support your upper bodies.
Why it’s great: This position encourages slower, quieter thrusts. "If anyone were to interrupt you it would look like you’re just having a cuddle under the covers," says Annabelle Knight, sex and relationship expert. Great if you've got guests in the house or family running around over the holidays. Plus, the skin-on-skin and eye-to-eye contact create even more intimacy.
Make it sexier: Experiment with your leg positioning, wrap your outside leg around your partner's waist, or prop it up on your opposite shin for more intensity. "Spooning is the perfect position for slow and gentle sex," says Moyle. She points out that by adding in clitoral stimulation, you increase your chances of having a blended orgasm, which is where you have a G-Spot and clitoral orgasm at the same time or just after each other.
How to do it: Sure, you may need a little more leg muscle engagement for this one, but we reckon it's worth it. This climax-promising position is essentially modified missionary. "The receiving partner lies on their back with the legs opened and bent knees," says Santini. "The giver penetrates the receiver while standing or kneeling."
Why it's great: "Women get the most pleasure out of the good-old missionary position," notes Santini. "But, with this new version, the closeness and intimacy of the partner's weight on them at the correct angle will lead to them experiencing explosive orgasms."
Make it sexier: Let your partner do all the hard work while you sit back and relax. "The giver can easily increase the speed or change the rhythm," adds Santini. Want to take things even further? Why not give tantric sex a go with your other half, for a prolonged experience of intense pleasure, rather than a quick-fire orgasm.
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