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5 Sex Pillows for Relieving Discomfort During Intimacy


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Contrary to popular belief, your sex life doesn’t end the moment you turn 50. (Or 60. Or even 70!). In fact, in a 2017 poll on healthy aging by the University of Michigan, 76 percent of participants between the ages of 65 to 80 agreed that sex is an important part of a romantic relationship at any age. What’s more, 54 percent of couples in that age bracket said they were still having regular intercourse.

Unfortunately, our bodies don’t always cooperate with our sexual desires. Whether it’s due to arthritis, a bad back, or something else entirely, sex can sometimes be uncomfortable, taking the joy out of an experience that’s meant to bring only pleasure. Luckily, there’s something out there called a sex pillow that can help significantly.

What is a sex pillow?

First thing’s first: What the heck IS a sex pillow? A sex pillow is a specially-designed, firmer-than-average pillow that you can use during intercourse to increase your comfort and help you to get into positions you might not otherwise be able to.

Benefits of Sex Pillows

We know what you’re thinking: Why can’t I just use a regular old pillow to prop myself up or get some much-needed padding? According to sex educator Ashley Manta, who spoke to Refinery 29 about the issue in 2018, “Pillows are meant to cushion your head, and even if you have a memory foam pillow, they tend to be squishy. They’re not meant to hold your body in place.”

Sex pillows, on the other hand, provide a firmer, more stable base for you to move about. The cushioning they offer also works to take the pressure off body parts that may be afflicted by arthritis or painful joints, such as your hips, knees, back, or wrists.

What’s more, these pillows can increase your pleasure by lifting your hips up, arching your back, or boosting your tush for a more desirable angle when you’re doing the deed.

Ready to try one out for yourself? Keep scrolling to check out Woman’s World’s picks for the best sex pillows to increase your comfort — and your pleasure.

1. Best Sex Pillow Cushion


Dream Comfort Lover’s Cushion

Where to buy: $41.70, Amazon

If you’ve got bad knees, a painful tailbone, or achy hips, the cushioning provided by this slanted, ergonomically-designed pillow will be a Godsend. Designed by gynecologists in Europe, this cushion increases muscle comfort as it simultaneously lifts the hips for an optimized sexual angle.

2. Best Sex Wedge Pillow


Dame Sex Pillow

Where to buy: $95, Goop

You may be familiar with using a wedge pillow for relief from snoring and acid reflux, but as it turns out, it’s plenty beneficial in the love-making department as well. In addition to the unrivaled support it can give those with back pain, this pillow shape will enable you to hit ideal angles in the bedroom. We like this Dame option (which has a machine washable cover) for its discreetness, as it will fool an unsuspecting onlooker into thinking it’s a run-of-the-mill throw pillow.

Best Body Pillow for Sex


Liberator Wedge/Ramp Combo

Where to buy: $196.23 (Originally $235), Amazon

As one of the most well-known and trusted brands behind the sex pillow craze, Liberator offers a wide range of bedding and furniture designed to enhance your sex life, including its most popular wedge and ramp combo pillow. Allowing for more stable positioning during missionary and from-behind positions and relaxing pressure points on your knees, wrists, and back, its pieces can be used together (the microfiber covers stick together to prevent them from slipping) or separately for a two-in-one pleasure punch. What’s more, it features a moisture-resistant liner and machine washable covers that have helped to earn it a 4.5-star rating on Amazon.

One shopper testified to its ability to breathe new life into her relationship, writing, “My husband … has many aches and pains and joints that hurt, and bones that creak and crack. When you get over 40, things start aching and hurting that you never realized! … The beauty of these two foam pillows is that it allows my body to stay where it should, instead of [sliding] all over the bed, and him to get more traction without putting extra force on his joints. The angles that it will give a female’s body is amazing, and you will find many new positions.”

4. Best Inflatable Sex Pillow

Adam & Eve

Adam & Eve Inflatable Position Pillow

Where to buy: $29.95, Adam & Eve

For an affordable and portable way to take the stress and strain off areas such as your back, arms, and legs, give this Adam & Eve inflatable position pillow a go. It offers up the same wedge slant as a non-inflatable fixture, with the added benefit of easy, unobtrusive storage after use. Gripping handles at the sides will help you keep it in place, while its velvety-smooth finish won’t chafe or rub. No wonder it’s such a best-seller!

Wrote one fan: “My husband loves it. He has problems with his back because of an old injury. The position pillow takes the stress off of his back and allows for a more pleasurable experience during intercourse.”

5. Best Vibrating Sex Pillow


Liberator Pulse Pillow

Where to buy: $80, Amazon

Sex pillows aren’t just for couples! This uniquely-shaped option from Liberator, which has a carved-out seat for straddling and is meant to simulate the natural rocking motion of sex, can be used solo or with a personal device — there are even several handy pockets to store them! Flip it over, and you’ve got the perfect support system for your hips during sex.

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