Sex doesn’t have to always be about the organic materials you’re working with — sometimes, store bought really is fine (more than fine, really). When bringing sex toys into the bedroom, you don’t want to overthink it, but there are logistics to consider — namely, what sex positions you should use them with. Not all sex positions pair seamlessly with all sex toys. For example, if you’re engaging in a little penetrative missionary, throwing a dildo in the mix probably won’t work. You might be better off opting for a different position entirely.
Long story short: Some sex positions are notably sex toy-friendlier than others. The best ones leave all kinds of room for your favorite gadgets. Or maybe, they offer you and your partner easy access to sensitive spots that might not be stimulated by the position on its own.
A little research will arm you with a veritable plethora of sex toy-friendly sex positions worth turning to the next time you’re looking for enhanced play. Even better? We’ve gone ahead and done the research for you. All that’s left for you to do is give the follow toy-friendly sex positions a quick perusal — they might just inspire your next rendezvous.
Not only is Doggy Style an absolute classic, but it also lends itself particularly well to sex-toy play. While your partner is penetrating you from behind, you can make use of a clitoral vibrator in the front. You can also invite your partner to experiment on you with a vibrating anal toy. After all, they have a great view of your derriere — they might as well put it to use.
Lie down on a bed, and slide a pillow under the small of your back to prop yourself up. From there, your partner can go down on you as always. Thanks to the elevated angle, they have increased access to supplement oral sex with a dildo or some other penetrative toy.
Spooning Sex wasn’t necessarily invented with sex toys in mind, but it might as well have been! This intimate position grants your partner access to your most sensitive spots, which paves the way for all kinds of sex-toy play. You can easily slip a clitoral vibrator into the mix, your partner can run a vibrator over your nipples, and/or you can reach around and massage their anus with an anal sex toy. Options abound.
Standard missionary isn’t always conducive to sex-toy play, but a slightly elevated take on the classic is. Slide a pillow under your back to give yourself a little lift, and bend your legs in toward your chest to further alter the angle. From there, your partner can approach on their knees and experiment with a range of sex toys.
A small, hands-free clitoral vibrator could easily make its way into the mix. As could a rabbit vibrator (a penetrative dildo that comes with a built-in clitoris-stimulator), or even a double-penetration dildo. To put it simply, Modified Missionary is a treasure trove for experimental sex-toy play.
If you’re a fan of a tighter fit, you might enjoy the Crouching Prone. This position combines the aggressive fun of Doggy Style with the intimacy of Spooning Sex. Though it makes sex toy access a little harder than either position in its original form, the Crouching Prone does offer space for reach-arounds, so your partner can grab a vibrator and supplement penetration with a little clitoris- or nipple-based fun.
Cowgirl and 7. Reverse Cowgirl
Good news. Two of your favorites — Cowgirl and Reverse Cowgirl — are totally sex-toy compatible. Sliding a vibrating ring onto your partner’s shaft or strap-on is a great place to begin. It’s low-cost, low-effort, and you can basically go about sex as you always do but with extra stimulation.
Other sex toy opportunities exist, too. With these positions, you can use a hands-free clitoral vibrator, nipple clamps, a butt plug — you name it. There’s tons of room for supplementary fun with these classics, so get experimenting.
As we all know very well, penetration isn’t the only way to do it. A sex toy can be used with oral sex — or you can simply make sex-toy play the main event. Talk to your partner about what they’d be interested in trying, and explore the world of toys together. All kinds of fun awaits for you both.
A version of this story was published September 2019.
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