MSP (Potentially) Great Sex Position of the Week: Coital Alignment Technique

If you’ve never heard of the Coital Alignment Technique (CAT) technique, today is your lucky day. Mark it on your calendar and treat yourself to a glass of champagne on this day, every year, for the rest of your life. Or at least as long as you’re still enjoying CAT.

In many ways, CAT is a simple technique. Then again, many of life’s most succulent pleasures lie in simplicity (think: a perfect red or a warm bath in the evening). CAT is like those – only it ups your potential of having an orgasm.

Basically, CAT is a modified version of missionary that goes like this: Women lie on their backs, as usual, in missionary, but with their knees bent at about 45 degree angles (or less). Their lovely pleasure-hunting male partners are on top but instead of his shoulders matching the women’s shoulders, his should be pushed forward – above and past her shoulders (see a Diagram here). 

CAT is more about grinding than thrusting; it positions partners’ bodies in ways that get the guy’s pelvic bone focused on a woman’s clitoral area which, as you might guess, spells Y-U-M. It also allows for closeness, kissing and whispered words of love (or dirty words of lust). Whatever floats your boat. Try it and let me know what you think.

To learn more detailed information about the Coital Alignment Technique (as well as a few other amazing modifications to sex positions such as the hip tilt move, woman on top squatting, and how to use sex toys with a partner to make it easier for women to orgasm) check out my fun new book Because It Feels Good: A Woman’s Guide to Sexual Pleasure and Satisfaction (save money by pre-ordering your copy on Amazon).

Related MSP Posts:
- How to have sex in the shower: Five tips (Click HERE to read)
- Playing with Men’s Testicles: Fun Sex Games (Click HERE to read)
- Multiple Orgasms for Women and Men: What You MUST Know (Click HERE to read)

[Originally posted in my weekly column on]

About Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick is a sex researcher at Indiana University, sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute, columnist, and author of five books about sex and love. Learn more about her work at