What's the secret to a satisfying sex life in a long-term relationship? As much as we may like to think that amazing sex and chemistry are things that just magically happen — and then last forever — keeping the spark alive in the bedroom in a long-term relationship can actually take some real work.
"A couple's physical intimacy does not stay constant during the course of their relationship," Rhonda Milrad, LCSW, ABS certified clinical sexologist and relationship therapist, and founder of online relationship community Relationup, tells Bustle. "In fact, it decreases once the 'honeymoon phase' is over and the relationship becomes familiar and comfortable, and then proceeds to wax and wane. Although this may not sound sexy or glamorous, it is the natural course of relationships. Maintaining physical intimacy takes work and won’t just occur organically. If couples neglect actively working on their intimate life, it will peter out altogether."
Maintaining physical intimacy with a partner is all about seeing each from a new perspective or experiencing something new together, bringing that novelty back into the relationship. So here are seven sex positions, from The Splitter to The Bridge, that will help you and your long-term partner discover each other all over again.