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There’s only one problem with missionary sex: The vast majority of men thrust in the same conventional, in-and-out way.
Same speed, same depth, same hip motion, same everything. In other words, yawn and repeat.
What these guys don’t know is that there are much more exciting ways to insert your penis. Ways that will create new, pleasurable sensations for both you and your partner.
Take these six ideas from the Kama Sutra, for example. It may be an ancient Hindu text—which explains the strange names like “boar’s blow”—but these techniques certainly hold up in 2016. (These tips are written from a straight couple, missionary position perspective, but some of the ideas will work for other positions or anal intercourse—just avoid the deep and fast moves during anal.)
Kama Sutra Technique: Churning
Grasp your penis in your hand at the base, then move it in circles inside her vagina.
The sensitivity of her vaginal wall varies in different areas, so by circling all of it, you can explore new hot spots.
Kama Sutra Technique: Rubbing
You may have been told that you should always aim for the front wall of her vagina, where her G-spot lies. While many woman love that move, aiming for the back side of her vagina creates a totally different sensation—she may enjoy that for a change, too.
While in missionary position, thrust your penis in a downward direction rather then upward. Keep your thrusting short and sharp rather than plunging deeply.
Kama Sutra Technique: Piercing
Have her keep her hips low as she lies on her back. Climb on top with your body higher up than you would usually be, so that your shoulders are lined up with her head. As you thrust in and out, your penis will slip back and forth along her clitoris, providing extra stimulation for her. Take it slow and easy.
Kama Sutra Technique: Buffeting
As you thrust, pull out completely and then penetrate again with a fast, hard stroke.
Lots of women love this move because it’s primitive and animalistic, combining teasing and lusty thrusting.
Kama Sutra Technique: Boar’s Blow
As you thrust in and out while in missionary position, aim your penis to your left or your right, putting continuous pressure on one side of her vagina. Recent evidence suggests that one side of the clitoris is nearly always more sensitive on most women, so it’s not wild conjecture to imagine the same applies elsewhere.
Kama Sutra Technique: Sporting Of a Sparrow
Make rapid, shallow in-an-out strokes without ever fully removing your penis. For many women, the first inch or so of the vagina is the most sensitive.
Tracey Cox is a sex columnist; the author of 16 books, including Dare: What Happens When Fantasies Come True; and also has a line of sex toys. A version of this article originally appeared on her blog.