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Does the G-Spot Really Exist?

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Does the G-Spot Really Exist?

When you think of a sonogram, you probably think of some grainy, grey-and-white image of your baby’s hand waving at you, labeled with the caption “Hi Mom!” You probably don’t think about the clitoris. But a couple of French doctors do (leave it to the French).

Is There Really a G-Spot?

A study in Sexual Medicine called “The Clitoral Complex: A Dynamic Sonographic Study” mixes ultrasound, the clitoris, the G-Spot, and vaginal orgasms together into a sexy soup I couldn’t resist writing about. Whether or not the G-Spot exists remains controversial. One of the questions I answered in my upcoming book What’s Up Down There? Questions You’d Only Ask Your Gynecologist If She Was Your Best Friend is “Does the G-Spot really exist?” The answer:

According to the teacher in my Gross Anatomy lab, the answer is no. As we were dissecting the vagina, someone asked, “So where’s the G-Spot, Doc?” My teacher, in his thick Eastern European accent, said, “Zere is no G-Spot in ze human female.” Okay, good to know.

The rest of my medical training pretty much agreed with Professor Von Buzzkill. An expert in the field even told me that every part of the vagina has been examined under the microscope, and there is nothing on the anterior wall of the vagina that looks any different than the rest of the vagina. Therefore, the G-Spot does not exist. Period.

However, as is the case with much I learned in medical school, my patients tell me otherwise. Over the years, thousands of patients have sworn that there is a place felt through the anterior wall of the vagina that hits the oh-oh-oh spot – or, rather, is the spot. I believe in many things I cannot see, so I tend to believe my patients.

Hunting for data to validate their experience, I came across Dr. Beverly Whipple, who famously named the G-Spot after German OB/GYN Dr. Ernst Gräfenburg, who described a zone of erogenous feeling on the anterior wall of the vaginal canal. (A friend of hers suggested she name it the “Whipple Tickle”, but out of respect for Whipples everywhere, she vetoed this idea.)  According to Dr. Whipple, the G-Spot definitely exists. When I asked her why some in the medical community vehemently deny its existence, she seemed baffled.  She said, “I don’t know. I guess, because they can’t see it under a microscope, they think it doesn’t exist. But my career has been about validating what real women experience. And some — but not all — definitely experience pleasurable feelings when you stimulate the G-Spot area.”

Her belief runs so deep that she went on to conduct hundreds of studies aimed at validating the sexual experiences women relate. For one study in 1981, 400 female volunteers were examined. According to Dr. Whipple, a spot that empirically swells with stimulation was found in each of these women, although she admits that not all women appear to be sensitive to this type of stimulation.

So what is the G-Spot? Dr. Whipple isn’t sure. As Dr. Von Buzzkill said, no specific anatomic differences can be detected in this area. But she suspects a cluster of blood vessels, nerves, glands (including the “female prostate gland”), and part of of the clitoris may all merge to create a sensitive area that hits the spot.  She believes the female experience more than the microscope, and I tend to agree with her.

Drs. Foldes and Buisson seem to agree with Dr. Whipple, theorizing that the reason some women can have vaginal orgasms is that the anterior wall of the vagina (in the location of the famed G-Spot) overlies the root of the clitoris, where the crura (legs) come together. So perhaps the reason that nobody can find an anatomic location for the controversial G-Spot is because there’s nothing special about this part of the vagina other than it butts up against a sweet spot of the clitoris.

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Lissa Rankin

Lissa Rankin, MD is a mind-body medicine physician, founder of the Whole Health Medicine Institute training program for physicians and other health care providers, and the New York Times bestselling author of Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself.  She is on a grassroots mission to heal health care, while empowering you to heal yourself.  Lissa blogs at LissaRankin.com and also created two online communities - HealHealthCareNow.com and OwningPink.com. She is also the author of two other books, a professional artist, an amateur ski bum, and an avid hiker. Lissa lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband and daughter.

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8:47PM PDT on May 25, 2014

Many years ago, I read an article on how to locate the G Spot. I knew that I had to test this for myself at some point in the future. Soon, the opportunity presented itself, and ...[details omitted] ... Since then, when the opportunity presents itself, I always go G-spotting, and while my partner count is not very high, nobody has complained yet.

4:30AM PDT on Sep 30, 2013

So, the mystery still remains unsolved?

2:24AM PDT on Sep 25, 2013

sorry, but I will just let the 'experts' duke it out over the question. And the women lucky to have them can just go ahead and enjoy. Who cares if there is or isn't, as long as works.

5:38PM PDT on Sep 21, 2013

Lol! I've got nothing to say. Thanks for the article though.

2:34AM PDT on Sep 21, 2013

Nope!

8:26PM PDT on Sep 2, 2013

What happened to the poor animals and abused children? Thought that was what we're supposed to be caring about.

1:40AM PDT on Jul 31, 2013

I have one and I'm thankful for after all G is the first letter in god and the second is OOOOOOO I'm working on the D give me some time

9:01AM PDT on Jul 25, 2013

;)

5:07AM PDT on Jul 7, 2013

What about a mans G-spot? That little spot along the buried shaft between the anus and scrotum Just very gently caress it and see the response! It will drive him/his nuts! lol

3:58AM PDT on Jul 7, 2013

It's all personal

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