There seems to be an overwhelming insecurity around sexual ability. So many of us worry about whether we’re actually good in bed, whether we’re capable of pleasing our partners. This might be the reason that magazine articles or guides that promise to improve sexual prowess and technique are so popular.
As a woman who loves sex, who spends a fair whack of her time thinking about, reading about, writing about and having sex, I like to think that I’m not too bad in the sack. I’ve gained enough knowledge over the years to offer some sage advice about what makes for great sex. And I’d love to share that with you in the form of a few bullet points. So…..how can you be good, or better, at sex?
- First and foremost, relax. We treat sex like a big, serious act that must be perfectly choreographed and executed. But it isn’t. Funny noises happen, silly faces get pulled and body parts are flung about in ungainly ways. Don’t stress about it. Have fun, laugh at the silly bits and enjoy yourself.
- Ask for what you want. There’s this weird idea that our ideal sexual partner will be able to magically divine our deepest desires and automatically know how to touch us in a way that makes our knees weak. This rarely happens. Rather than hoping that your partner will touch you how you like to be touched, ask them.
- Conversely, ask what your partner wants. Encourage feedback and follow it. Learn from it. Respect your partners wishes if they say they don’t want something, and don’t shame them if they say they do want something you aren’t comfortable with. Just politely decline and do something else.
- Take a “let’s just see” approach during sex. Explore with your partner, rather than just doing the one or two techniques that you know work. See what happens when you lick here, touch here, stroke there. Try lots of different things and note how they feel. Not everything will produce and explosive response, but it’s only by trying things out that you find exciting new ways to play.
- Talk about sex with your partner. Not just while sex is happening, but before, and after. Don’t make it a difficult or embarrassing topic, just relax and speak openly and honestly. Communication makes sex so much better, and being able to talk with your partner about takes so much of the worry and shame out of the bedroom.
- Use lube. There’s this idea that if you’re doing sex properly, lube is not required, but that is total bullshit. Lube will only make your sex play better. Whether you’re on your own or with a partner, use lube. Whether you’re doing p-in-v, anal, hand jobs, oral or any other kind of sex play, a few drops of good quality lube will take it from feeling pretty good to downright fantastic.
- And finally….just have fun. Sex is playful and beautiful and expressive. It can be raw and vulnerable, or light and joyful. But in my opinion it should always be fun.
What do you think makes sex great? What’s the best piece of sex advice you’ve ever been given?