Here Are the Most Popular Sex Positions in 9 Countries
DrEd, a U.K.-based doctor-service site, asked 2,000 people in the U.S. and the U.K. about their favorite sex positions, and—for better or worse—it appears most of us aren’t terribly eager to reinvent the wheel. Doggy style was the most popular, favored by 35.1 percent of respondents, followed by missionary (22.5 percent) and cowgirl (19.4 percent). After those three, the numbers took a pretty big dip: “holding legs up” and “69” each got 4.3 percent of the vote, “spooning” sex got 4.1 percent, and 3.9 percent of people say they favor “reverse cowgirl.”
People’s preferences didn’t differ too much based on gender, but men did put cowgirl second, while women chose missionary. Men also ranked reverse-cowgirl fourth, while this position was way down at number eight for women. And men put anal sex ninth, while that didn’t even make the women’s list.
People’s favorite sex positions were pretty uniform in different parts of the world. Doggy style was the favorite in the U.S. and most European countries surveyed, with a few exceptions: Cowgirl was most popular in Italy, Switzerland, and Belgium, holding-legs-up took the lead in Hungary and Portugal, missionary won out in the Netherlands, and the Polish prefer spooning sex.
As for the positions people want to try, well, you might need a Kama Sutra to decipher the top three: “tabletop,” “69 standing up,” and “kneeling wheelbarrow.” Fascinating stuff.
If you’re down to shake things up in bed but feel like you don’t want to do anything named after pieces of furniture, check out our guide to the best sex position based on your Zodiac sign, this collection of positions that won’t squeak your bed and wake up your roommate, or this list of positions that don’t require much effort on your part, because we all deserve a break.