3 Best Sex Positions From Around the World


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This article was written by Laura Tedesco and provided by our partners at Men’s Health.

Tired of reaching into your usual bag of tricks every time you hit the bedroom? Go global with the best sex positions from around the world!

Tired of reaching into your usual bag of tricks every time you hit the bedroom? Take a cue from people across the globe and spice up your sex life with some international flair. Try these hot moves from foreign countries that will drive you – and your partner – wild. (Bonus points if they speak with an accent.)

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The Elephant (Italy and France)

Also called the “lazy doggy”: Lie on your belly, with a pillow placed under your stomach to prop up your hips. Have your guy penetrate you from behind, using his arms to support his torso.

The Hot Factor: This doggy modification gives you the naughty thrill of rear entry but with an added dose of romance. “Your bodies remain quite close, so you’re still able to kiss,” says Gaia Polloni, a sex therapist in Milan. There’s also a pleasurable payoff: “The pillow under her helps provide G-spot stimulation,” she says.

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The Lotus (Spain)

Sit in his lap with your legs wrapped around his waist (so your bodies create the shape of a flower).

The Hot Factor: In Spain, it represents sexual freedom: “In the ’70s, movies with sex scenes were forbidden,” says Belen Molinuevo, a sexuality instructor at Syracuse University in Madrid. “We went to France to see them. The Last Tango in Paris, one of the most popular [erotic films], features ‘the lotus.’ It’s still in our minds.” For you, it symbolises connection. “American couples often avoid eye contact,” says Brandy Engle, a Los Angeles sex therapist. “Even with missionary, the guy puts his head to the side.” But with the lotus, you’re truly face-to-face. Eyes open, everyone!

Missionary, with Attitude (Netherlands)

This is normal missionary position – except for one titillating tweak: You’re spread-eagle.

The Hot Factor: The way you position your body can subconsciously signal a shift in your sexual attitude. “The more open the woman’s body is – spreading her legs or arms wide – the more vulnerable she is,” says Engler. “That makes the encounter feel more erotic, and less guarded.”

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