Skip navigation! Story from Sex. Lots of people assume that being on top during sex makes everything feel better. Even the sex position name "cowgirl" summons images of a tough, carefree, confident, proud, and experienced rider. But having to mount your partner and be fully on display can be awkward, especially if you feel kind of meh about your body to begin with.
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What You Can Do About Uncomfortable Sex - Sexual Health Center - Everyday Health
If it does hurt, there could be something wrong. Many of us grew up believing that sex hurts. From literature to friends, it was always the same impression we were given. The general consensus was that intercourse was definitely going to hurt the first time and maybe for a while afterwards as well. It was probably for this very reason that many of us don't question any pain associated with sex.
What You Can Do When Sex Is Painful or Uncomfortable
Educating yourself and reaching out for help are two of the most important steps toward taking sex from ouch to ooooooh. Painful sex has a medical term, dyspareunia, and while it often occurs during intercourse, it may also happen before or after a romp. Sorenson J, et al. Evaluation and treatment of female sexual pain: A clinical review. DOI:
Much as we might all want to channel our inner cowgirl, sometimes it's just easier said than done. Being on top during sex puts you in a vulnerable position and it can be intimidating and tricky to master for some. If you're having trouble feeling confident when you're on top during sex, don't worry! But there are tons of helpful tricks and tips to mastering how to do woman-on-top. From spelling certain letters or words with your hips, grabbing onto a surface to stabilize yourself, and adding toys into the mix, there are a ton of actionable ways to improve your on-top experience.