Sex Position - Missionary / The Man-On-Top Position

Sexual Health Information Resource

Sexual Health Message Board

Birth ControlSexually Transmitted DiseasesGreat Sex Guide!Safe SexSex Education & Information
Real Sex Tips
This information site is a public resource for Sexual Health information, pictures, tips and facts.

Search this site

Information & Pictures on the sex position Missionary. List of the best sex positions and different styles with color photos.

You are here: Sexual Health > Great Sex Guide > Sex Positions

Missionary/Man-On-Top Position

Missionary Position

The Missionary position was named after the 19th century Christian missionaries who believed that the man on top was the only natural and proper position for intercourse. This position is the most commonly used sex position for many reasons. It is a very intimate and romantic position with a loving and caring atmosphere, giving a more heightened sensual and emotional experience to both partners. Couples can see the expressions of their partner and know that the they are being satisfied. The Missionary position requires little suppleness or flexibility, allowing the couple to remain relatively relaxed and avoid fatigue.

Missionary is an ideal position for women who liked to let their partner have control, the man can control his depth of penetration while the woman can relax and enjoy the lovemaking. Being taken like this is highly exciting for some women particularly if the man is in control and makes everything happen. This position offers full-body contact allowing a couple to kiss each other all over and exposes the woman nipples so they can be sucked or caressed which arouses many women.

A relatively quick male orgasm can be achieved if desired. For a man who fears losing control of his ejaculation he can control his thrusting and speed delaying his orgasm and prolonging the lovemaking. A woman is able to either hasten or delay both her orgasm and that of her partner through voluntary, rhythmic flexing and relaxation of the pubococcygeus muscles surrounding her vagina.

This is a great position is great for couples trying to get pregnant because penetration is very deep, especially if the woman draws her thighs right back to her chest and holds her legs behind her knees. Doing this provides the best chance of sperm being deposited deep in the vagina at the neck of the womb. If the woman also stays laying down after sex with a pillow under her hips, the sperm has the best possible chance of entering her cervix.

How it works:

In the Missionary position the woman lies on her back while her partner is on top entering between her legs. If the man is not too heavy he can lie flat on his partner and grind on her pelvis bringing stimulation to her clitoris. The man has limited use on his hands in this position but the woman can use her hands freely to caress the man or stimulate her clitoris.

The depth of penetration can be changed in the Missionary by the woman drawing her legs up towards her chest at various heights; wrapping her legs around him resting on the back of his upper shins or thighs, around his buttocks or back, or over his shoulders. By altering the angle of her thighs to her tummy, the woman can change the degree of penetration and find the right angle to give her the best sensations while the man can stays in the same position. When positioned like this the man can stimulate the woman's cervix with the tip of his penis while the she can contract and relaxing her pelvic muscles bring sensations to the man which can be extremely exciting for him.

There are some variations that can be done with the Missionary position:

  • the woman can raise her legs high straight up resting them on her partners shoulder, this is referred to as the the 'butterfly' sex position and allows very deep penetration.

  • a nice teasing stimulation is for the man to kneel and raise his partners buttocks onto the lower part of his thigh and the woman crosses her ankles behind his back as he penetrates her.

  • for the couple that enjoys deep thrusting during sex the woman can lay back over an edge of a bed with legs open while her partner leans forward penetrating her, resting most his weight on his arms.

  • to stimulate some usually untouched parts of the woman's pelvic organs the woman should lie on her side and raise her leg up while her partner cuddles into the front of her body and penetrates her on a angle.

  • by pulling one of the woman's leg back to her chest the man can penetrate her reaching her pelvis and stimulating her ovaries. This can be tender for some women so care should be taken.
Some disadvantages to The Missionary position can be:
  • manual stimulation of clitoris can be quite hard for the partner

  • the man having most control leaving the woman to be submissive is not enjoyable for some women

  • this position can be bad for men with premature ejaculation as it sometime produces a quick male orgasm

  • the weight of the man can be uncomfortable for the woman, to reduce this the man can support himself on his arms and knees which can become tiring for him

Variations of Missionary positions

The Plough

The Plough

The G-spot Revolver

G-Spot Revolver G-Spot Revolver

The Arch

The Arch The Arch



Vertical Missionary

Vertical Missionary

The Butterfly

The Butterfly

Jumping Frog

Jumping Frog

Chain Lifts

Chain Lifts

The Cross

The Cross

Back to the list of different positions


Relevant Links
Top Sex Guides Reviewed
Pleasure Toys
New Sex Positions
Sex Life Changing Articles
Tantric Love Making
Buy a link here!
Top Selling Adult's Toys
(1) Rabbit Vibrator
(as seen on Sex and the City)
(2) Anal Toys (beads, plugs)
(3) Brown Sugar Cock
(4) Realistics (for men)
(5) Spank Me Kit
(6) Sex Sling
(7) Vibrating Couple's Enhancer

Latest DVDs and Videos

O The Power of Submission
Lady Scarface
43 Erotic Fantasies
131 Chicks In 4 Hours
Kama Sutra DVD
Other DVD catergories:
Exclusively Black and Naughty
Streaming Video - ON DEMAND
Adult Movie Club
Great Websites
Positive Singles! STD Dating
Herpes Blog
Herpes Support Forum
Meet People with Herpes
Herpes & Cold Sores:
Genital Warts (HPV):
Buy Condylox
Heal Warts
High Cholesterol:
Hair Loss:
Erection Drugs:
Birth Control Pills:
Othro Evra
Ortho TriCyclen
Ortho TriCyclen Lo
Sex Manuals (how-to-giudes)
Perform better in BED!
Guide to Oral Sex
Oral Sex Guide (For Him)
A Hands-on Guide (For Her)
Guide To Female Ejaculation
Natural Health
Ear Candles
Global Herbal Supplies
Immune Booster
Natural Beauty
Natural Stimulant
This Sexual Health Facts & Information site is brought to you in the interest of Minimizing the Risks of Disease, providing Information about STD Transmission, Prevention and Safe Sex Practices, as well as Information about Pregnancy, Birth Control and Sexual Relationships.

Sponsored Advertisement:

Learn about Natural Herpes Treatments that work

Search the Sexual Health Resource

Home || Safe Sex || STDs || Contraception || Sex Tips || Sexual Dysfunction || Support Centers || Sex & Pregnancy || More....

Information on a new Herpes Treatment that eliminates the virus.

Information and pictures on this site are provided for informational purposes and are not meant to substitute for the advice provided by your own physician or other medical professionals. You should not use the information contained herein for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, or prescribing any medication. If you have or suspect that you have a medical problem, promptly contact your health care provider.

Copyright© 1997 - 2008 Sexually Transmitted Disease Resource
All Rights Reserved
Use of content expressly prohibited