Subjects: Behavioral health
The Gräfenberg Spot, or G-Spot is, according to popular culture and a few questionable scientific studies, an elusive erogenous zone located in the anterior vagina. When stimulated, the G-spot can lead to intense sexual arousal and hellacious orgasms that rival or surpass those provoked by clitoral stimulation.
Alas, the latest study on the matter suggests it doesn’t exist.
To reach these conclusions, Tim Spector and colleagues at King’s College London asked 1,800 women whether they had a G-spot, and if so, where it was located. All the women were pairs of identical and non-identical twins.
If a G-spot did exist, both identical twins (who have the same genes) would be expected to report having one in the same place. In fact, the scientists found that identical twins were no more likely to share a G-spot than non-identical twins (who share half their genes).
“This is by far the biggest study ever carried out and shows fairly conclusively that the idea of a G-spot is subjective,” Spector told the BBC.
Colleague Andrea Burri voiced concern that women who couldn’t find a G-spot might feel inadequate. “It is rather irresponsible to claim the existence of an entity that has never been proven and pressurize women and men too,” she said.
Commenting on the study, Petra Boynton, a psychologist at University College London, said “it’s fine to go looking for the G-spot but do not worry if you don’t find it. It should not be the only focus. Everyone is different.”
Sexologist Beverley Whipple, who helped popularize the G-spot concept, argued the study was flawed because the scientists failed to account for the impact of different sexual partners and different love-making techniques.
The write-up is in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.