The ever elusive G-spot. Is it there? Is it real? Does it really enhance sexual pleasure? If you are already enjoying sex, does it matter? From time to time, scientists have claimed to discover or define exactly what and where the G-spot is, only to be contradicted by other scientists.
The G-spot was first identified in 1950 by Dr. Ernst Grafenberg (hence, the "G"). But, according to an article in the L.A. Times, we can trace references to a pleasure spot back to an early medical text from the third century, where it was reported that the anterior vaginal wall swelled during sexual arousal. The name "G-Spot" became popular in the early 1980s with the book The G Spot And Other Discoveries About Human Sexuality, by Beverly Whipple. This book proved the existence and explained the exact location of a patch of erectile tissue on the front wall of the vagina, which, according to the author, when stimulated, increases sexual pleasure.
Since then, there have been numerous studies, some confirming the existence and others disproving it. Because many women do not experience orgasm vaginally, but rather through direct clitoris stimulation, some scientists do not believe there is such a thing as the G-spot, and if there is, that it does not play much of a role in sexual pleasure. Other researchers and medical professionals believe that the G-spot is just one way for a woman to experience pleasure, that sexual satisfaction is not as black and white as it is with men.
The most recent research, done by Dr. Ostrzenski in Poland, claims to have discovered the G-spot after doing a post-mortem examination of an 83 year old woman. He completed a thorough examination of all the layers of tissue in the vaginal wall and uncovered a small grape-like cluster of erectile tissue which he believes is the actual G-spot. Ostrzenski accepts that he has not been able to determine exactly what type of tissue the G-spot is made up of, that it contains nerve endings which would enhance sexual pleasure or even that the spot would be in the same place in every woman. He does believe, however, that his research is a starting point for understanding the anatomy behind the G-spot.
Part of the controversy surrounding Ostrzenski's research is his claim to be able to perform plastic surgery on women's genetalia to increase sexual pleasure, called on his website "G spotplasty." This surgery was condemned by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in 2007 and there is no scientific evidence to support claims that it increases sexual pleasure.
While there are numerous studies showing the existence of the G-spot, it is not clear what role, if any, it plays in sexual pleasure. It is also clear that women do not need to stimulate the G-spot in order to have a sexually satisfying life. Beverly Whipple, author of The G Spot And Other Discoveries About Human Sexuality believes that women's pleasure comes from different sources, both physical and emotional.
Because each woman is unique and may have a different interpretation of sexual pleasure, the most important part of a satisfying sex life may be in the ability to know what you like and communicate those desires to your partner.
"Doctor Says He's Found the Actual G Spot," 2012, April 25, Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times: http://www.latimes.com/health/la-he-g-spot-20120425,0,5021807.story
"G-Spot Found! Now Maybe We Should Lose It," 2012, APril 25, Ian Kerner, CNN Health: http://thechart.blogs.cnn.com/2012/04/25/g-spot-found-now-maybe-we-should-lose-it/?hpt=hp_bn12
Whipple, Beverly, The G Spot And Other Discoveries About Human Sexuality, 1982, Dell Publications
Published On: April 26, 2012