by Gary Schubach Ed.D.,A.C.S
The term “G Spot” was first introduced to the public at large in the book, The G Spot and Other Recent Discoveries About Human Sexuality. It referred to a 1950 article in the International Journal of Sexology in which Dr. Ernest Gräfenberg wrote about erotic sensitivity along the anterior vaginal wall.
While many people have read or heard about Gräfenberg, few have read his actual words. In reality, Gräfenberg only uses the word “spot” twice and he uses it to make the opposite point to the way it has been popularly used. He states that “there is no spot in the female body, from which sexual desire could not be aroused. . . . Innumerable erotogenic spots are distributed all over the body, from where sexual satisfaction can be elicited; these are so many that we can almost say that there is no part of the female body which does not give sexual response, the partner has only to find the erotogenic zones.”
What has been popularly but erroneously called the “G spot“ is the area on the upper wall of the vagina, through which the urethral or “Skene’s” glands can be felt. It is the media, which picked up the term “G Spot” because of the book, that has promulgated the notion of a “spot” on the anterior wall of the vagina itself. The search for a “spot” on the anterior wall of the vagina, as opposed to searching for the urethral glands through the anterior wall may be contributing to the difficulty of finding a single “G spot” and the controversy as to whether it exists at all.
The purpose of reprinting the following definitions of the “G Spot” that were found on the Internet is both to show accurate definitions and to highlight how the use of the word “spot” has contributed to misconceptions and a lack of understanding of the function of the urethra and its glands and ducts as an erogenous zone.
Accurate Definitions of the “G Spot” Taken from the Internet
“I’ll leave out the scientific theories and just give some practical information. The female urethra runs along the front/top side of the vagina, between it and the pubic bone. In many women it is sensitive to firm strokes from inside the vagina which press it up against the pubic bone. The G Spot is supposed to be tissue surrounding the urethra, about 1 1/2 to 2 inches inside.”
“G Spot” is the nickname for the Gräfenberg Spot, named after the gyn who noted its erotic significance in the 50’s. The G Spot in women is analogous to the prostate in men (which seems to play a more direct role in sex and procreation).”
“The G Spot is a gland located behind the pubic bone and around the urethra. It can be massaged or stimulated by reaching up about two finger joints distance on the upper surface of the vagina. The area may be located by “systematic palpation of the entire anterior wall of the vagina between the posterior side of the pubic bone and the cervix. Two fingers are usually employed, and it is often necessary to press deeply into the spot to reach the spot” (Perry and Whipple, Journal of Sex Research, 1981, p 29). If already aroused, some women will find that stimulation of this area leads to an intense orgasm which may be qualitatively different from a clitorially centered orgasm. Stimulation of the spot produces a variety of initial feelings: discomfort, ‘feeling need’ to urinate, or a pleasurable feeling. With additional stroking the area may begin to swell and the sensations may become more pleasureable. Continuing may produce an intense orgasm. Like the prostate, the g-spot can produce a fluid-like semen (but not as viscous) which may be released on orgasm — even known to “squirt” a couple of centimeters.”
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“For comparison, the prostate in men is also located behind the pubic bone and around the urethra. The two ejaculatory ducts also end here (bringing sperm from testis via vas deferens). The prostate can be reached via the anus (as in Doctors performing a prostate exam). Continued stimulation of the prostate may produce intense orgasms in men. The prostate is the gland which produces semen (other than the sperm in the semen).”
“The G Spot is an area of spongy tissue surrounding a woman’s urethra. When a woman is sexually aroused, this tissue swells and feels to the touch like a raised area through the ceiling of the vagina. Some women can have orgasms with firm stimulation of this area. And sometimes arousal and orgasm triggered in this way are accompanied by ejaculation of fluid through the urethra. This fluid is not urine, but is produced by glands, located around the urethra. Although every woman has this urethral sponge or G Spot, not all women respond in the same way to its stimulation. Some women find that G SpotG Spot stimulation feels no different from stimulation of other parts of the vaginal barrel.”
“Popular term for a particularly sensitive area within the vagina, about halfway between the pubic bone and the cervix at the rear of the urethra; named after gynecologist Ernst Gräfenberg (1881-1957) who first put forth a theory concerning this area.”
“When authors Ladas, Whipple and Perry first published their book The G Spot, their findings were not all too convincing and the existence of this “new” erogenic zone – especially its alleged ability to ejaculate an orgasmic fluid was not officially recognized by most doctors and medical scientists. Leading scientific papers still do not publish any related research, hereby declaring it “unscientific” (and themselves to be practically ignorant), yet a growing number of women – and men – now know by experience … and they do not need to be convinced by theory. Reviewing the meanwhile available evidence, the conclusion must be drawn that there exists no actual G Spot in the sense in which it has been promoted, though the “discovery” certainly has led to a better understanding of what actually goes on. The G Spot is – in fact – merely a simple label for a rather complicated and sophisticated part of the yoni, a part that is erotically sensitive and which is also responsible for female ejaculation. The label can of course be used – for simplicity’s sake – but by not considering the biological facts it does only lead to new misconceptions. There can be no question – for example – whether or not each woman “possesses” a G Spot: they do! The difference – whether or not she feels it – depends on a wide variety of physical and psychological factors and it is certainly conceivable that not every woman is particularly sensitive in this area – just as there are worlds of differences in the sensitivity of nipples and other “standard” erogenic zones.”
“The area we are concerned with is actually called the urethral sponge – an area of spongy tissue (corpus spongiosum) that also contains clusters of nerve-endings, blood vessels, paraurethral glands and ducts – that covers the female urethra (urinary tube) on all sides. During sexual stimulation – by finger-pressure or certain positions and movements of the lingam, the sponge can become engorged with blood, swells and thus becomes distinguishable to touch. A number of researchers – in Israel and the USA – have meanwhile established that tissue of the G Spot area contains an enzyme that is usually found only in the male prostatic glands. This may indicate that we are dealing here with a “female version” of the prostatic glands, a collection of glands which also in men is rather sensitive to touch and pressure. The existence of these hitherto unknown glands in this place may also explain the fluid secretions many women experience during/after G Spot stimulation.”
“To those not yet practically acquainted with the G Spot, it presents an interesting paradox and invites for adventurous exploration: in order to find it, one has to stimulate it – and to do just that, one has to find it! An early Chinese concept of the G Spot may have been that of a Palace of Yin. Though the term is often used simply as meaning “womb”, it specifically refers to the location in the body where the orgasmic secretion called ‘moon flower medicine’ lies waiting to be released. As such, the concept may well be the most early “discovery” of a G Spot and represents the ancients insights into female ejaculation and the female prostatic glands.”
Examples of definitions that may be close, but are being thrown off by use of the word “spot”
“I think my G Spot is past the urethra by at least an inch… (could be wrong…) about 2 or 2-1/2 inches or so from the entrance to my vagina.”
“Traditionally it was thought that all of the sensation available from the female genitals derived from the lips, entrance to the vagina, and especially the clitoris. In other words, what you see above. It was thought that the interior of the vagina was practically numb to sexual sensation.”
“Now one of those old coots who spent the seventies sticking their noses into other people’s intimate businesses was a guy called Gräfenberg, if memory serves. Dr G. had this theory that there was an area within the vagina, which was called the Grafenberg Spot or G Spot, which not only was sexually sensitive but which could trigger bigger and better female orgasms than the clit and the exterior bits could by themselves.”
“Now the trouble with Dr G.’s claim was that not everyone seemed to b e able to find this spot, which he reckoned was analogous with the male prostate gland, and those that did find it didn’t necessarily like it much, and so there was some controversy, especially in the popular press. A number of folks who did find it and did like it eventually sussed out the mechanics of the spot, and over the last few years there have been a number of quite good books about it.”
“The story is basically this: The G Spot is a flat area about as big as a one or two cent piece, about two inches inside the vagina. It’s just behind the pubic bone, on the vaginal wall that is closest to the belly-button. You can reach it with your index finger. If the genitals you’re playing with are not very aroused then you might have difficulty finding it, or it might not feel very interesting or nice to the owner.”
“I am definitely still looking for it, even after 16 years of searching. Have trouble getting my partner to talk about it or let me go and find it.”
“I think it’s highly likely that, just as in men, there is a spot in the woman’s vagina where nerve endings are found in greater abundance than in other places.”
“The G Spot is very real! I have a slightly above average size penis (9″), and women have told me I was one of the few men that reached the spot! So, I assume if you have a long enough penis you’ll ring the bell!”
“Yes, the G Spot is real. It feels like a rough area about 1-3″ along the top of the vagina. Digital stimulation of this area during oral sex can produce a powerful climax.”
The G Spot Controversy