Time to breathe a deep sigh of relief ladies: If you've had trouble having a G-spot orgasm, researchers at Kings College London just announced
that after some rigorous testing, there is no G-spot!
They claim that the magic spot only exists in "the imagination of women influenced by magazines and sex therapists." See, don't you feel better already? No? Well, don't worry, Lemondrop is on the case.
The existence of the G-spot, or Gräfenberg Spot, has been questioned since German gynecologist Ernst Gräfenberg discovered it in 1950, but the debate started heating up in the 1980s and hasn't stopped. The definition that is used by most -- whether or not someone agrees with it -- is that the G-spot is a bean-shaped cluster of nerve endings in the vagina that can be considered an erogenous zone. Some women have it and some, apparently, don't.
Tim Spector, who co-authored the research, surveyed 1804 women who were all either fraternal or identical twins. They were all asked about their experience with their G-Spot, and 56% of the women in the study claimed to have one. Since twins share the same genetic material, it was expected that if one twin said she had a G-Spot, the other one would as well. But no dice.
If one twin said she had a G-Spot, the other was no more likely to say that she had one. No pattern of any kind emerged, leading Spector to conclude to England's Sunday Times, "This is by far the biggest study ever carried out and it shows fairly conclusively that the idea of a G-spot is subjective."
Now, this seems to me like asking 1000 people if they believe in God and then deciding on God's existence based on their answers, but I'm no expert. So we decided to talk to Ian Kerner, author of She Comes First: The Thinking Man's Guide to Pleasuring a Woman
. Here's what he said when we asked him about the story:
"A lot of fuss is made over the differences between clitoral and G-spot orgasms. The clitoral orgasm is often criticized as being quick and light-hearted, while G-spot orgasms are somehow deemed more serious and substantive. But a quick study of anatomy reveals that all orgasms are clitoral. The clitoris is the sexual epicenter, an orgasmic powerhouse in which no sensation goes unnoticed.
"As scientist Natalie Angier writes of the infamous G-spot, the area of soft tissue just inside the vaginal area, 'the roots of the clitoris run deep, after all, and very likely can be tickled through posterior agitation. In other words, the G spot may be nothing more than the back end of the clitoris.'"
Kerner then gets down to the brass tacks of it all, and I applaud him for it:
"Irrespective of anatomy, it would be hard to dispute the area's erogenous potential."
Do you think the G-spot is a myth?