The G-spot: a medical myth?


By Steven Reinberg

WESTPORT, CT (Reuters Health) – Despite widespread belief in the Grהfenberg spot (G-spot), there is little biochemical, behavioral or anatomic evidence to support its existence, according to a report in the August issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

"The scientific evidence that is usually cited to support the existence of a G-spot is so inadequate to be almost laughable," Dr. Terrence M. Hines from Pace University, Pleasantville, New York, told Reuters Health.

In his report, Dr. Hines reviews the evidence for the existence of the G-spot and concludes that it is "a sort of gynecological UFO: much searched for, much discussed, but unverified by objective means."

The idea that there was a G-spot began in 1950 with a paper by Dr. Ernest Grהfenberg published in the International Journal of Sexology. However, Dr. Grהfenberg did not present any clinical evidence for the existence of the G-spot, only anecdotes about some of his female patients and their sexual behaviors, Dr. Hines points out.

The term "G-spot" was first mentioned in 1982 in the book "The 'G-Spot' and Other Discoveries About Human Sexuality," by Ladas et al. "I am not sure how these authors got from the Grהfenberg paper to the G-spot, which they cite in their book," Dr. Hines said.

The few studies dealing with the existence of the G-spot have been poorly done, Dr. Hines said. "This science, or pseudoscience, for the existence of a G-spot is based entirely on a handful of females who were examined behaviorally to see if a G-spot existed. And only 4 of 12 women had behavioral evidence for a G-spot," he stressed.

In addition, if there was a G-spot, it would have to have a detailed and rich area of neurons. Studies of the interior vaginal wall have failed to find a hint of such a structure, Dr. Hines said. "If it was there they probably would not have missed it," he added.

"Women have been misled for about 20 years about an important part of their sexuality, Dr. Hines noted. "Some women might feel very bad about themselves and their sexuality if they can't find the G-spot–but there is nothing there to find."

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