Dear Dr. G,
I really would like to take this opportunity to really put Dr. G on the spot for the exact matter of this mysterious erogenous zone in women.
What exactly is the G spot? Where exactly is it located? What studies have been done on the existence of the G spot?
Is the G spot stimulation the same thing as clitoris? And what scientific evidence is there to support the existence?
Lastly, I am really curious in finding out whether there is a way to be sure I can really find it?
The scientific quest for an erotic zone in the vagina already began in the 17th century. A Dutch Physician Regnier de Graaf noted the erogenous zone in the vagina having the ability to heighten sexual pleasure resulting in "ejaculation" as compared to the male counterpart of prostate.
It was not until the 1940's, when the German gynaecologist Ernst Grafenberg did further research for urethral stimulation in women.
Dr Grafenberg reported: "An erotic zone always could be demonstrated on the anterior wall of the vagina along the course of the urethra".
The finding of the erogenous zone was disputed and his interest remained dormant for four decades. The intense interests of the mysterious zone resurface in 1981, and the term "G" Spot was first coined by Addiego naming after Grafenberg.
Ernst Grafenberg, was in fact a renowned gynaecologist, who was famous in developing the cancer spreading theory (Grafenberg theory) and the first Inter Uterine Device (IUD) for contraception (Grafenberg ring). I am sure he would not have imagined his legacy to be forever secured, when the name "G" is dedicated to the most illusive spot for sexual stimulation in women.
Embryologically, the G spot is believed to be the female remnant of prostate, also called the Skene gland. The location is known to be "an erogenous area within the vagina, when stimulated will generate intense sexual arousal response. Such response also resulted in intense contraction of the vagina muscles, leading to powerful climax with the potential of female ejaculation." Sounds far fetch? In reality, the very existence of the G spot is indeed a hotly debated subject amongst experts and sexologists.
The location of the G spot is typically reported as being 5 to 8 cm inside the vaginal opening, on the front wall, behind the urethra. The region is distinctively different from the clitoris, which is a visible button-like portion of the upper junction of the inner lips of the vagina. In the male equivalent, the G spot is usually compared to the prostate and the clitoris is paired with the glans penis. Similarly in men and women, both organs reportedly respond differently during sexual stimulations. The direct tactile stimulation of the clitoris is often possible, but the G spot stimulation is often achievable with sexual penetrations. Many postulated G spot is an extension of the clitoris and this is the same orgasm experienced by women during intercourse.
A 2017 study concluded that G spot isn't actually a distinct part of the anatomy but part of the clitoral network, instead of being its own separate entity in the vagina. In other words, it was postulated when the G spot is stimulated, it leads to a heightened intensity of orgasm, and often ended with female ejaculation. Perhaps this is the reasons why the G spot can vary from woman to woman, and difficult to locate.
The existence of G spot has undergone the scrutiny of science in the past few decades. Numerous investigations including Vaginal Biopsy, Biochemical analysis of the secretion, Autopsy Studies, Twins comparisons, MRI imaging and Ultrasound localisation had been carried out and no conclusive evidence of its exact existence had been agreed upon.
Albert Einstein famously said: "I have no special talent. I am just passionately curious." The public media would lead us to believe the G spot is a well-characterised "switch" that is capable of providing women with extreme sexual pleasure and stimulation.
Although the anecdotal reports have been convincing, the scientific data to date has not been successful in locating the exact spot.
Dr. G is often put on the spot on his personal experience in the search for the infamous G spot. His response is the Quest for the G spot itself is a lot more rewarding as it allows couples to explore the likes and dislikes in the bedroom. This truly will open up a journey of curious exploration leading to lasting loving relationships. After all, when it comes to sex, there is no need for special talent. One just needs to be curiously passionate!
Dr George Lee is a consultant Urologist and Clinical Associate Professor whose professional interest is in men’s health. The column “Ask Dr G” is a forum to help men debunk the myths and taboos on men’s issues that may be too “hard” to mention. You can send him questions at email@example.com