9 Things You Didn't Know About Doggy-Style Sex

It's not just a Snoop Dogg album.

1. It's a great way to hit the G-spot. Doggy-style sex is perfect for deep penetration that will hit the G-spot, so it's great for women who like it deep and basically any guy ever. And although manuals as old as the Kama Sutra and even relatively recent guides recommend it, some studies do dispute the idea of a g-spot. Still, it's a great way to achieve deep penetration regardless.

2. It's part of a bigger family of "rear entry" sex positions. Doggy style isn't the only way to have sex from behind; doggy style is part of the "rear entry" group of sex positions that range from downward dog (yes, like the yoga position) and froggy to reverse cowgirl. So if you find the "standard" doggy style too uncomfortable, you've got plenty of options: use a pillow under your stomach or even brace yourself against a chair.

3. It's really, really old. You think Snoop Dogg was the first person to reference the sex position in 1992? No way. Ancient Greeks and Romans have artwork and literature referencing the sex position; Roman philosopher Lucretius even recommended it for couples trying to conceive (please note that this has no actual scientific basis).

4. Lots of songs reference the sex position. Lots. According to Genius, there are over 1,600 songs that address the topic, at least in passing. "P.I.M.P." by 50 cent, "The Bad Touch" by The Bloodhound Gang, and "Back That Thing Up" by Justin Moore (which is a country song about doggy-style sex in a barn, and it's just as good as it sounds).

5. It's called "doggy style" but plenty of other animals mate that way ... including horsescamels, giraffes, and elephants.

6. ... and tons of animals don't. Whales, dolphins, and spiders forsake the position. And primates like chimpanzees don't use it exclusively.

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7. It's not just for vaginal sex. Feel free to engage in anal sex and cunnilingus while you're back there. "Doggy style" can refer to any of those things, not just sex from behind.

8. If you've tried anal sex, you're actually in the minority. According to a study by the National Survey of Family Growth, only 44 percent of men and 36 percent of women have tried it at least once. Congratulations if you're in that club.

9. It's a favorite for a lot of guys. According to a Women's Health poll, men list it as their favorite sex position, trumping old standbys like missionary.

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This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.

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