By Rose Eveleth
Posting in Science
We've cured polio, gone to the moon and cloned sheep. But what kind of research innovations will it take to find the G-spot?
Ah the female G-Spot. That elusive, mythical area full of untold treasures. In 2001, a psychologist called the G-spot a "“gynecologic UFO: much searched for, much discussed, but unverified by objective means.”
And today, we have another sighting. This time in the form of a study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine. Gynecologist Adam Ostrzenki claims, in this paper, to have finally located the elusive structure. He says he found it in a cadaver of an 83 year old woman from Warsaw, and it, apparently, looks like a "string of purple grapes within a bluish sac, near a white cord," according to Scientific American.
Okay, you probably have a few questions. First of all, why use an 83 year old dead lady? The answer to that one is pretty simple, Ostrzenki had access to an 83 year old dead lady. He needed someone who wasn't preserved, since preservation can alter the tissues. He needed someone he was allowed to dissect. And he also needed someone who's vaginal tissues were still intact. This woman was unpreserved, available to him, and had died from blunt force trauma to the head.
Right, so back to the autopsy. Ortrzenki spent seven hours going layer by layer through the woman's tissues. He found the little structure deep within the vaginal wall, in the fifth and sixth layers. To him, they looked a lot like structures you find in the male penis.
Of course, Ostrzenki understands that just having one example isn't good science. He's on track to dissect a series of cadavers next month in search of confirmation for his grape like G-spot. But many scientists suspect that he won't find any more little grape strings, and even if he did, they're skeptical that what he has in his hands is actually the female G-spot at all.
In the LA Times, author Beverly Whipple says that the G-spot itself is a myth all together. "No, there is not an 'it'" she told the paper. "It is not one entity." Debby Herbenick, a researcher at Indiana University and author of five books on sexuality, put it this way to Discovery News. "This study now claims to literally have found this anatomical entity in a single case history of an 83-year old woman who is dead and we don’t even know if this area was ever sensitive for her.”
Now, the G-spot, in some form, might exist. There are several studies in which women report sensitive areas sort of like what one might expect from a G-spot. But the probability of it being a single, identifiable organ is relatively slim, according to most experts. Here's Herbenick, writing at the Daily Beast:
OK, so stimulation of the G spot area feels good to many women. But why? Well, we haven’t quite figured that out yet. Some researchers have pointed out that the only anatomical structures in the vicinity of what we think of as the G spot are the Skene’s glands and periurethral tissue (tissue around the urethra). The Skene’s glands secrete fluid during sexual stimulation and may contribute to what’s popularly called “female ejaculation,” experienced by an unknown proportion of women.
So no matter what the "G-spot" is - if it exists at all - it's probably not a small grape like thing buried in the vaginal wall.
But there's another problem here. Ostrzenki himself has created a business around plastic surgery on women's genitalia, something the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists condemned in 2007. And yes G-spotplasty is offered (in fact, it's on Ostrzenki's own website) despite there being no evidence that the G-spot itself even exists.
This might seem like a lot of fuss for no reason, but figuring out if there is a G-spot and what it might be made of does have some applications. If it's real, understanding it could help women who have trouble achieving orgasms. Ostrzenki told Scientific American that it could alter the way vibrators are made, and that he's working with patients to "alter techniques for better gratification" in a way that involves switching from tapping to circling.
So, Ostrzenki probably hasn't found the G-spot. But what would it take to find one? Better sensors? Brain scans? Robots doing autopsies? Probably not. Even before more human lead autopsies are done, researchers will need a better understanding of female sexuality. Because even if Ostrazenki finds more little grapes, he will then have to prove that those structures cause pleasure, which is hard to do when your subject is dead. Without understanding how women experience sex, no amount of innovative machines or skilled autopsies will be able to find the elusive G-spot. And until then, the G-spot will probably remain that same gynecological UFO.
Photo: Kristina Nilsson, Flickr
Apr 25, 2012
I can't help but feeling that Dr. Ostrzenki is perhaps doing this research to better his business but if he can find the structure that belongs to this it could be good. I like more that he is thinking of redesigning vibrators. For as far back as I can tell the majority of scientific research was based on males. Society has been paternalistic & misogynistic so that should be no surprise.
I seem to have no difficulty finding that 'spot' on any woman I've tried. I really can't see how it's so difficult for Science to locate and analyze it.
One only has to look in the sensual philosophy of "Utara-Reikon" for find the answer or wait for my memoirs to find the answer. It is known as the eighth Chakra to those practitioners. They know why it is elusive to the West.
After the well known observations of Masters and Johnson in the seventies, there has been no such in depth study of the subject.Everyone scratches the surface and keeps a titilated audience awake for a while and things cool of soon. The fact of the matter is that that the G-Spot is nothing but the root base of the Rudimentary Penis (Clitoris),which is supplied with as many nerve endings as the regular male penis, and is therefor as excitable and pleasurable as the larger specimen.The G Spot is elusive only for those who ignore the clitoris and its connections and then search for something different!That is noway to do a scientific study!
I am a self-taught expert, and I must say that if more women were as cute as the author, more men would be volunteering to help in the search. I can't believe that only one man, and then a man from Indiana, the state whose only claim to fame was Herb Shriner, volunteered. I live in Vietnam but would be happy to show women exactly how to find their G-Spot (did you know that "G-Spot" is an abbreviation for "Jesus Spot" and that it got it's name when a couple accidentally found it during vigorous foreplay and the woman kept screaming "Jesus, oh Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus." The neighbors heard her screaming and ran into her apartment thinking there was a Holy Roller Revival (they were in Arkansas) going on. After that embarrassing and untimely interruption, the couple decided to call it, yep, you guessed it, "The G Spot!" Other women in the Congregation begged the finder to help them research and the movement spread throughout the world--without the benefit of the Internet! As a Researcher and Teacher and Official Finder of G-Spots all over Asia and the USA, I would be happy to offer my services to women everywhere, as well as to husbands who would bring their wives for the research. Just send a ticket.
Not being an expert, and hopefully not with what is considered a ton of knowledge. Aren't all women different? I've heard it said that men are physical and women are visual/mental. Even said, physically women are very different... Isn't the way to learn about the coveted G-spot by actually having sex? Certainly a lot more fun the dissecting corpses...
Is it just me or is smartplanet getting desperate with these "sex" stories? It's funny when I see random stuff like this.
And if your boyfriend or husband can't find it, then...to borrow a phrase from Apple, "you're doing it wrong" Every woman I've ever had the pleasure to pleasure has experienced the physical explosion of a well manipulated g-spot. I have never failed in finding what some people say is elusive!
I will gladly volunteer my services to help find this elusive spot. I am male and live in Bloomington, Indiana.
If there were more female scientists studying this matter, we'd have all the answers already! Isn't it odd that most researchers on this subject are male? And as for Ostrzenki's credibility, he's lost it all on account of his irresponsible "G-spotplasty" surgeries. I wonder how much he charges for such mutilation?
Anyone who believes that the ultimate sexual experience is about shared pleasure and who has pursued that belief with any purposeful intelligence is laughing heartily at anyone who thinks the G-spot is "mythical."
It may have been the Discovery channel or the Science channel that occasionally runs a segment on a study done in Sweden several years ago. They identified what he is describing using ultra sound imaging on couples during sex. The show was tastefully done, but the content was definitely for adults only.
Please don't talk about men, we don't need to read your misandrist rantings. Stick to comments about how you want vibrators redesigned... what huge foot-like shape they should be, in what bizarre color, and whether a quick charge 24 volt, 4 amp/hour battery, will EVER be 'enough'? Thanks.
I find so much of what you have put in this posting inappropriate in this setting. If you want to hawk your "services" there are many other places to do so. We come to this site to read about news of advances in the subjects covered. Not to be accosted by males who think that they are the gift to women. Your sexist statement regarding the author is also repulsive. Do you realize how demeaning that is? She wrote a good story. Her writing skills have nothing to do with whether or not you consider her cute. That sort of pandering may work with the women that are unfortunate enough to be be "blessed" enough to have experienced your "services" but an intelligent woman just find men like you pitiful. We need you like a fish needs a bicycle.
I am so sorry that so many find this as a myth...very sad. I can't always find it in every woman I have been with, but in most its pretty easy to find. It appears to be a button on the inside of the outside button. Either way, good luck and have fun in your search adventures!
I find so much of what you have put in this posting inappropriate in this setting. If you want to hawk your "services" there are many other places to do so. We come to this site to read about news of advances in the subjects covered. Not to be accosted by males who think that they are the gift to women.
Among the many things they looked at, Masters and Johnsons work back in the 1970s theorized on this physical posibility. They were way ahead of their time.
In the Discovery channel - Curiosity - "Why Is Sex Fun". narrated by Maggie Gyllenhaal. They showed the ultrasound scans that indicated it was not so much a "spot" as an extension of the clotoris inside.
So many skanky fish sitting on that same bicycle seat is why men don't care to search for feministic post modern G-Spots. Ewww,,,
Comments like the idiot Barak88's should not be taken seriously, otherwise you are a bigger fool than him.
I agree wholeheartedly. Many years ago I read a scientific article that claimed the G-Spot was a bundle of nerves along the top-inside of the viginal wall (inside of the outside button). I have put this knowledge to use over my lifetime and only found one or two women that didn't respond. But to be fair, they were both on the frigid side.....