If your bedroom action could use a boost, youâ€™re not alone. A whopping 59 percent of men and women say they want to make their sex lives more playful and fun, according to a new survey released today by International Communications Research and sponsored by We-Vibe.
But if most people are craving more excitement in bed, why are we still having run-of-the-mill sex? Many couples are afraid to switch up a sexual script thatâ€™s workingâ€”meaning, both partners are already getting offâ€”says relationship expert Wendy Walsh, Ph.D., author of The 30-Day Love Detox. â€œPeople learn to play each otherâ€™s instruments, and then they go to the same two spots,â€ she says. â€œBut you become accustomed to that and you can become numb emotionally and physically. Then things just donâ€™t work as well as they did before.â€
Take your sex life from meh to amazing with these tips from the experts:
Stop Faking It Immediately
You probably wouldnâ€™t say you had a blast on your date if it was actually a bore, so why lie in the bedroom? If you want more exciting sex, donâ€™t pretend to like something that doesnâ€™t actually excite you. â€œYou should never fake an orgasm,â€ says Walsh. â€œThat thing he was doing wrongâ€”heâ€™s now going to keep doing it.â€ Instead, let him know when something feels amazing, either by speaking up or engaging in some pretty obvious body language. That way thereâ€™s no confusion about what you really like in bed. (Also worth nothing: Great sex can exist without an orgasm.)
Ignore Your Instincts
That stereotype that men are the only ones who crave something new in bed is so false. In fact, research shows women are even more likely to want sexual novelty, says Walsh. Satisfy the urge by doing something totally outside your sexual script, like making a sex bucket list, getting busy in every room but your bedroom, having sex before work in the morning, or even heading to a hotel for a distraction-free hookup.
Play Up the Fantasy
So how do you bring up the fact that you want to try a new position or light bondage? â€œPut the thing youâ€™d like to do into the context of a sexy fantasy or dream that involves your partner,â€ says sex therapist Ian Kerner, Ph.D., author of She Comes First. For instance, you can tell him you had a crazy-hot dream about shower sex last night or that you canâ€™t get this Fifty Shades-style fantasy out of your head. Heâ€™ll definitely get the hint.
Match Your Position to Your Mood
Just like your dates range from romantic to passionate, your hookups should, too. Depending on the mood youâ€™re in, get creative with your sex style, says Kerner. Craving emotional intimacy and eye contact? Go with Missionary. Feel like ripping each otherâ€™s clothes off the second you get home? Opt for Upstanding Citizen against a wall. Ready to take control? Hop on top for Reverse Cowgirl. You get the idea.
Put It in Your iCal
We know, scheduling sexâ€”ugh. But even just giving yourself a mental heads-up can put you in a sexy mindset all day long. Whether itâ€™s wearing hot new lingerie all day, getting a wax, or texting your partner something youâ€™re dying to do later, these little rituals can act as extended foreplay, says Walsh.
Dress the Part
Use pop-up Halloween stores to your advantage, and pick up a few sultry accessories or even a full outfit, says Kerner. Putting on a totally different persona (whether itâ€™s with a blonde wig and thigh highs or a sexy nurseâ€™s outfit) will give you both a chance to play out a fantasy with lowered inhibitions.
Make foreplay more fun by turning it into a giver-and-receiver game, says Kerner. Decide how much time to spend on each person, and take turns doing whatever you or your partner wants. Then switch. Bonus: Pleasing your partner can turn you on even more.
Just Go For It
When in doubt, take the reins. â€œIf youâ€™re a woman wanting more novelty, itâ€™s great to be a little bold and assertive,â€ says Kerner. Just slow down and kiss your partner before changing positions so it doesnâ€™t seem like youâ€™re dissing their moves.