Nothing is worse than being down to have sex but feeling uncomfortable taking off your clothes. Being confident in bed is a major turn-on, but the fact of life is unless you’re Lizzo, you probably aren’t feeling yourself at all times. Maybe you’re getting your period and feel super bloated. Or you have a pimple the size of Mount Everest on your forehead and the thought of getting down in missionary while your partner makes eye contact with it is a major mood killer. I get it. I’m all for that self-love crap, but it just doesn’t always cut it. Sex can be uncomfortable and embarrassing (as we know from these uber awkward celebrity sex stories), but there are tons of ways to help boost your confidence and make you more comfortable in bed. Besides, the more comfortable you are, the more relaxed you’ll be and the more fun you’ll both have (and likely, the better it will feel). But other than wearing sexy lingerie or dimming the lights, there are certain sex positions that make you feel confident. Because confidence is sexy.
Who says “Sex positions” can’t include solo ones? Hear me out. Being comfortable and confident in bed stems from being comfortable with yourself. Knowing what you like and how you like it is extremely sexy. So how else will you know what to tell your BF to do if you don’t explore yourself first?
Like I’ve said before and I’ll say again (sorry for being preachy), if you’re confident with yourself, you’ll exert more confidence. Duh. But to do this, focus on your favorite body part and put it on full display. So if you’re super confident in your rack, climb on top and let your partner get an unobstructed view. Personally, I’m not a huge fan of my boobs. They are large and heavy and bounce around. But hey, I guess that’s what my boyfriend likes about them. So cowgirl might not do it for me, but for you it could be one of those sex positions that make you feel confident. An added plus is that you’ll be in full control and guys find that super sexy.
Similar to the above, focus on your fav asset. If that’s your ass, then turn around and do it from behind. If 2016 on has taught me anything, it’s that people love butts—even just looking at them. But it’s 2019, we’re eating ass now, so you might want to kick it up a notch. If your hair is long enough to put it in a ponytail, do it. Your bae can pull on your hair as you arch your back. Not only will he see your whole behind, but the arched back creates a super sexy position that you’ll both love.
Sometimes doggy isn’t my thing. The penetration can be so deep that it genuinely hurts, but if I’m bloated it’s my favorite position since my stomach cannot be seen. This is why I love reverse cowgirl. My ass is on full display, my stomach is hidden, and I’m in full control. Win-win-win, am I right? It’s also not a super frequent position in our repertoire (although it should be) so when I suggest it, my boyfriend gets super excited. The reassurance that I’m doing something he loves is a major confidence booster.
Contrary to Coach Carr, do it in missionary. It may seem v boring, but trust me. Lying on your back and letting him have full control may sound lazy, but if you throw in some instructions and boss him around a little, it’ll quickly turn from a super passive to a super active position. He’ll have the reversal of the typical dominant and submissive roles that are associated with missionary. Knowing what you want and communicating that to your partner is super sexy. Being a boss makes anyone super confident in bed; that’s just a fact. If you haven’t tried it, I highly suggest.
Another spin on doggy is this baby. It’s essentially the same, but you brace yourself up against a sofa. What’s so sexy about this position? Getting down and dirty outside the bedroom can feel super deviant and hot, which are both major confidence boosters. Sometimes the bed can feel repetitive, so why not change things up? Just make sure your roommates aren’t home (if you have them) or the couch doesn’t shift too much. Who knows, maybe this will open up the door to having sex around your entire apartment.
If all else fails, ask your bae what they like. Not only is open communication key to good sex, but it also allows them to vocalize what they like and don’t like. So you know next time when you kiss their neck or whatever, you’ll get a good reaction from them and a little confidence boost for yourself.
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Let me start this post off by saying injuries during sex aren’t extremely common. According to Debby Herbenick, a research scientist at Indiana University and the author of Great in Bed, injuries tend to be as a result of doing it in an unfamiliar place, rather than in an unfamiliar position. Needless to say, bumping and grinding can end you up in the ER (have you seen TLC’s Sex Sent Me to the ER???). Here is a list of the most dangerous sex positions that have been found to lead to the most injuries. I’m not saying don’t have sex, God no, but be careful kids. Here, everybody take some rubbers.
1. Doggy Style
While doing research, I found out that doggy style is considered one of the most dangerous sex positions. If he’s going at it too hard (“it” being you) then he can cause bruising or even vaginal tears. Also, the penis can accidentally slip into the anus, causing anal tearing. OW. A study published in the Journal of Impotence Research found that 41% of injuries during sex, specifically penile fractures (a rupture in two areas that are responsible for erections, f*cking ouch) were in doggy style. But if you ask me, if a guy accidentally slides into your ass, he deserves any injury he may get.
TBH I thought missionary was super vanilla. Not that there is anything wrong with vanilla, sometimes you’re in the mood for that, but other times you need some mint chocolate chip, you know? IDK if I’m hungry or horny now. Nevertheless, this style was found to be the second most common position to cause penile fractures. How tho??
3. Woman On Top
The study found woman on top (aka cowgirl) to be the third most dangerous position that has been found to lead to penile fractures. Reverse cowgirl increases his risk of injury due to the similar positioning of P in V to doggy style. Thrusting too hard into her pubic bone could be painful for both partners. Although you taking control can be a serious turn-on for him, be mindful that his
little large friend can be fragile and a penile fracture means temporary abstinence for the both of you.
4. The Eager Chef
Also known as “counter top sex”. The reason this position is v dangerous is because of its spontaneity. Being in a place that you aren’t used to f*cking in adds to the threat of injuries. Picture this: You are sitting on the counter, your SO is standing in front of you, you’re doing it, it’s passionate and hot, and he thrusts and misses your vajayjay and slams into the counter. Talk about a major mood killer. I can guarantee there will be tears and a trip to the ER.
5. The Pogo Stick
Romantic. It’s basically standing missionary. Slightly less vanilla but significantly more difficult. If your guy is super fit (#goals), then you should be fine. But having sex while my boyfriend holds me up sounds uber nerve-wracking. If he drops me, I’m injured. If he doesn’t drop me, he’s defs going to be sore the next day, and not in the way Ariana Grande describes.
This one, surprisingly, lands on the list of most dangerous sex positions because of your increased risk of getting pink eye. LOL. Don’t fart in your man’s face and you should be fine.
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