Sexual Positioning

Sexual Positioning Following Total Knee Replacement

Missionary Position – This is generally a comfortable position for a female with a new knee. The female assumes the bottom position. She can keep her legs straight or bend her knees slightly with her feet on the bed. Pillows can be used to support the legs.

Face-To-Face Position – This position can be used for either a male or female. The person with the new knee should assume the bottom position and can recline on pillows propped behind the back. Knees can be straight or bent slightly with feet on the bed.


 

Edge-of-Bed Position – This position can be used for a female. The female with a new knee lies on her back with her buttocks near the edge of the bed and feet resting on the floor.

Side Lying Positions – These positions can be used for either a male or female. In the spoon position, the person with a new knee might prefer to lie with the operated leg on top. Pillows can be used to support the leg.


 

Other Side Lying Positions – These positions can be used for a male or female with a new knee. With the male on his side, the woman with a new knee can lie on her back and drape both legs over his body. The male with a new knee might feel more comfortable with his operative leg on top when lying on his side.

Other Side Lying Positions – The partners can also face each other. The person with a new knee can lie with it positioned on top. The operated leg can also be draped over the partner’s leg or pillows can be used to support it.


 

Standing Position – This position works for either a male or female. If the female has the new knee, she should lean on something firm. For either partner, the knee should be healed enough to support standing.


 

Following total knee replacement, safe resumption of sexual relations can be satisfying and fulfilling.  Attention to proper positioning and comfort will enhance the return to intimacy.