Most people have heard of the so-called G-spot. It's the miraculous erogenous zone, otherwise known as Grafenberg's spot, allegedly hidden 4-5 centimeters from the "Gates of Pleasure" on the anterior vaginal wall. Experts say that if a woman deigns to lie on her back, then her G-spot will be on the top of her vagina. They also say that, like Aladdin's magic lamp, if the G-spot of a willing woman is rubbed then a massive orgasm will erupt from within and waves of unexpected pleasure will pour over her body.
The key is to discover the location of this sacred spot, which is possibly the size of a pea, or slightly larger – a thumbprint, or maybe even the entire thumb. The lucky finders will be blessed with eternal sexual happiness.
It's no small wonder that many people – amateurs and professionals alike – are painstakingly searching for the G-spot. The hunt calls to mind the Amber Room, containing secrets that laymen and specialists across the globe have long wished to unlock. There are numerous eyewitness reports, documentary evidence and countless hypotheses. But there are no certainties.
The argument has dragged on for nearly 60 years, ever since German gynecologist Ernest Grafenberg reported discovering the spot for the first time. The erogenous zone was later named the Grafenberg spot, or G-spot, in his honor in 1981. But Grafenberg took his secret to the grave, much like the renowned scholar, French mathematician Pierre de Fermat and his Last Theorem.
Serious scholars simply looked everywhere, having split down the middle into two opposing camps. While one camp jiggles its finger (literally and figuratively), saying "Here it is!" the other refutes the claims, alleging that there's nothing special in that area. And they disdainfully refer to the scandalous zone as the "gynecological UFO."
Indeed, gynecologists agree that visual examinations don't shed any light on the situation. The miraculous spot is incredibly elusive to the naked eye.
Recently, though, renowned vaginal researcher Emmanuele Jannini of Italy's University of L'Aquila enheartened G-spot weary enthusiasts. He claims to have discovered long-awaited evidence of the G-spot's existence. Jannini spoke about his discovery with the authoritative "Journal of Sexual Medicine."
Not everyone's lucky enough to have a G-spot
"Twenty women were given an ultrasound examination in Italy," Doctor of Medicine and gynecologist, Prof. Anatoliy Katz said about Jannini's work. "In some women, tissue was discovered that differed from the surrounding area where the semi-mystical Grafenberg spot was said to be located. Jannini added these areas to the G-spot zone."
"Here," Jannini wrote, "is a distinctly visible thickening of the tissue. It stretches along the urethra and can be seen in the images."
Images showing thicker tissue belong to all 9 female volunteers, who told Jannini that they experienced so-called vaginal orgasms (without stimulating other nerve endings). Despite their pleasant appearance, the intimate areas of 11 volunteers who said they didn't experience vaginal organisms, or sexual pleasure entirely, were void of the distinctive good-luck G-spot features.
The observations led the researcher to several conclusions. First: The G-spot isn't a myth. It actually exists. Second: Not everyone has a G-spot. Third: Anatomically, women may differ enormously in terms of how their sexual organs are structured. Fourth: Women with a distinctly vivid Grafenberg spot can experience all types of orgasms.
Jannini proudly summed up the final and most important conclusion.
"For the first time, we have a simple, quick and inexpensive way to learn if a woman has a G-spot."
In other words, women no longer need to roam around in the dark. All they need to do is have an ultrasound. The scan will show whether time should be spent feeling for the sacred spot to facilitate an orgasm, or if the woman has another vaginal variety from birth.
"To finally put a little spot over that 'i,' we need to study the physiological reaction of the tissue mentioned by the Italians," punned Beverley Whipple, director of a research group at Rutgers University in New Jersey that has been hunting for the G-spot since 1981. "As a next step, I would recommend that our Italian colleagues ask the women to masturbate. Afterwards, they should perform a repeat ultrasound to see if the area expands. If it does, then the G-spot tissue is most likely akin to clitoral tissue, as many hypothesize, and is capable of swelling. But there are other theories that say the G-spot is connected with glands responsible for internal secretion."
Even the scientists who acknowledge the G-spot's existence are lost when it comes to its origin. Almost exactly like Ufologists. Some say that UFOs are captained by extraterrestrials, while others seem to think that they're secret military planes. And they'll argue their point to death.
Medics are more unanimous in their opinion. Most acknowledge a hidden similarity in male and female sexual organs, but they disagree in terms of their classification.
"There's a hypothesis that the Grafenberg spot is an analogy of the prostate gland," said Katz. "Maybe it's even its rudiment. It's as if thanks to this G-spot, women are able to have their own sort of ejaculation. At the moment of discharge, they secrete a liquid from their urethra similar in composition to the secretion from the prostate gland. As a rule, this mysterious phenomenon is observed in those who have vaginal orgasms."
Some medics, though, assert that this liquid, also referred to as the female ejaculate, is produced by the Skene's glands, discovered by an anatomist of the same name in the early 19th Century. They're located in roughly the same area as the Grafenberg spot.
Others assert that the G-spot functions independently.
Ten years ago, Australian researcher Helen O'Connell of the Royal Hospital in Melbourne guided her colleagues in a new direction. O'Connell suggested that all women have penises, which grow inside as opposed to outside the body. They're protracted deep within the body, four trunks, two of which adjoin the anterior vaginal wall.
The result is the following hypothesis: the G-spot is the place of access to the "hidden female penis," which, like its male counterpart, is rich in nerve endings and reacts to friction and pressure.
"The Australian discovery is still considered controversial," said Prof. Katz. "But O'Connell supports Jannini in her own way. "She supposes that he didn't find anything new, but rather clearly confirmed her conclusions."
This may be the case. It can be assumed, for example, that some women have "internal trunks" that don't connect with anything for anatomical reasons. Thus no G-spot is formed.
Jannini plans to conduct research on a larger scale in the short term. The scientist is intent on determining the percentage of women that are lucky enough to have a G-spot, and to compare these figures with statistics from censuses. These censuses show that up to 70 percent of women don't have orgasms during sexual intercourse, but are able to achieve an orgasm while masturbating their clitoris.
"All women are different," Jannini said in an interview with the "New Scientist" journal. "That's why it's so interesting to be around them."