Once Again, Science Has Difficulty Finding the G-spot

One of the seemingly endless discussions debates in the world of sex research and education is whether the G-spot exists and what it is. Scientists have been going back and forth on this one for a while, with inconclusive results.

Here’s one thing we know. A lot of people have a portion of the vaginal wall that’s sensitive to stimulation, especially firm stroking, pressure, or strong vibration. It’s a couple of inches inside the vagina, on the front wall. If you insert a finger and curl it towards the navel, you’ll probably find it. This spot often engorges during arousal, so if someone isn’t turned on, it’s much less likely that you’ll find it. (Plus, it’s often much less sensitive when they aren’t aroused.) This spot has been called the G-spot, after Ernst Grafenberg, a medical doctor who researched it. Grafenberg also helped develop the first IUD that we have records of.

Here’s another thing we know. Some people experience G-spot ejaculation when  their G-spots are stimulated. (I’ve started calling it  “G-spot ejaculation” rather than the more common “female ejaculation” since some transgender men also experience this.) The urethra is surrounded by glandular tissue that has several names: Skene’s gland, the urethral sponge, the paraurethral gland, and the female prostate. G-spot ejaculate has been tested and it contained components similar to or the same as prostatic fluid and no urine.

However, it’s still not clear whether the glandular tissue and the sexually sensitive tissue are the same. So I’m not surprised to find out that a literature review of 60 years of research has concluded that the G-spot doesn’t exist, at least not in the way that a lot of people think.

I don’t find this a shock because there has already been research that suggests that what most people think of as the G-spot might actually be the back portion of the clitoris. As you may know, the clitoris extends further into the body than was previously realized. It’s shaped sort of like a wishbone and the legs surround the wall of the vagina. There seems to be some variation in the size and exact location of the clitoral legs, which might be one reason that some folks can orgasm from vaginal stimulation without direct (external) clitoral contact. They might be getting their internal clitorises stimulated! In any case, the research suggests that the sexually sensitive spot might be the place where the two legs of the clitoris come together.

As far as I’m concerned, I don’t think it really matters if there’s a separate organ or not. Well, actually, my sex geek side finds the research fascinating and thinks that the ongoing debates are a bit tedious. But my sex educator side doesn’t care. What that part of me is interested in is whether people are having the best sex and the best pleasure they can. And from that perspective, it doesn’t really matter whether you’re stroking a gland, the internal clitoris, or something else.

So if you’re interested in exploring the G-spot or you want to try some new ways to pleasure it, check out our how-to articles. You might also enjoy our how-to movie GUSH: The Official Guide to the G-Spot & Female Ejaculation, or some of the many other guides that you can find here. Of course, we have lots of fun G-spot vibrators and dildos. And if you do want to try G-spot ejaculation, the Liberator Fascinator Throes will keep your sheets clean. 😉

Dr. Charlie Glickman

Charlie Glickman is the Education Program Manager at Good Vibrations. He also writes, blogs, teaches workshops and university courses, presents at conferences, and trains sexuality educators. He’s certified by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, and loves geeking out about sex, relationships, sex-positivity, love and shame, communities of erotic affiliation, and sexual practices and techniques of all varieties. Follow him online, on Twitter at @charlieglickman, or on Facebook.

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