The “G Spot”

We mentioned the “g spot” a few entries back and it clearly begged more attention. So, what IS the g spot? Why is it called the g spot? What can the g spot do? What can’t it do? Does everyone have a g spot? Let’s try to get some answers to these questions.

The “g spot” is named after a German-born, American-practicing gynecologist named Ernst Gräfenberg who hypothesized between 1944 and 1950 that such a spot existed. He described it as “an erotic zone [in the vagina] that would swell during sexual stimulation.” The g spot is supposed to be a cluster of nerve endings that lend themselves to a heightened response to stimulation. The g spot is presumed to be located centrally on the front wall of the vagina (directly adjacent to the bladder). Stimulation of the g-spot is purported to intensify orgasms and promote instances of female ejaculation.

Of course, many gynecologists and researchers (and many average women!) argue against the existence of a “g spot.”  Among those who support the idea of a g spot, reasons vary as to its purpose and origin.  Proponents argue that the g spot is describable besides its ability to induce pleasure; it is a small patch (varying in size) that is rough, like a walnut, unlike the rest of the smooth vagina.  One prominent argument for the g spot purports that the tissue that makes up the g spot is the female homologue of the prostate.  This “female prostate,” also called Skene’s gland, is supposedly responsible for female ejaculation.  Another argument maintains that the g spot is simply an extension of the network of nerves extending from the clitoris, being part of the “anterior wall erogenous complex.”  Thus, stimulation of the g spot is just stimulation of the clitoris.  Finally, a third argument suggests that the g spot is actually an evolutionary tool that helps women cope with the pain of childbirth.  Research has shown that stimulation of the g spot increases pain tolerance by 47%.  This amount goes up when aroused and more than doubles during orgasm–though the chances of being sexually aroused or orgasm during childbirth are slim to none, I daresay.

So, how many women actually have g spots?  No on really seems to know.  Virtually every study that has been done on the subject has been disputed for some reason or another.  Most studies have been limited to very small numbers of women, thus not giving an accurate cross-section of the general population.  Also, many researchers base their findings on the study of an individual woman, not women.  Thus, g spot studies are usually criticized for relying too heavily on anecdotal evidence.  So while it is unclear what percentage of women have a g spot, it is very clear that not all women have one–even by the “walnut” definition.  Even among women who report having a g spot, not all women report the same benefits.  Indeed, numerous women who say they do have an area of increased sensation on the anterior vaginal wall note that it is unpleasant and that too much stimulation is painful.

The debate over the g spot, or perhaps lack thereof, is not likely to be settled any time soon.  Much more research needs to be done to say anything conclusively about this phenomenon.  So, do you have anything to add or a question to ask?  Go for it.

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