Chronic back pain can have a tremendous impact on a person’s ability to perform daily activities; it often takes a toll on the individual’s (and partner’s) love life as well. Statistics Canada reports that 84% of men and 73% of women with lower back pain experience a notable decrease in frequency of sexual activity. It’s important for overall quality of life and for the health of relationships for partners to combat the effects of this condition in the bedroom.
Now, the researchers have released their findings for women with either flexion-intolerant or extension-intolerant back pain, adding to a growing body of research available to help couples stay active.
Best Position for Flexion-Intolerant Women
Spooning: A woman whose pain is worsened when bending forward will likely avoid exacerbating it in the spooning position. Here, the woman lies in a somewhat fetal position — how much she bends her knees is a matter of preference – with the male partner behind her.
Doggie Style: In this position, the female partner is on all fours with the man entering her from behind. The researchers note that the standard version of this position, in which the woman supports herself with her hands on the bed, floor, etc. rather than with her elbows, is best.
Missionary sex positions are the least recommended (of the five this study looked at) for flexion-intolerant women.
Best Positions for Extension-Intolerant Women
Missionary: Variations of missionary – with the woman’s hips and knees more or less flexed – were found to be best for extension-intolerant women.
Spooning and variations of doggie style are not recommended for women with this type of pain.
For many couples, this preliminary research will surely be appreciated, but there’s more to come. Researchers will look into more types of back as well as hip pain to provide more detailed recommendation to partners. Also, they will explore more positions, which will allow for more comprehensive recommendations as well as more fun and excitement in the bedroom.
Learn more about the study at www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov.