The G-spot

November 12, 2021

If you look up G-spot in the dictionary you probably would find “a mass of tissue that is held to exist on the anterior vaginal wall and to be highly erogenous” as provided by Merriam-Webster.  Depending on your search, you may also have seen some conflicting information out there on the topic.  Whether or not the G-spot even exists at all.  Why is there so much mystery around the G-spot anyway?  


A little history for you.  Let’s start with Ernst Gräfenberg, born on September 26, 1881.  He was a German-born medical doctor and scientist.  He is known for his work and the development of the intrauterine device (IUD).  Along with this work, he is also known for his studies of the role the female urethra plays during orgasm.  Originally, he began working as a doctor of Ophthalmology at the University of Wurzburg.  He did eventually move to the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Kiel.   

Ernst Gräfenberg gained fame for his studies of the female genitals and female sexual physiology.  The Role of Urethra in Female Orgasm is one of his published works from 1950, in which he describes female ejaculation and an erotic zone where the urethra is closest to the vaginal wall.  It wasn’t until 1981, that sexologists John D. Perry and Beverly Whipple named this area the Gräfenberg spot or G-spot after him.

Studies On The G-spot

Where is the actual location of the elusive G-spot anyway? Well, actually there have been studies and one of those studies was performed on 13 female cadavers.  The conclusion of this particular study ended with the findings “the G-spot, in its current description, is not identified as a discrete anatomic entity at the macroscopic dissection of the urethra or vaginal wall. Further insights could be provided by the histologic study. Hoag N, Keast JR, O’Connell HE. The “G-Spot” Is Not a Structure Evident on Macroscopic Anatomic Dissection of the Vaginal Wall. J Sex Med 2017;14:1524-1532.”

The International Society for Sexual Medicine shared the following: “31 eligible studies were identified: 6 surveys, 5 clinical, 1 neurophysiological, 9 imaging, 8 histological/anatomical, and 2 combined clinical and histological. Most women (62.9%) reported having a G-spot and it was identified in most clinical studies (55.4% of women); in 2 studies it was not identified in any women. Imaging studies had contradictory results in terms of its existence and nature. Some showed a descending of the anterior vaginal wall that led to the concept of clitourethrovaginal complex. In anatomic studies, one author could systematically identify the G-spot, while another group did not find it. Studies on the innervation of the vaginal walls did not systematically identify an area with richer innervation.”  With that, the conclusion was “The different studies did systematically agree on the existence of the G-spot. Among the studies in which it was considered to exist, there was no agreement on its location, size, or nature. The existence of this structure remains unproved.”

Rather than trying to locate the G-spot. It may be best to focus on identifying the erogenous zones in order to achieve an orgasm.  Do you know where your erogenous zones are?  

Some less obvious erogenous zones are:

  • Scalp – the scalp is full of nerve endings.
  • Mouth and lips – kissing is an erotic activity.  
  • Neck and ears – both are very sensitive areas.  
  • Breast and nipples – stimulation can trigger the release of hormones such as oxytocin and prolactin – which can enhance sexual pleasure.
  • Inner arms, wrists, and armpits – some people find these areas to be arousing.
  • Lower abdomen and back – stimulating these spots can lead to intense pleasure and anticipation.
  • Inner thighs – can lead to excitement during foreplay.
  • Feet and toes – applying pressure to certain pressure points on the bottom of your feet can be very enjoyable.

The vaginal region:

  • Clitoris – one of the most sensitive parts of the body.  The glans of the clitoris contain more than 8,000 nerve endings.  
  • Pubic mound – also known as mons pubis. This area contains many nerve endings, and it’s connected to the hood of the clitoris and labia. As a result, stimulating the pubic mound can indirectly stimulate other erogenous zones.
  • G-spot – For some people, stimulating the G-spot can lead to intense orgasms and even ejaculation. The G-spot is approximately 5 to 8 centimeters up the anterior (front) vaginal wall. The G-spot has a distinct texture that feels slightly spongy to the touch.
  • A-spot – located at the deepest point of the anterior wall of the vagina, right above the cervix and approximately 2 inches above the G-spot. 
  • Cervix – for most people it is important to be aroused in order to enjoy cervical stimulation.

Ultimately, everyone is built a little differently.  We can experience pleasure in different ways.  Find what works best for you and your partner.  If you are lucky enough, you may have a partner that is willing to stop and ask for directions in order to find the mysterious G-spot.  Seriously though, having an open dialogue with your partner can play a key role in navigating each other’s sexuality.

At OB-GYN Women’s Centre of Lakewood Ranch, we are dedicated to providing personalized healthcare for each and every woman.  No matter your age or medical history, we’ll help you feel comfortable and answer all of your reproductive health-related questions. Call us today to schedule an appointment.