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Dear Dr. P, Is the G-spot real or a myth? Does every woman have one?  How do you find it?

Gee, why do you ask?

Indian texts from the 11th century refer to an area in the anterior vagina that gave pleasure.  Later, in 1950, the German gynecologist Ernest Gräfenberg also described an eroticizing area in the anterior vagina.  During the supposedly puritanical times of the Victorian era, pornographic novels described female ejaculation with orgasm at a time when “good” women were not even supposed to enjoy sex, much less have orgasms.  Freud, at the close of that era, was the first to liberate female sexuality by describing “mature vaginal orgasms” as opposed to clitoral orgasms.  Subsequent studies of women’s sexuoeroticism have revealed that there are several types of female orgasm (up to six kinds), including one which actually involves female ejaculation of a fluid chemically identical to semen, but without sperm!  This last phenomenon points to what the G-spot really is: a female prostate.

If you have heard of the “G-spot,” it is probably due to the research and publications of one of the top sexologists in the world, Dr. Beverly Whipple, of Rutgers University.   The media, mostly women’s magazines, has described the “G-spot” ever since the 1983 publication of The G-Spot and Other Recent Discoveries about Human Sexuality. Controversial since that time, the book has nevertheless been translated into 19 languages.  The conclusions have been credible and have not yet been shown to be erroneous: the G-spot is now described in almost all introductory human sexuality texts used in college courses.  My reading and my speaking to women who have experienced this phenomenal area directly leads me to believe that a significant number of women, maybe ten to fifteen percent in our Western European culture, possess and enjoy this part of their anatomy.  Whether a woman has such a sensitive area seems to be the combined result of personal physiology, culture and experience.  Response to G-spot stimulation can be learned.

What is the G-spot?  Males have undeveloped breasts and nipples (there is also a little uterus inside the male prostate called a utricle), and females have a small penis homologue called a clitoris.  Whether a body part is developed or not is the result of hormones that acted during critical periods in utero and later during puberty.  The evidence that some females ejaculate a fluid at orgasm identical to prostatic acid phosphatase (PAP) indicates that these women possess prostatic-like tissues otherwise known to anatomists as Skene’s glands or paraurethral glands.  In 2004, an international convention of medical anatomists will recognize the work of the G-spot researchers by including the term “female prostate” in the new medical and anatomical dictionaries.

Some would rather call the G-spot a G-area, because it is an area of spongy tissues surrounding the urethra from the neck of the female bladder to the exterior.  It is larger and more palpable in some women than in others.  Why, we don’t yet know.  It is felt, usually when the woman is already sexually aroused, in the anterior wall of the vagina.  The best person to find it is the one that has it.  It’s like scratching your nose-you know exactly where to scratch.   For some women, a G-area orgasm is deeply satisfying, more so than is a clitorally achieved orgasm.

Curiously, the male P-spot has not gotten the same attention as has the G-spot.  The P-spot is the male prostate, and it too (because of the same nerve network) has great sexuoerotic potential for those adventuresome males who allow this exploration.  It has also been called the “Oh-Boy!-spot” by some.  Stimulation of the prostate is appreciated by many males as pleasurable and orgasmic.  Others find the sensation and the very idea repugnant.  Again, P-spot appreciation is an issue of culture and learning.

A GPS system is not needed to find these spots.

Alphabetically yours,

Dr. P