The existence of a woman’s G-spot – an area that, when stimulated, is thought to lead to intense sexual pleasure – is a long-debated topic in sexual medicine. While some scientists claim to have found it, others are skeptical. One team of researchers has called it a “gynecological UFO.”
The G-spot is said to be located inside the vagina, on the front vaginal wall, about a third to halfway up.
The G-spot is named for Dr. Ernst Grafenberg, who first described it in 1950. Since then, anatomical studies have been conducted, looking for its exact location and anatomical characteristics.
In 2012, Dr. Adam Ostrzenski of the Institute of Gynecology in St. Petersburg, Russia claimed to have found the G-spot in the cadaver of an 83-year-old woman. He described it as a sac that looked like a cluster of grapes. However, critics noted that his work was based on just one woman, whose sexual history was unknown. It was also unclear what specific purpose the tissue had.
Some experts believe that there is more to the proposed G-spot than a single area. In 2014, Dr. Emmanuele Jannini and colleagues discussed the clitourethrovaginal (CUV) complex, which involves the anterior vaginal wall (on the front side of the body), the urethra (the tube that urine passes through on its way out of the body), and the clitoris (an organ that sparks sexual pleasure for many women).
The researchers explained that past imaging studies had shown what happens in the genitals when a woman has an orgasm. “No single structure consistent with a distinct G-spot has been identified,” they wrote, but it’s possible that genital organs might work together to trigger orgasm when a woman is stimulated in a certain way.
Some women find that stimulation of this area does lead to exceptional orgasms. But some are unable to find this type of pleasure spot and wonder if something is wrong.
Ultimately, couples should remember that there are many paths to sexual pleasure, and enjoying intimacy is about much more than stimulating one particular anatomical spot. Good sex can involve a variety of sensations around the body, from touch and taste to sight, smell, and sound. Couples are encouraged to take their time in the bedroom and discover what works best for them.
“Gräfenberg Spot: Fact or Fiction”
(October 27, 2014)
The Journal of Sexual Medicine
Jannini, Emmanuele A., MD, et al.
“Who’s Afraid of the G-spot?”
(Full-text. January 2010)
Nature Reviews Urology
Jannini, Emmanuele A.
“Beyond the G-spot: clitourethrovaginal complex anatomy in female orgasm”
(Abstract. Published: August 12, 2014)
“G-Spot ‘Discovery’ Doesn’t Please Everyone”
(June 11, 2012)