As a sufferer of chronic pain and also clearly someone who loves sex, finding positions that reduce inflammation and provide support to sore joints have been a big part of my life for the last few years.
As part of this guide, I spoke to leading sexual health experts, doctors and sex therapists to outline, definitely, what the best (and safest) sex positions are for anyone suffering from arthritis or more broader joint pain.
The Best Sex Positions For Arthritis and Joint Pain (according to experts)
Face Down Bottoms Up
I recommend this position because it takes pressure off the receiver. The bottom partner hugs themselves with their forearms or hands and faces the wall. Then, the giver gets in from behind. The position enables the receiving partner to put less stress on the pelvic region and shoulders. Additionally, the giver can provide extra support to the receiver.
Both partners will have an easy time when either thrusting or using toys. Suppose the two have different heights, the shorter one can stand on a stable raised surface for more convenience.
Barbara Santini, Psychologist, Sex Therapist and Relationship Adviser at dimepiecela.com
Bed Support (seated)
Will these sex positions help to reduce pain e.g. joint pain, knee pain or general inflammation?
These positions are not to be used as a means of treating particularly bad inflammation occurrences, rather they are to be used to not actively increase inflammation in relation to other sex positions.
Is the weight of a straddling or ‘top’ position bad for joints? Could this lead to a flare-up?
Generally, you’re going to want to opt for positions that reduce joint stress as much as possible. Any top positions which are not supported will cause greater joint stress than those which are not supported. We’ve provided supported alternatives to more common positions in this guide so that you can aim for a safer alternative to your favorite position.
Should I ride on top if I have arthritis in my knees?
Based on the expert feedback in this guide and my own experiences with poor knee health, a supported option is recommended in lieu of complete weight compression. Opting for a ‘standard’ riding position can lead to greater stress on your knees if they’re already inflamed.
Can I get on top if I have upper body joint pain e.g. neck and shoulders?
You can, but again you need to explore the alternatives in this guide and do your own research in terms of what will work for you. It’s imperative that you listen to your body, and that you do not force-through any pain. Please also ensure you speak to your doctor if you have any concerns whatsoever, or if either supported or non-supported sex positions lead to a greater increase in pain.
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