We scoured the latest studies, grilled dozens of experts, and polled more than 700 women to come up with this enlightening list of 12 rules guaranteed to make you a better lover—tonight.
By turning her fantasies into reality, she’ll be more likely to agree to act out your wildest s*x dreams.
And she’ll want s*x more often, so things will only get better every time you get unclad with her.
1. Greater Focus Leads to Hotter s*x
What’s the best way to unlock a woman’s wildest desires in bed? “Passion,” said 42 percent of the women we surveyed.
“That means being in the moment and not being distracted,” says Joel Block, Ph. D., a Long Island-based psychologist and the author of Secrets of Better s*x. “s*x is a conversation, and she doesn’t want to feel like you wish you had your BlackBerry.”
A woman takes attendance during s*x in many ways, and the strongest signal you can send comes from your mouth. More than 90 percent of women we surveyed said a man’s primal panting turns them on.
But use words over Tarzan grunts, if you can.
“You want to reassure her, ‘Do that more,’ ‘That feels so good,’ or ‘Oh, I love that,’ ” says Logan Levkoff, Ph. D., a New York City-based sexologist and the author of Third Base Ain’t What It Used to Be. Beyond giving her a confidence boost, the extra sensory seduction intensifies the experience.
Nonverbal communication is important, too.
Bursts of eye contact, lip nibbles, and any other kind of physical or verbal communication shows her she’s the one pushing your buttons, not some fantasy fembot in your head.
If the soulful eye lock’s not for you, bury your face in her neck, run the tip of your tongue from her collarbone to her earlobe, and whisper why she’s driving you crazy.
2. Foreplay Can Be the Main Event
“‘Foreplay’ is a terrible word becase it implies that it’s leading to something more important,” says se*uality counselor Beverly Whipple, Ph. D., R. N., a coauthor of The G Spot and Other Discoveries About Human se*uality. “You’ll both have more fun if you think of it as s*x play and make it about discovering and enjoying each other, not just reaching the finish line.”
The women we surveyed agreed: Two in five said their last climax occurred during foreplay itself, not intercourse.
What’s more, when asked to rank their partners’ bedroom skills, the women’s top two complaints were a lack of s*xual creativity and subpar manual s*x skills, in that order. Ouch.
Your move? Tell her you want to go three sack sessions sans penetration.
Ditching the same old script—foreplay, s*x, cuddling—will help your creative instincts spring to life.
Bonus: s*xual novelty re-creates those early-relationship, take-me-now hormones, says psychiatrist Daniel Amen, M. D., the author of s*x on the Brain: 12 Lessons to Enhance Your Love Life.
3. Pleasure Isn’t Satisfaction
The good news is you can give a woman both.
In a Kinsey Institute study, both women and men agreed that s*x without condoms feels better—but women said using protection actually helps them feel more satisfied overall in the sack.
Even those using hormonal birth-control methods felt the effect: When they used condoms, they reported a 17.5 percent higher rate of overall satisfaction with their s*x lives.
Why? This one’s a no-brainer. When women worry less (say, about STDs), they enjoy themselves more.
4. “Gentle” Means More Than That
“That word is a woman’s code telling you to be more sensitive to her cues,” says Block. The more nerve-dense the hot spot is on a woman’s body, the more careful your approach should be.
Clitoral contact in particular feels abrasive without a proper warmup, says Lou Paget, a s*x educator and the author of How to Be a Great Lover.
If a woman yips or inhales suddenly when you go there—instead of purring or moaning—you’ve jumped the gun.
Use indirect stimulation first, paying careful attention to her reactions as a guide.
The nerve-packed cli**ris actually extends several inches under the skin on either side of her v**ina (like a wishbone), which means you can massage it without direct pressure to the bud. Trace the extensions with flat, wide, extra-wet tongue strokes or slow finger zigzags. (Don’t forget lube.) Then rub a slow spiral around the top, drawing closer with each pass.
The combo of anticipation and indirect contact will bring her pleasure centers to life.
If she coos, you’ve found her sweet spot. If she fidgets or gasps, take a step back.
5. Climate Is Crucial For Climax
Egyptian cotton and dimmer switches can’t hurt, but your love chamber’s thermostat is just as important, according to Dutch s*x researchers.
“At the beginning of our trials, only 50 percent of our female subjects were able to reach climax,” says study author Gert Holstege, M. D., Ph. D., chairman of the center for uroneurology at the University of Groningen, in the Netherlands. “But we learned they were uncomfortable because they had cold feet. We gave them socks, and 80 percent reached climax.”
The socks aren’t the secret, though.
“The amygdala and prefrontal cortex—the brain areas responsible for anxiety, fear, and danger signals—strongly decrease their activation during climax,” says Dr. Holstege. “A pleasant environment, which includes the room temperature, is an important part of making her feel safe, secure, and comfortable,” he adds.
“Imagine the ideal day at the beach,” says Tristan Taormino, director of Vivid Entertainment’s P0*n series Chemistry. “You want it just warm enough that she’s happy to shed a layer or two, but not so hot that you’ll end up drenched once you exert yourself.”
6. Positions Need a Purpose
“There’s no need to be overly fancy during s*x—the very best positions are the ones that focus on the cli**ris,” says Levkoff.
Want to amp up her pleasure without risking a hamstring cramp? Ditch the flesh pretzel for these modified standards.
They’re all designed to boost stimulation to her cli**ris, which has even more nerve endings than the head of your man-hood.
Missionary: Instead of in-and-out thrusting, “have her grind against you in circles,” says s*x expert Tracey Cox, author of Secrets of a Supersexpert. “Keep as much of the base of your man-hood in contact with her outer lips as possible.” Another option: Place two or three pillows under her b*tt to lift it off the bed at an angle. You’ll rub against her more when thrusting. Girl on Top: Make a V with two fingers, and place it so the point of the V (just between the two knuckles) is directly over her cli**ris. Your fingers should come down on either side of your man-hood as she rides you. “This will stimulate the cli**ris, inner labia, and urethra—as well as add intensity for you,” Cox says. Doggy-Style: “Have her lift her b*tt up or spread out your legs to move down and touch the supersensitive vaginal wall,” Cox says. Then reach around to play with her cli**ris using your fingers. (Use a small vibrator for extra intensity.) For over-the-top stimulation of her most nerve-packed parts, “keep thrusting short and shallow, rather than deep and fast.”
7. Club climax Isn’t “Members Only”
Only one in five women we surveyed said their last climax came during penetration. “Most younger women want their partners to slow down and use their hands and mouths more,” explains Juliet Richters, Ph. D., an Australian s*x researcher who surveyed more than 19,000 people for her book Doing It Down Under.
In her survey, more than 90 percent of women were able to reach climax when their partners used only oral and manual stimulation. Here’s the rub: Fifty-two percent of the women we surveyed said they’ve made a guy stop because they were afraid of taking too long.
So how can you be sure she’s not letting you off easy? “Say ‘I love doing this, I could do this all day. Are you sure you want me to stop?’ ” Whipple says.
If you’re the one worried about 20-plus minutes of exhausting tongue-lapping, though, “don’t go faster—it won’t make her reach climax sooner,” Cox says. “If anything, slow down. The gentler and slower and more consistent you are, the quicker she’ll arrive.”
Another option: Enlist help. A small vibrator on her cli**ris and your moist lips everywhere else should do the job.
8. Don’t End Quickies With “Thanks!”
Only half of all women can reach climax when s*x lasts 10 minutes or less, according to a 2009 study published in the Journal of s*xual Medicine. “That means during a quickie, you’ll probably finish and she won’t,” says Levkoff.
If she doesn’t climax, make sure you’ll have access to future rapid-fire sessions by saying, “Later tonight, it’s going to be all about you.”
Then follow through on that promise. Leave her hanging too many times, and she won’t stick around for long.
9. The G-Spot Has Friends. Find Them
You’re goal-oriented. Good. But the G-spot and the cli**ris aren’t the only bull’s-eyes.
“The most recent anatomical research suggests that the cli**ris is perhaps better described as the ‘clitoral complex,’ where the v**ina, urethra, and cli**ris all function as a unit rather than as individual parts,” explains Kinsey Institute researcher and Men’s Health columnist Debby Herbenick, Ph. D.
Try working that clitoral complex by hitting multiple hot spots at once. Some researchers believe there’s something called an A-spot, located far inside the v**ina on the side closest to her belly button.
“Stroke this spot and she’ll lubricate almost instantly,” Cox says. “Put one lubed finger into her v**ina as far as it will comfortably go. Use the whole length of your finger to explore the front wall of her v**ina.”
Now triple the sensation: Stick both index and middle finger inside her, and stick out your thumb like you’re hitchhiking. It’ll pull your fingers more snugly against her vaginal walls, stimulating both A-spot and G-spot simultaneously.
Then use your thumb to also stimulate her cli**ris, and gently twist your hand.
10. “Ready” Is All Relative
“Just because a woman is lubricated doesn’t mean she’s ready for s*x,” says Richters.
Your woman’s real prime time comes once she reaches a phase of arousal called “uterine tenting.”
It’s just like it sounds: The uterus backs out of the way and the v**ina grows in length by as much as an inch.
“You’ll experience deeper penetration, and the v**ina will provide an intense grip to the head of your man-hood,” says Barbara Keesling, Ph. D., a lecturer on human se*uality at California State University at Fullerton and the author of Men in Bed. “The orgasms are incredible.”
Keesling says the best position is the butterfly: “Have her lie on her back and pull her knees up to her shoulders, tilting her pelvis so her v**ina points up almost to the ceiling,” she says.
Since tenting can take anywhere from 30 seconds to, well, forever, focus on synchronizing the stimulation between your man-hood and her outer lips before entering her.
Lie pressed against each other with your man-hood snug between her legs, allowing her to slide and rub against you while you use your hands and mouth elsewhere. The warm, slick, and firm contact will bring her to a boil in no time.
11. Want to Have s*x? Do the Dishes
“If a woman is distracted by anything—work, lack of sleep, chores, a fight she had with a friend—it can interfere with her arousal,” says Whipple.
Seven in 10 women we surveyed said helping around the home was a turn-on, but men do only about 30 percent of the chores, according to the Council on Contemporary Families.
The women we surveyed said they’d be most grateful if you did the dishes, cooked dinner, and did the laundry, in that order.
Score bonus points: Don’t brag.
12. Don’t Make climax Your Only Goal
Desperation sinks her s*x drive: A 2008 study published in the Journal of s*xual Medicine found that stress about s*xual performance significantly decreases female arousal.
“Whatever you do, don’t look up and ask, ‘Are you close?’ or ‘Did you come?’” Whipple says. “It’s distracting, and it adds unnecessary pressure.”
See if you’re on the right track by asking questions such as, “Do you like that?” and “Should I keep doing that?” instead.
And if you’re waiting for her to reach climax during penetration, it’s sometimes better to finish first, rather than holding out for half an hour.
“Women don’t have orgasms every time, and they know it’s not necessarily their partner’s fault,” Whipple says.
So take turns, Levkoff says. “You can always go back and use your hands and fingers to please her, if she’s still turned on.”