How to have sex when you’re forking freezing

Turn the ice capades into sexcapades

Here we are yet again, staring down the cold, gray barrel of January and all that it brings with it (a constant runny nose, despair, the sudden urge to become a traveling salesperson just so you can get the hell out of here). Sure, winter can be super sexy if you have a working fireplace and some kind of faux bearskin rug, but for those of us in old, drafty houses or poorly heated apartment buildings, we’re going to need to get creative. Lucky for you, we did the hard part and came up with six ways to literally heat yourself up so you can figuratively heat things up:

1. Keep your socks on, this isn’t a beauty pageant

Laugh all you want, there’s nothing more distracting than frozen tootsies. Plus, did you know that some research actually suggests that if you wear socks during sex, you’re more likely to orgasm? However, please don’t wear your gym socks unless your partner has a pungent odor fetish.

2. Get under the covers, this isn’t a Victoria’s Secret runway show

Save prancing around in sexy lingerie for your beach vacation. Now is the time for burrowing underneath thick, thick blankets and gigantic fluffy duvets. This is controversial, but skip the top sheet or slide a blanket underneath it if you want to avoid the freezing cold sheet-on-skin effect. Not sure how sheets get colder than the air in the room, but they do!

3. Be like Winnie the Pooh

Once again Winnie teaches us everything we need to know about life and love. All tops, no bottoms, proud as heck. Just add the aforementioned socks and you’re golden.

4. Fuel up on hot chocolate in advance

Or some warming whiskey, if that’s your thing, just don’t drink so much that you get whiskey clit or, you know, forget to use a condom.

5. Wear gloves

You could go one of two ways with this. A luxurious cashmere glove caressing your partner’s body could be very nice for them. Or go the opposite direction and don a pair of vampire gloves for the one-two punch of warmth plus sensation play.

6. Go missionary

Or really any position that keeps your bodies as close together as possible and minimizes the potential for icy breezes.

Written by Lauren Kernan, MA

Lauren Kernan is the Director of Content and UX Strategy for Bedsider and Abortion Finder. In her spare time, she can be found sewing or starting and giving up on various other crafts.