19/02/2016 11:27 PM AEDT | Updated 28/09/2018 6:44 AM AEST

The 3 Very Best Sex Positions For Older Lovers

You can't enjoy yourself if you throw out your back or if that old knee injury flares up.

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Let's dispense with the old-people-have-sex jokes, shall we? As the STD rate clearly indicates, people 60 and older are indeed having sex -- and plenty of it. But are they having the "right" kind of "safe" sex? And by right and safe, we mean sex that won't throw out their backs or hurt their knees -- two very vulnerable areas. 

Dr. Pepper Schwartz, AARP's Love, Sex and Relationship Ambassador and author of 22 books, said that as boomers age, backs and knees can get a bit creaky. "Pain can be a real downer if you are trying to make love without distraction -- much less discomfort," she said. It just makes sense to favor positions that will help you feel as comfortable as possible. She suggests these three:  

1. Spooning

Spooning is best-known as the cuddle position and for many, it's more of a go-to position post-coitally -- during which both parties fall asleep. Schwartz suggests making it the main attraction. For maximum effect, the male cuddles up to the female's back. She can either just press back against him and he can penetrate her from behind or lift a leg and he can enter from an angle. It's doggie style, but with no pressure on knees.

"This is a great position for backs and even larger tummies," said Schwartz.

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Spooning, the traditional post-sex cuddle position, should be considered for the main act, says this expert.

2. Backs.

With both partners lying on their backs, the female throws one leg over the male's body and picks an angle that allows entry.

"Very comfortable," notes Schwartz.

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No, no! One leg over his.

3. Chair position.

In the chair position, the male sits down and the woman faces him, sitting on his lap. One important note: The chair needs to be low enough to the ground that the woman can touch the ground with her feet to steady herself.

"This one is really kind on the back," Schwartz said. 

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Notice how she is balancing herself with her feet both firmly on the ground? Next time, just add a partner.

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