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The existence (or non-existence) of the G-spot is arguably one of the most controversial, chats between men. Some guys brag they’ve found it; others are convinced it’s a myth. So, let’s see if we can hit the spot on this topic (or not).

What is the G-spot?

For any guys out there who don’t know, the G-spot is claimed to be a highly erogenous zone in the vagina. When stimulated, it can heighten sexual arousal and intensity of an orgasm.

The G-spot is named after a German gynaecologist, Ernst Grafenberg, who professed its existence through his research in the 1940s.

So, nearly 80 years later, there still seems to be no consensus amongst experts. However, the possible presence of the G-spot has become such a hot topic in popular culture. According to an article written by Justin Lehmiller, PhD called, Does the G-Spot Actually Exist?

‘The G-spot has become so well known that most people take for granted that it’s a distinct part of female genital anatomy. This includes many physicians, some of whom are even offering G-spot amplification procedures like the so-called “G-spot shot,” which they claim can make stimulation of this area even more pleasurable.’

Where is the G-spot?

Medical professionals who believe that it does exist say that it’s located about 5 to 8 cm on the anterior wall above the opening, of the vagina. Apparently, when stimulated, the tissue surrounding the urethra begins to swell. Some women have said it’s a highly pleasurable feeling, while others have found it uncomfortable.

What the G-spot could be

Skeptical medical professionals have said that the G-spot is ‘not a single entity’ but instead, due to its location, is part of clitourethrovaginal complex. ­­It consists of three structures (urethra, clitoris and vaginal wall) and one – or more – may have the capability of producing pleasurable sensations. Opinions differ on this as well; a lot of physicians say that all three structures need to be stimulated simultaneously to produce a high-intensity orgasm.

Ultimately, there is not enough medical research to conclusively prove the existence of the G-spot. However, what studies have highlighted is that arousal and sexuality have psychological and physiological links.

Dr Jane Chalmers, in an article published by The Conversation, comments,

‘As human beings, we are all made slightly anatomically and physiologically different.

In the same way that what I consider ‘blue’ may not be the exact same ‘blue’, you perceive, an orgasm in one woman is not the same as an orgasm in any other woman. It is a unique experience.’

So, whether the G-spot truly exists is still a matter of opinion, but as Chalmers points out, an orgasm is a different experience for every woman.

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Source: Marie Stopes South Africa (Safe Abortion and Post Abortion Family Planning)

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