Few anatomical structures are as controversial and hotly debated as the female G-spot. While some women swear by G-spot orgasms, many others have never experienced one. The scientific community is equally divided on the issue, further complicating matters for ladies who are curious about this elusive erogenous zone.
Given our dedication to sexual pleasure in all its forms, we consulted the experts to shed some light on the enigma that is the female G-spot. With their help we have created the ultimate guide to the G-spot. From locating the G-spot to the best techniques for G-spot stimulation, we’ve got the low-down on everything you need to know.
But before we dive in, we think it’s important to start with a little background information. To understand the mystery surrounding the female G-spot, it helps to understand the history of the other female pleasure center -- the clitoris.
So you’re probably wondering, if women have had a G-spot all this time, how is there so much confusion as to exactly what and where it is? The answer is complicated and rooted in the fact that there is still significant debate in the scientific community as to whether or not the female G-spot even exists -- really.
If the fact that more than 45 years after the moon landing we still don’t have a definitive answer on the structure of female sexual anatomy is baffling/frustrating to you, you’re not alone. Women in the scientific community have long bemoaned that fact that the female anatomy has been woefully misrepresented and under-studied. In fact, the full structure of the clitoris wasn’t even documented and fully understood until 1998 -- and due to a lack of comprehensive sexual education, many women still aren’t familiar with the particulars.
So how did this happen? The answer is, again, complicated. Throughout history, human sexuality and female sexuality in particular has been stigmatized as unhealthy and even immoral. For example, in the 15th century the aroused clitoris was thought to be a sign that a woman was involved in witchcraft. In the 20th century, renowned Austrian neurologist, Sigmund Freud, asserted that clitoral orgasms were a sign of “immaturity” and that healthy women transfer the sensitivity of their clitoris to their vaginas by the time they go through puberty. As late as 1948, the clitoris was eliminated from Gray’s Anatomy, the definitive tome on the subject.
It wasn’t until 1998 that Australian urologist Helen O’Connor published her findings that finally revealed the full structure of the clitoris. Through dissection, O’Connor was able to document the internal and external makeup of the clitoris. Her findings flew in the face of basically all of the accepted knowledge about the clitoris at that time.
Through her groundbreaking work O’Connor proved that the clitoris is much larger than was once thought with an extensive internal structure extending down behind the vulva. She was also able to show that it possess a great deal more nerve endings than had been documented before. In essence, this new knowledge of scientific mechanisms behind female sexual pleasure was nothing short of revolutionary.
While we’ve come a long way in our understanding of female sexual anatomy, in the case of the G-spot, it’s obvious that we still have a long way to go. Getting educated on the subject is the first step. Here’s everything you need to know:
Also known as the Ernst Gräfenberg spot, the female G-spot is named after the German born physician and scientist who first studied it. In the simplest terms, the G-spot is a sensitive spot on the front wall of the vagina. When stimulated correctly, many women report experiencing intense orgasms that are different from the clitoral orgasms that most women experience.
The exact structure of the G-spot is still unknown, but as Dr. Jess, Astroglide’s very own resident sexologist explains, this is likely because the G-spot isn’t one particular thing, but more likely a collection of different structures working together. “The G-spot is not a distinct entity, nor is it located inside of the vagina; it can be felt through the vagina and when stimulated, the tissue begins to swell,” says Dr. Jess. “As opposed to being a singular organ, it is believed that its sensitivity is connected to corollary stimulation of the female prostate (previously referred to as Skene’s glands), urethral sponge and inner clitoris.”
The fact that the G-spot is not a distinct structure would explain why recent studies have concluded that the G-spot doesn’t exist. It’s not that the G-spot isn’t there, it’s that some researchers who have tried to study it are looking for particular organ instead of a complex erogenous zone made up of interrelated structures. It’s an easy mistake to make and only further demonstrates how important it is for people to continue to educate themselves on female sexual anatomy.
For women who have never experienced a G-spot orgasm, the feelings regarding this topic can range from skepticism to burning curiosity. Beyond just the anecdotal evidence of G-spot orgasms from women who’ve been there, there is actually some pretty compelling scientific evidence to prove that the G-spot orgasm not only exists, but is a different kind of orgasm than women experience through exclusively clitoral stimulation. Dr. Jess explains:
G-Spot orgasms can overlap with clitoral and vaginal orgasms, as the area known as the G-Spot is accessible through the front wall of the vagina and is located in very close proximity to the legs of the clitoris. Both scientific and anecdotal accounts of G-Spot orgasms, however, suggest that they are distinct from other experiences of pleasure. Women often report that a G-Spot orgasm feels different from a clitoral one, as they experience sensations of bearing down with their pelvic floor muscles as opposed to the tenting effect from clitoral stimulation.
Dr. Beverly Whipple and Dr. Barry Komisaruk have also discovered that vaginal, cervical and G-Spot stimulation activates different parts of the brain via four different nerve pathways that innervate the clitoris, vagina and cervix. What is most exceptional about this differentiation is the fact that the Vagus nerve bypasses the spinal cord allowing even those diagnosed with complete spinal cord injury to experience pleasure and orgasm via the cervix.
Pretty cool stuff, right?
With all of that in mind, you’re probably wondering how you can find your G-spot and check out this erogenous powerhouse for yourself. The good news is that, once you know where to look, the female G-spot is actually relatively easy to find. All you need is some time and your own fingers.
Once you are in a comfortable position, Dr. Jess recommends that you start by reaching into your vagina with your index and middle finger. Once your fingers are inserted, curl them upwards toward your stomach and feel for an area that has a slightly ridged texture. Be patient with yourself and allow yourself to feel the pleasurable sensations that arise from stimulating this area. As you become more aroused, the area can engorge with blood, making the G-spot easier to to identify.
If you’re having trouble finding your G-spot here are a few additional tips that can help:
1.) Don’t stress out. It’s not a competition. Everyone’s body is different and learning about what works for you and your body is a lifelong process. If you find your G-spot and it’s magical, good for you. But if you find yourself struggling to figure out what everyone else is talking about, don’t sweat it. You’ll find it or you won’t. As long as your sex life is fulfilling, that’s the only things that matters.
2.) Grab the lube. Stimulating the G-spot involves a lot of friction on the front wall of the vagina which can lead to discomfort if you aren’t properly lubricated. Having a quality lube on hand will ensure that your exploration is pleasurable instead of uncomfortable. We can even send you a free sample and a coupon for $1.00 off of a full-size bottle of Astroglide to get you started.
3.) Relax. The sensations that come from stimulating your G-spot are very different from the sensations that come from clitoral stimulation. It can take some getting used to. Some women report a feeling an urgent need to pee, which can be disconcerting and cause them to tense up or stop altogether. This sensation is totally normal and most women find that relaxing into the sensation instead of tensing up is extremely pleasurable. (Don’t worry. You won’t pee!)
4.) It’s cool if it’s not for you. If you’ve tried all of this and it still isn’t working for you, it’s not a big deal. Everyone’s body is different and some women find that G-spot stimulation simply isn’t pleasurable for them. If that’s the case for you, don’t let it get you down. Just focus on the activities that do bring your pleasure instead.
Once you’ve found your G-spot and taken some time to explore it, there are lots of other techniques for incorporating this erogenous zone into your sex life, whether it be alone or with a partner. Dr Jess suggests trying the following techniques:
The more you take the time to get to know your G-spot and what particular kinds of G-spot stimulation feel best to you, the more pleasure you’ll be able to derive from this erogenous zone. Be open-minded in your approach and you’re sure to learn more about your body and your sexuality than you imagined possible.
If this article has piqued your interest in female sexual anatomy -- awesome! We’re huge advocates of sexual education and being informed about your body. There are lots of great resources out there that you check out if you want to learn more. Here are some of our favorites:
1.) The New Sex Bible by Dr. Jess: If you enjoyed the advice and insight that Dr. Jess shared for this post, you should definitely check out her book The New Sex Bible. It’s a comprehensive resource addressing every aspect of human sexuality. If you’re interested in learning more about sex and the human body, you’re definitely going to want to get your hands on this one.
2.) The Cliteracy Project: If you were intrigued by our discussion of the clitoris, take some time to check out The Cliteracy Project. This amazing resource has articles and videos that are chock full of in-depth information about the history and structure of the clitoris.
3.) The Astroglide Blog: Not to toot our own horn, but we’ve put countless hours into making the Astroglide blog your ultimate go-to resource for information on sex, love, and relationships with the help of our resident experts Dr. Jess and Dr. Drai. From sex tips to dating advice, we’ve got it all and we love sharing our knowledge with all of you.
So what do you think of our guide to the female G-spot? Do you have any lingering questions or anything that you think we should add? Let us know your thoughts by tweeting @Astroglide.
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