Trying out new sex positions is pretty much the spice of life. Or, at the very least, the best way to keep things spicy in the bedroom. While no one will ever say it’s wrong to stick to only a few favorite sex positions, when you switch things up and open your mind (and body) to other positions, you’re building intimacy with your partner, as well as furthering your own sexual exploration. Now that’s an exploration that will never get old, nor will you ever stop discovering new things if you continue to experiment alone or with a partner.
If you don’t have time for the Kama Sutra, then maybe what you need is a 12-month calendar of sex positions to try out. It will give you one more sexual resolution to add to your list for the upcoming year and will get you and your partner not just experimenting, but excited about what’s up next month. “OMG! OMG! I hope it’s The Lotus,” is what I can literally hear everyone screaming out collective at this very moment.
While we may still have a couple months until 2017, it’s actually going to creep up on us pretty damn fast. So, let’s start planning, shall we? Here are 12 sex positions for 2017.
1. January: Spooning
How to do it: Lying in a spoon position, which means both of you on your sides facing the same direction, your partner penetrates you from this angle. From here, you can either stimulate your clitoris or your partner can reach down and do it for you.
Why it’s good for January: Well, January is a cold month. Some years, it’s so cold that people just live in their bed or on the couch, under the covers for days on end, waiting for the spring. What this means is that you’re probably already cuddling a lot in bed, so you’re most likely already in this position and voila! Spooning sex!
2. February: Missionary With A Pillow
How to do it: While lying on your back with a pillow under your hips, your partner gets between your legs and penetrates you from above, so to speak, with their body is parallel to yours.
Why it’s good for February: Again, we have a very cold month, so body heat is key. It’s also February, which is the lovey-dovey month that contains Valentine’s Day. So a position that’s both great for warmth and intimacy is ideal. Missionary, because you’re looking your partner straight in the eyes, is pretty damn intimate.
3. March: Kneeling Reach-Around
How to do it: While in the doggy style position (as in on your hands and knees, as your partner penetrates you from behind), your partner reaches around to stimulate you. They can do this with either a toy or their hand.
Why it’s good for March: March is that month where the snow starts to melt and little buds start popping up out of the ground. In other words, life is being sprung all around you, so it just makes perfect sense that you and your partner would try a position that has a little something extra thrown into the mix.
4. April: Reverse Cowgirl
How to do it: With your partner lying on their back, straddle their hips, while facing away from them. Then, lower yourself onto your partner and start grinding.
Why it’s good for April: It’s officially spring! The days are getting longer and you’re feeling so alive that you want to just get on top and take total charge of things while your partner just lies there and enjoys it. You’ve shaken the winter from your bones and you’re ready to have some fun, dammit!
5. May: The Lotus
How to do it: Have your partner sit with their legs crossed — you know, like you did when you were a kid and it was story time. Next, with your legs on either side of their legs, lower yourself into their lap and onto them, while wrapping your legs and arms around their body. Then you begin to rock together.
Why it’s good for May: With summer just around the corner, you might as well get the positions that are close, body wise, out of the way. It’s also a sex position that builds intimacy, which is great for all those long days of summer ahead — having a strong intimate connection with your partner might prevent you from from dramatically breaking up with them in August when the air conditioner decides it doesn't want to work on the hottest day of the year.
6. June: X Marks The Spot
How to do it: While lying on a flat surface — a table is pretty awesome for this one — lift your legs up and cross them at the ankles or knees, whatever feel best for you. With your legs up, your partner, while in a standing position, penetrates you, while using your legs as leverage to pull themselves in deeper. It’s also a great position for people with smaller penises.
Why it’s good for June: June is a big transition month. It’s not just because we’re going into a new season, but it’s also the halfway point in the year. What this means is that all that talk about having sex on the kitchen table should absolutely happen in June.
7. July: Doggy Style
How to do it: Simply, get on your hands and knees, and have your partner penetrate you from a kneeling position. If you can, arch your back for deeper penetration and G-spot stimulation.
Why it’s good for July: July is hot and sweaty and primal and perfect for doggy style. They don’t call them the dog days of summer for nothing.
8. August: Cowgirl
How to do it: With your partner on their back, straddle them and lower yourself onto your partner while facing them. You can either do this while in an up-right, sitting position or lying flat against them — it’s your call.
Why it’s good for August: I mean, look at you! You’re relaxed, been kissed by the sun a few times, and you're probably in vacation mode. Because of this, you want to be on top, especially before you have to say goodbye to Summer Fridays and the world gets all stressful again.
9. September: Modified Doggy Style
How to do it: Basically, you’re getting into doggy style for this one, but you’re lowering yourself down so you’re either flat on the bed, with your partner on you, or on your elbows as opposed to your hands. This is actually a great position for people who love doggy style, but have weak wrists.
Why it’s good for September: Honestly, doggy style is always a good idea, but since we’re getting into the Fall, this position is great because it’s a closer, more intimate version of doggy style, which is something you just sometimes want as you begin to realize that winter is just around the corner.
10. October: Legs Up Missionary
How to do it: Starting in missionary position, roll your hips back a bit with your legs in the air. From here, your partner penetrates you, while you rest your legs on their shoulders.
Why it’s good for October: By this point, you’re probably over 2017 and are officially ready for 2018. So, since you’ve thrown your arms up in the air and are just done, you might as well throw your legs up in the air, too.
11. November: 69
How to do it: Lying down, facing your partner, but head to foot, pull them in close to you so you can give them oral while they orally stimulate your clitoris with their tongue.
Why it’s good for November: Maybe it’s at this point in the year that you realize you haven’t had enough oral sex in 2017. If that’s the case, then you really need to get on that… and what better way than 69? You both get to enjoy it at once, totally making it a win-win position.
12. December: Standing
How to do it: Either facing toward your partner or away from them (with a wall for support), spread your legs and have your partner penetrate you while standing. Depending on the height difference, this will involve both you guiding them inside you, as well as some adjusting and readjusting your standing positions.
Why it’s good for December: December is a hectic month for everyone. So many holidays, so many holiday parties, all those family obligations, trying to figure out why your company still does a gift swap — all of it is just too much. So, what it comes down to is that you need a sex position that’s all about getting a quickie as much as possible. Then you can go about your obligations with a lovely, “I just got laid” glow on your face.
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