Although popular culture widely accepts and purports the existence of the G-spot, scientists cannot agree on the existence and the function of the Grafenberg spot. Some speculate that the G-spot is a small area that lies behind the pubic bone, about two inches up inside the wall of the vagina, toward the front, just behind the bladder.
The general area is thought to be in the area of the urethral sponge (the spongy tissue that surrounds the urethra). Some evidence suggests that if this area is sufficiently stimulated, women can experience “female ejaculation” and intense orgasm.
The G-spot got its name from the German gynecologist Ernest Grafenberg. Grafenberg described the G-spot as a bean shaped mass of nerves, located between 3 and 7 cm from the entrance of the vagina; although the location and density can vary from woman to woman.
A study by British scientists has found that the mysterious G-spot, the sexual pleasure zone said to be possessed by some women but denied to others, may not exist at all.
The scientists at King’s College London who carried out the study claim there is no evidence for the existence of the G-spot, supposedly a cluster of internal nerve endings outside the imagination of women influenced by magazines and sex therapists. They reached their conclusions after a survey of more than 1,800 British women.
In the research, 1,800 British women aged 23-83 answered questionnaires. All were pairs of identical or nonidentical twins. Identical twins share all their genes, while non-identical pairs share 50% of theirs. If one identical twin reported having a G-spot, this would make it far more likely that her sister would give the same answer. However, no such pattern emerged, suggesting the G-spot is a matter of the woman’s subjective opinion.
Female ejaculation is commonly referred to as squirting or gushing. Two different studies have found that 50-60% of women experience ejaculation. Chemical analysis of the female ejaculate reveals that the secretions contained properties that are commonly found in male ejaculate, such as sugars.
While 56% of women overall claimed to have a G-spot, they tended to be younger and more sexually active. Identical twins were no more likely to share the characteristic than non-identical twins.
“Women may argue that having a G-spot is due to diet or exercise, but in fact it is virtually impossible to find real traits,” said Tim Spector, professor of genetic epidemiology, who co-authored the research. “This is by far the biggest study ever carried out and it shows fairly conclusively that the idea of a G-spot is subjective.”
Whether you want to refer to the anterior wall of the vagina as the G-spot, or the female prostate, it is clear that some women derive pleasure from stimulating this area and some do not. Unfortunately, anatomical differences are often interpreted, by the pharmaceutical industry and others looking to make a buck, as dysfunctions.
While exploring this area might be fun, there is no need to get hung up on the idea that it isn’t producing explosive orgasms. In fact, studies indicate that 70 to 75 percent of women do not orgasm through vaginal intercourse.
The latest polls range from 30 to 54 percent of women who admit experiencing this phenomenon. It is thought that the G-spot stimulation is more intense in women older than thirty years because of changes in tissue structure inside the vagina allowing easier access to that point. Some experts believe that it is for this reason that women are in their thirties when they reach sexual peak.
If the G-spot does not exist, then many women have been seriously misinformed about their bodies and their sexuality. Women who fail to find their G-spot because they fail to respond to stimulation as the G-spot myth suggests they should, may end up feeling sexually inadequate or abnormal. In short, the widespread pop culture claims about the existence of the G-spot go well beyond the available scientific evidence at this time.
Source material: Hines, 2001; Zaviacic & Albin, 2000; Beverly Whipple, Wikipedia; 1982; Brie Cadman, “The Science of Sex”