What is a Sex Pillow?

Medically Reviewed by Gabriela Pichardo, MD on July 02, 2023
3 min read

A sex pillow is a firm angled “pillow” that comes in a variety of shapes and sizes. Sex pillows help you try new sex positions and angles comfortably. They’re firm, and angled and come in a variety of sizes. They can help with  deeper penetration and that may make for a more satisfying, comfortable sexual experience. 

There are many options to choose from. Common types of sex pillows include:

  1. Wedge Pillow: This is a small, triangle-shaped sex pillow. It can help with sexual positions that put a strain on your hands and knees. Among the things you can use it for: raising your hips, raising your knees and thighs, having a padded space for your arms and legs. 
  2. Sex Ramp: A sex ramp is a sloping surface that gives broad support for your back. Sex ramps can be paired with a wedge pillow to make some sex positions more accessible.
  3. Sex Mount: These pillows are usually firm and shaped like a body pillow. Sex mount pillows often have a place for you to mount a sex toy so you can be hands-free.  

Unlike regular pillows or couch cushions, sex pillows are specifically designed to help with different sexual positions. They give you a firmer, more stable base to work with. That can take pressure off painful joints and puts your body in a better angle for deeper penetration.  This can enhance your favorite positions or help you try new ones. They’re also easier to clean, as most of them are machine washable.

Both a sex wedge and ramp are sex pillows. But, they help with different things in the bedroom. However, both the wedge and the ramp can be used together. 

Sex Ramp

Ramps are bigger and support the upper torso and back. They are meant to elevate and support your back to improve the positioning for certain sex positions.

Sex Wedge

Wedges are smaller and designed to support specific areas, like elevating your hips. Sex wedges are triangular in shape, with one end being larger and it gradually angles down. When using a sex wedge, you will normally put it under your hips, with the smaller part going under your back. The wedge helps you get into more comfortable angles for certain sex positions.

When looking for a sex pillow, it’s important to think about how firm you want it to be, if you want a small or large angle. Consider what positions, comfort, or pleasure you want your sex pillow to help you achieve.

Sex pillows are easy to use and experiment with. You can use sex pillows by themselves or you can add toys to enhance the experience. Some sex pillows have a vibration function.

Talking to Your Partner About Trying Sex Pillows

If you’re interested in introducing sex toys into your relationship, the sex pillow is a great place to start.

Using a sex pillow can help you and your partner try new positions. You can also use one by yourself.

Keeping your sex pillow clean is very important, especially if you are using them with one or more partners. Most sex pillows have a removable cover that you can take off and throw in the washing machine.

Washing your sex pillow will reduce the spread of potential sexually transmitted infections (STIs). There are plenty of pillow options out there, so you can browse and make sure to find machine-washable pillows.