[shallow vagina]Science Just Found the 4 Best Penetration Techniques for Female Pleasure
Scientists have just identified four new ways to increase vulva owners’ pleasure during intercourse, and no, none of them involve pumping away like a jackhammer. (Shockingly!)
Researchers from Indiana University School of Medicine and OMGYES have conducted the first-ever, large-scale, nationally representative study focused on techniques people with a vulva can use for increasing their pleasure during vaginal penetration. (As you probably already know, vulva owners are significantly less likely than their penis-owning partners to climax during intercourse, so this study is important!)
The researchers analyzed data from surveying 3,017 American women, ages 18-93. Participants answered a series of open-ended questions such as, “What discovery have you made that really made vaginal penetration more pleasurable for you?” A subset of approximately 1,000 women participated in follow-up interviews via video chat to expand on their answers.
The findings, published today in the journal PLOS ONE, identify four distinct methods to enhance female pleasure: angling, pairing, rocking, and shallowing. So how do you get on these ASAP? Let’s break each of them down:
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Nearly 88% of the study participants reported experiencing more pleasure during penetration by “angling,” which involves rotating, raising, or lowering the pelvis/hips during penetration to adjust where inside the vagina the toy or penis rubs.
More specifically, 84% of the women reported that angling their hips high (or upward) increased pleasure, and 68% said that angling their hips low (or downward) increased pleasure.
Angles are everything when it comes to sex, which is why it’s often recommended to put a pillow under your partner’s back when in missionary (and a number of other positions), which helps to tilt the pelvis upward. It’s also why you need to try various positions to see which ones allow your penis to hit your partner’s vagina at just the right angle.
Roughly three-quarters of the women said they made penetration more pleasurable by “rocking” the base of a penis or sex toy, so it rubs against their clitoris constantly during penetration, staying all the way inside the vagina rather than thrusting in and out.
A prime position that enables an organic rocking motion is the Lotus, where your partner wraps their legs around you. In the lotus, you can’t thrust, rather, you ungulate (or rock) back and forth together.
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Eighty-four percent of women orgasm more often or increase their pleasure through “‘shallowing,” which is defined as penetrative touch just inside the entrance of the vagina with a fingertip, sex toy, penis tip, tongue, or lips.
When broken down, shallowing with a tongue or lips was the most pleasurable at 70%. Sixty-seven percent of women reported shallowing with a penis tip enhanced pleasure, followed by 60% with a fingertip, and 38% with a sex toy.
This goes to show that depth isn’t the end-all-be-all of sex and pleasure. And while penetrating your partner, it can be enjoyable to insert your fingers in there too, so you can stimulate the shallow part of the vagina while penetrating more deeply.
Seventy percent of women found it pleasurable when either they or their partner “paired” penetration with clitoral stimulation, reaching down and stimulating the clitoris with their fingers or a sex toy. There actually was a significant difference in reported pleasure when a woman pairs herself with her own fingers (31%) vs. if her partner pairs with his fingers (43%). This indicates that it may be beneficial to engage in positions like Missionary, Spread Eagle, and the Launchpad, where you can manually stimulate your partner’s clitoris while penetrating.
At the end of the day, the research expands upon what women have been telling men since the dawn of sex: 1) Find the right angles 2) Don’t focus just on thrusting 3) Don’t focus solely on depth, and 4) Don’t ignore the clitoris during sex.
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