No matter what porn will have you believe, there’s so much more to anal sex than doggy style. Sure, doggy style is awesome, obviously. You get to see yourself actually penetrating your partner, and if you and your partner are into ass-smacking, you’re in the ideal position to spank their behind. Hot.
But doggy style is just one of many anal sex positions out there, and if you don’t try anything else, you might be missing out on some of the mind-blowing sensations that come with exploring your and/or your partner’s back door. (Hello, prostate orgasms.) If you’re looking for some creative new ways to have butt sex, we’ve got you covered with this list of the 20 best anal sex positions that aren’t doggy style. Been there, done that. This list describes how to pull off each position from the perspective of the person doing the penetrating, but I’d like to note: All of these anal sex positions have been tried out by yours truly as both the penetrator (a.k.a. the “top”) and the person being penetrated (a.k.a. the “bottom”).
Remember that lube is your friend for all things butt sex (and all things sex, in general). Before you test out these positions, check out our picks for the 10 best lubes for anal sex. And if your partner has a vulva and wants to try penetrating you in any—or all!—of these amazing anal sex positions, you might want to check out our comprehensive guide to pegging.
How it works: While seated in a chair (or at the end of the bed), have your partner straddle you, facing towards you, and wrap their legs around you.
Why it’s good: This is an intimate position that allows for making out, caressing, and holding. All too often, we think of “taking them from behind” for anal sex, but face-to-face positions can be very romantic.
2. The Captain
How it works: Oh captain, my captain! Have your partner lie on their back and hold their legs up straight in a V-shape. This grants you access to the booty. Enjoy!
Why it’s good: You’ve probably figured out by now that angles are the name of the game when it comes to anal. For one, you don’t want it to hurt your dick. Two, you don’t want your dick constantly slipping out every few seconds. (I purposefully did not include positions that often cause “falling out.”) This position allows for great angles, and it’s really hard to slip out if you’er the one penetrating your partner.
3. Crème Brûlée
How it works: Your partner starts by lying on their side. Their arms are raised above them and their legs are bent. You then wrap one of your legs around your partner’s torso, keeping the other one straight. From there, it’s simple to start anal penetration.
Why it’s good: This is the perfect position for lazy, morning anal. (Yes, that’s a thing–ask any gay man ever.) It doesn’t require a lot of work. Your limbs are intertwined. You can kiss each other’s necks. It’s the perfect way to start your day.
4. Extended Reverse Cowgirl
How it works: Have you partner hop on top of you, facing the opposite direction, like it’s reverse cowgirl. Then have them lean back, planting the palms of their hands by the sides of your shoulders (or face) depending on the height of your partner.
Why it’s good: Typical reverse cowgirl is actually tough to pull off in anal because of the angle. Most penises are fairly straight when erect, so typical reverse cowgirl will pull the penis forward, which can be painful. Extended reverse cowgirl solves that problem.
5. Fire Hydrant
How it works: To start, get into regular doggy style, meaning your partner should be on their hands and knees in front of you. You should then get on your knees behind your partner with your knees inside their legs. You then raise one of your knees to a bent position. This will automatically raise your partner’s leg on the side. Their thigh will then be resting on yours. When done correcting, it looks like your partner is a dog peeing on a fire hydrant.
Why it’s good: This position really is great for self-identified “leg men” because it feels like your partner’s legs are all over you while in this position.
How it works: Have your partner lie face down on the bed with their knees slightly bent and hips slightly raised. For comfort and to increase the angle of their hips, you can place a pillow under their lower abs. From here, enter them from behind and keep your weight off of them by propping yourself up with your arms.
Why it’s good: You can go really deep in this position, and it feels so damn good.
7. The Golden Arch
How it works: Sit on the bed with your legs straight. Have your partner sit on top of you. They should bend their knees on top of your thighs, then both of you can lean back, planting your palms firmly on the bed. From there, get to business.
Why it’s good: This position is different because it’s easy for both of you to work together to get the motion going as unit, instead of either you or your partner controlling the motion and speed.
8. Happy Baby Pose
How it works: While your partner’s lying on their back, have them throw their bent legs up into the air. Their legs should be slightly past shoulder-length apart, and for this pose to really work, they need to grip the soles of their feet with their hands. (This will help them with stability.)
Why it’s good: Happy Baby Pose not only allows for deeper penetration, if your partner is a vulva-owner, it’s also an ideal position to engage their clitoris too. With one hand you can stimulate their clitoris, and with your other free hand, you can hold onto them for support.
How it works: Have you partner squat down by bending their knees and leaning forward, so their hands are firmly planted on the surface in front of you. (They should look like a frog who’s about to take a leap!) Then you get on your knees behind them.
Why it’s good: Squatted positions like leapfrog and squatting cowgirl are great for anal because they allow for deep penetration, even if your partner’s booty is on the bigger side.
10. Legs on Shoulders
How it works: While they’re on their back, have your partner drape their legs over your shoulders. The angle of their body should be roughly 90-degrees.
Why it’s good: The legs on shoulders position should be considered a staple, as it allows for deep anal penetration.
11. Marvellous Chair
How it works: You slouch down far in a chair, to the point where you head is resting on top of the chair itself. Your partner then sits on top of you, riding your reverse cowgirl, with their feet firmly planted on the floor. They actually hold your legs to better angle you.
Why it’s good: There’s something weirdly arousing about being squished by your partner while you’re penetrating them.
How it works: In this staple, your partner lies on their back, and you crawl on top of them. From there, you can easily penetrate your partner’s behind.
Why it’s good: It’s hot for all the reasons that P-in-V missionary is hot. It’s intimate, allowing for plenty of kissing and eye contact.
13. The Piledriver
How it works: Whoever came up with the name of this position did a great job because it really just describes what you’re doing here. Your partner should be on their back, their legs completely thrown behind them, so their body is in a C-shape. You then position yourself over your partner’s booty and start “pile driving.”
Why it’s good: You are getting suuuper deep in this position.
14. Seated Anal
How it works: You two sit on the bed, face-to-face and close together. Your partner is straddling you, with their legs planted next to your side or wrapped around you. Your legs are resting next to their side.
Why it’s good: This position is up close and personal. Your chests can touch. You can kiss. You can wrap your arms around your partner, holding them tightly. You’ll fall in love with this position and each other.
15. Seated Wheelbarrow
How it works: You should be seated upright at the end of the bed. Then have your partner get into position with their hands firmly planted on the floor in front of them. Grab your partner by the hips to position them over you. This position is slightly strenuous for the bottom, but you can help them by holding most of their weight. They shouldn’t be fully supporting themselves on their hands. Their hands should only be used to steady themselves.
Why it’s good: When done correctly, this position allows for incredibly deep penetration. You can also really control their movement by moving their hips.
16. Sit to Stand
How it works: While you’re standing upright on the side of the bed, your partner lies on their back, but they have the legs resting on your shoulders. (Their body should be at a 90-degree angle)
Why it’s good: This is yet another position that allows for really deep penetration. Pro tip: Put a pillow under your partner’s back, so you can angle their anus upwards, more towards you.
17. Spicy Dish
How it works: You sit on the edge of the bed with your feet planted on the floor. Then bend back slightly, supporting your upper body on your elbows. Have you partner then sit on your lap with their back towards you. They should put their legs on the corner of the bed for support. You can hold onto your partner’s hips.
Why it’s good: The person being penetrated has control in this position. They can give you a little lap dance—it’s a great way to really tease the top.
How it works: While you’re both lying on your side, effectively spooning, enter your partner.
Why it’s good: It’s easy to increase intensity in a spooning position by wrapping your arms around your partner. If for some reason you’re noticing that you’re unable to penetrate as deep as you both want, try leaning away from your partner.
19. Squatting Cowgirl
How it works: It’s similar to traditional cowgirl, where you’re on your back, and your partner straddles you. Only instead of having your partner’s knees besides you, they have their soles planted on the bed in a squatting position.
Why it’s good: With this position, you can grab them by the butt and thrust deep. Even though your partner’s on top, you’re still in control of the speed and motion.
20. Stand and Deliver
How it works: Stand at the edge of a bed or desk while your partner lies back and raises their legs to their chest. Their knees are bent as if they’re doing a “bicycling” exercise. Grab their ankles and enter them.
Why it’s good: This one’s also great for people who love deep penetration.