What is the speed bump sex position? Plus, all the benefits of this alternative angle

The speed bump sex position is the best move to try for those who love G-spot stimulation with a partner or on their own, here the experts explain why

Woman and man laughing on a bed holding a pillow, one of the essentials for the speed bump sex position
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Everyone's talking about the speed bump sex position right now - and for good reason. It should be at the top of your list if you're looking to try something new in the bedroom since it's ideal for partnered or solo sex and a real winner for anyone who enjoys G-spot stimulation. 

We’ve all heard of doggy style, cowgirl, reverse cowgirl, etc, but the speed bump is an underrated position in this classic lineup. While it requires less gymnastic ability than some others, it can almost guarantee an orgasm every time if you do it right. 

Up there as one of the best sex positions, the speed bump is designed to hit the G-spot almost exclusively and is suitable for everyone, including those who just want to try something a bit different with their best vibrator. Here’s what you need to know about the position, plus all the benefits, according to two sex and relationship experts.  

What is the speed bump sex position?

The speed bump sex position is a simple version of doggy style, explains Pippa Murphy, sex and relationship expert. “However, the person lies on their stomach and places a pillow underneath their hips, which acts as a ‘speed bump’. The partner then enters from behind while kneeling and holding onto the person’s hips or the surface underneath for support,” she explains.

The person on top can kneel either in between the person on the bottom’s legs, pushing them further apart, which allows for deeper penetration, or straddle them for a less intense angle. Meanwhile, the person on the bottom can keep their legs straight out to the sides of their partner, or stretch them up and behind (as seen below).

Illustration of the speed bump sex position

The speed bump sex position can be enjoyed by anyone. 

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While anyone can do the speed bump, it’s a position designed to target the G-spot so it will work best if the person on the bottom has a vagina. This is what also makes it one of the best lesbian sex positions, says Murphy, who works with condoms.uk. “It can be adapted for two women, should they use a strap-on. However, it’s good for any woman who wants the pleasure of sex, but is perhaps also tired and wants to do lazy sex positions instead.”

Thanks to the pillow underneath the bottom partner, the speed bump sex position is often also considered to be one of the best sex positions for lower back pain. The additional support means there isn't so much pressure on the spine, lower back, neck, and shoulders. 

What are the benefits of the speed bump sex position? 

1. G-spot stimulation

“It’s a great position for achieving G-spot stimulation, which is a more sensitive area or zone on the anterior wall of the vagina, and is better reached using certain angles,” says Kate Moyle, UKCP registered psychosexual and relationship therapist. “With the hips slightly raised by the cushion, this can increase sexual pleasure and sensation.”

2. You can target other erogenous zones

While it might be difficult to include clitoral stimulation in this position, thanks to the pillow in the way, the speed bump doesn’t have to be all about penetration. The angle gives the partner on top great access to loads of other areas of their partner’s body, including the famous erogenous zones.  

“The penetrating partner should touch and kiss the receiving partner’s erogenous zones during sex, as these are highly sensitive areas that can create instant sexual stimulation,” Murphy explains. “The most common ones include the neck, back, and nipples.” The partner on top can do this with kissing, their fingers, or with one of the best bullet vibrators

However, she adds, the penetrating partner should kiss all over their partner’s body and make sure to pay attention to their reaction as everyone is different and will have slightly different areas that turn them on.

3. Reduce stress

We all want to learn how to deal with stress better and there’s plenty of evidence suggesting that sex is the ultimate stress-buster. But only certain types, according to a study by Michigan State University. Their research shows the potential for sexual activity to release stress depends entirely on the quality of the experience, with only satisfying sex proven to reduce stress. 

“When stressful days occur, a person’s cortisol [stress hormone] levels rise, making it harder for them to drift off to sleep at night. However, having sex in this intimate position, which is similar to spooning, counteracts this as when you cuddle, nerve impulses pass through the skin and the peripheral nerves, up the spin and to the brain,” Murphy says. “This then stimulates the release of oxytocin, serotonin, and dopamine. It not only gives you a mood boost but helps bond your partner to you, research from the University of North Carolina found.

How to make the speed bump sex position even better

  • Keep communicating: "Particularly as very deep penetration for some women can feel a bit too intense, whereas others love it. So it’s completely about preference," says Moyle, who is also LELO’s sex and relationship expert. 
  • Make sure you're already turned on: “The G-spot is best stimulated when you’re already aroused, so incorporate some non-penetrative sex, one of the best oral sex positions, teasing, and sensual play as a pre-cursor to trying the position,” she adds.
  • Use plenty of lube: “It should be water-based if you’re using condoms but you can use oil-based lube if you aren’t using condoms, and this would help to create a slide sensation for this position. It could also be used for clitoral stimulation in the lead up too,” says Moyle.
  • Try a sex cushion: “If this is a position that really works for you but you want a sturdier cushion, then there are options like the Bang on,” she says. “This is designed specifically for these types of positions and it can come in handy for other angles too, like the snow angel sex position."
  • Mix up the tempo: “Make it more slow and sensual with your bodies closer and kissing down to the receiving partner’s neck and shoulders. The penetrating partner can also kneel more upright, rather than lying down, much like the leapfrog sex position, so it’s a position that offers variety.”
  • Try the alternatives: To dial up the intensity, try an alternative on the speed bump like the spork sex position (perfect for lazy mornings), the pretzel sex position, or the reverse scoop sex position, all of which offer more deep, internal stimulation.
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. 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.

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.