Sexual Positioning

Sexual Positioning Following Lumbar Spine Surgery

Missionary Position – This position is generally comfortable for either person with lumbar spine surgery. If the woman has had surgery, a small pillow can be put under the low back to relieve stress. Pillows can also be used under the knees.

Face-To-Face Position – The person with lumbar spine surgery is on the bottom and can recline on pillows propped behind the back. Knees can be bent with pillows underneath for comfort.


Kneeling Position – This position can be used for either a male or female with lumbar spine surgery. If the woman has had surgery, she can lie on her back with her buttocks near the edge of the bed, while her partner kneels in front of her. A pillow can be placed under the low back to relieve stress. Her feet must be firmly planted on the floor. She should avoid arching her back, keeping it level with the bed.

Side Lying Positions – In the spoon position, the female with lumbar spine surgery can use pillows to support the upper leg. The male with lumbar spine surgery can drape the upper leg over their partner, taking care not to twist the spine.


Other Side Lying Positions – The partners can also face each other. The person with lumbar spine surgery can drape their upper leg over their partner’s legs, taking care not to twist the spine.

Other Side Lying Positions – This position can be used for a female with lumbar spine surgery. With her partner on his side, she can lie on her back and drape both legs over his body, taking care not to twist her spine.


Standing Position – This position works for either a male or female with lumbar spine surgery. If the female has undergone surgery, she should lean on something firm and stay fairly upright to avoid excessive bending or twisting of the spine. If the male has undergone spine surgery, he should also avoid excessive bending or twisting motions.


Following lumbar spine surgery, safe resumption of sexual relations can be satisfying and fulfilling. Attention to proper positioning and comfort will enhance the return to intimacy.