In the following article we have gathered survey data on the most common sexual positions that people report to normally use. We have analyzed the data such that the most popular sex positions for all demographics, and around the world, is represented.

This should thereby offering an up-to-date and in-depth understanding of most common, normal, and favorite sexual positions.

Please feel free to use the insights with the proper reference to this article.

  • The most common sexual position are Doggy Style (35% report it as their favorite they use most often).
  • 22.5% report to use the missionary sex position most often, while 19.4% use cowgirl most frequently.
  • 69’er is the most popular and searched for sexual position with 1.8M yearly searches in the US alone.
  • For women cowgirl (#3) is less preferred and popular than missionary (#2), while doggy style (#1) is still the most common.
    • The most common lesbian sex position is oral, followed by 69’er, and missionary.
  • For men the biggest favorite is doggy style (#1), followed by cowgirl (#2), and missionary (#3).
    • The most common gay sex position is Anal doggy style, and Oral.
  • Doggy style is the most common sexual position in the US, UK, Germany, France, and Spain.
  • Missionary is the most common sexual position in the Netherlands, Denmark, and Norway.
  • When asked, what new sex position people wanted to try, most answered the tabletop sex position (20%), and 16% wanted to try 69’er standing up.

There are multiple ways to find out, what the most popular sexual position is. In the following we used two different methods to determine it.

On the one hand we used a representative survey of 4,547 respondents from the US and EU.

Secondly, we used the search term frequency on google for each position name – this was done to determine the search interest in each type of sexual position.

Determining the most popular positions based on the survey we find the following distribution in answers from respondents:

RankSex positions% who report it to be favorite
#1Doggy style35.1%
#2Missionary22.5%
#3Cowgirl19.4%
#4Holding legs up4.3%
#5694.3%
#6Spooning4.1%
#7Reverse cowgirl3.9%
#8Oral3.2%
#9Anal2.1%
#10Tabletop1.2%

Based on the survey results we find that:

  • The most popular sex position is Doggy Style with 35% of people voting it, as their favorite.
  • The second most popular sexual position is missionary, which gathered almost 23% of the votes.
  • The third favorite position among adults is the cowgirl voted so by 19% respondents.

Overall the results therefore showed that:

  1. Doggy style is the most common sexual position, with 35.1% reporting it as their favorite sexual position.
  2. Missionary is the second common sexual position, with 22.5% reporting it as their favorite sexual position.
  3. Cowgirl is the third common sexual position, with 19.4% reporting it as their favorite sexual position.
  4. Holding legs up is the fourth common sexual position, with 4.3% reporting it as their favorite sexual position.
  5. 69 is the fifth common sexual position, with 4.3% reporting it as their favorite sexual position.
  6. Spooning is the sixth common sexual position, with 4.1% reporting it as their favorite sexual position.
  7. Reverse cowgirl is the seventh common sexual position, with 3.9% reporting it as their favorite sexual position.
  8. Oral is the 8th common sexual position, with 3.2% reporting it as their favorite sexual position.
  9. Anal is the 9th common sexual position, with 2.1% reporting it as their favorite sexual position.
  10. Tabletop is the 10th common sexual position, with 1.2% reporting it as their favorite sexual position.

Based on the google search volumes for different sexual position the results vary.

This is likely due to the fact, that google search volumes are a better indicator of what sexual positions users are interested in learning more about, rather than what their favorite position are. Hence, search volumes are unlikely to make a good predictor of what the most frequently used sexual position in the population is.

RankSexual positionMonthly searchesYearly searches
169148,0001.8M
2Reverse cowgirl141,0001.7M
3Missionary117,0001.4M
4Cowgirl75,000900K
5Rim job55,000660K
6Scissoring49,000590K
7Lotus position18,000216K
8Butterfly position4,20050K
9Queening4,10049K
10Wheelbarrow position3,00036K

Women’s favorite sex positions

Although women’s favorite sexual positions do not differ significantly from men’s favorites, it is slightly different – at least when it comes to which ones are the second and third most popular positions.

Women’s reported top 10 most popular sex positions:

  1. Doggy style
  2. Missionary
  3. Cowgirl
  4. Holding legs up
  5. Spooning
  6. 69
  7. Oral
  8. Reverse Cowgirl
  9. Kneeling Wheelbarrow
  10. Tabletop

Men’s favorite sex positions

Men in general are more a fan of the cowgirl position (second most popular after doggy style) over the missionary (which is women’s favorite). While missionary are women’s second favorite position it is only men’s third most popular choice.

Similarly, the reverse cowgirl position is very popular among men – making it as the fourth most popular position – compared to women who rank it as their 8th most popular overall.

  1. Doggy style
  2. Cowgirl
  3. Missionary
  4. Reverse cowgirl
  5. 69
  6. Spooning
  7. Oral
  8. Holding legs up
  9. Anal
  10. Tabletop

In the following we have provided a table showcasing the 5 most popular sex position for each sexual orientation (in gender categories).

It is no wonder that the overall results for all men and women are similar to the results we find in the population amongst heterosexual men and women (due to the large part of the population identifying as such).

Therefore, the most interesting findings where the following:

  • All sexual orientations have doggy style in their top 5 favorite sex positions except for lesbians.
  • Gay men prefer Anal and oral over any missionary position.
  • Both homosexual men and women have oral sex as one of their top 5 favorite, while it is not the case for heterosexual or bisexual men and women.
Sexual orientation, by gender#1 Most popular#2 most popular#3 most popular#4 most popular#5 most popular
Heterosexual, WomenDoggy styleMissionaryCowgirlHolding legsSpooning
Heterosexual, MenDoggy styleCowgirlMissionaryR. Cowgirl69
Homosexual, WomenOral69MissionarySpooningScissoring
Homosexual, MenAnalDoggy styleOralMissionary69
Bisexual, WomenDoggy styleCowgirlMissionaryLotus positionHolding legs
Bisexual, MenDoggy styleMissionaryAnalHolding legsCowgirl

Favorite sex positions in the US, State-by-state

In the following we used localized online search data to identify the favorite sex positions for each US state.

most common sex positions by US state by state
US StateFavorite Sex Position
AlabamaDoggy-style
AlaskaMissionary
ArizonaRim Job (analingus)
ArkansasReverse Cowgirl
CaliforniaCowgirl
ColoradoRim Job (analingus)
ConnecticutDoggy-style
DelawareReverse Cowgirl
District of ColumbiaQueening (face-sitting)
FloridaCowgirl
GeorgiaMissionary
HawaiiOral
IdahoReverse Cowgirl
IllinoisMissionary
IndianaReverse Cowgirl
IowaQueening (face-sitting)
KansasMissionary
KentuckyReverse Cowgirl
LouisianaCowgirl
MaineOral
MarylandDoggy-style
MassachusettsDoggy-style
MichiganDoggy-style
MinnesotaRim Job (analingus)
MississippiSpooning
MissouriReverse Cowgirl
MontanaOral
NebraskaCowgirl
NevadaQueening (face-sitting)
New HampshireQueening (face-sitting)
New JerseyCowgirl
New MexicoDoggy-style
New YorkMissionary
North CarolinaCowgirl
North DakotaDoggy-style
OhioMissionary
OklahomaDoggy-style
OregonCowgirl
Pennsylvania69
Rhode Island69
South CarolinaCowgirl
South DakotaDoggy-style
TennesseeReverse Cowgirl
TexasReverse Cowgirl
UtahOral
VermontSpooning
VirginiaCowgirl
WashingtonCowgirl
West VirginiaReverse Cowgirl
WisconsinCowgirl
WyomingMissionary

Most common sex positions, by country

Here is a table showing each countries mos popular sex position:

CountryMost common sexual position
United KingdomDoggy style
BelgiumCowgirl
NetherlandsMissionary
GermanyDoggy style
FranceDoggy style
SpainDoggy style
PortugalHolding legs up
ItalyCowgirl
AustriaDoggy style
HungaryHolding legs up
RomaniaDoggy style
PolandSpooning
DenmarkMissionary
SwedenReverse cowgirl
NorwayMissionary
SwitzerlandCowgirl
United StatesDoggy style

We found that across countries, Doggy style was the most common sex position to be the favorite – being picked as the favorite by 7 of 17 countries on the list.

What positions do people want to try the most?

In addition to finding out what sexual positions people used the most, and searched for thew most we also wanted answer the luring question: “What sexual positions do people really want to try?”.

Below is the answers respondents provided to that question:

  • 19.9% of respondents wanted to try the Tabletop sex position the most.
  • 16.1% of respondents wanted to try the 69 standing up sex position the most.
  • 13.4% of respondents wanted to try the Kneeling wheelbarrow sex position the most.
  • 12.1% of respondents wanted to try the Anal sex position the most.
  • 9% of respondents wanted to try the Reverse cowgirl sex position the most.
  • 8.7% of respondents wanted to try the Standing sex position the most.
  • 6.4% of respondents wanted to try the doggy style sex position the most.
  • 5.3% of respondents wanted to try the 69 sex position the most.
  • 5% of respondents wanted to try the Holding legs up sex position the most.
  • 4.2% of respondents wanted to try the Spooning sex position the most.

Favorite props, toys and settings during sex

  • 37% of couples prefer to use a vibrator over other props during different sex positions.
  • 14% prefer to use a dildo during sex over other props for sex positions.
  • Only 2.3% prefer to use a sex swing over any other sex position props.
Favorite Sex Toy, Prop or SettingPercent Preferred This
Vibrators36.8%
Other16.7%
Dildos13.6%
Cuffs11.5%
Anal plugs/beads9.6%
Rings/slings9.6%
Sex swing2.3%

All the positions depicted:

In the following post of the 50 best sex position, you can find most of the already discussed positions (popularity often arise among the best sex positions).

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