Jan. 18, 2012 at 9:21 AM ET
The controversy over the G-spot is about to heat up again. Either science has been using the wrong techniques or wrong technologies in the hunt for the mysterious pleasure button allegedly located inside a woman’s vagina, or the spot simply doesn’t exist, according a new review of existing research.
“Objective measures have failed to provide strong and consistent evidence for the existence of an anatomical site that could be related to the famed G-spot,” writes Amichai Kilchevsky, a Yale urological surgeon, and his colleagues, in the most recent issue of the Journal of Sexual Medicine.
Those are fighting words to a legion of G-spot believers who have vociferously battled any G-spot denials for decades.
But Kilchevsky searched through all the medical and scientific literature -- everything he could find between 1950 and 2011 -- in a hunt for proof. He found none. The research team admits that some women swear there is a distinct “area in the distal anterior vaginal wall” that leads to orgasms if it’s stimulated. It’s possible, Kilchevsky admits, the right investigatory tools haven’t been brought to bear, although that seems unlikely since everything from MRI scans to plain old fingers have been tried.
“My view is that the G-spot is really just the extension of the clitoris on the inside of the vagina, analogous to the base of the male penis," said Kilchevsky.
Kilchevsky’s argument is supported by anatomists who say that the clitoris is like an iceberg. You can see just a little. The rest extends well into the vagina.
We all start as female in the womb. Males develop male anatomy only if their cells are signaled by androgen hormones. Then, labia turn into a scrotum, a clitoris into a penis. Kilchevsky thinks there’s no evolutionary reason why women would have a separate spot capable of generating orgasms. It certainly isn’t required for reproduction.
Yet some women -- and and some doctors and researchers -- have been insisting that not only is there a G-spot, but that figuring out how yours works can mean wonderful, intense, orgasms.
“Lots of women feel almost as though it is their fault,” they can’t find it, Kilchevsky said. “Men are upset they can’t stimulate it for their partners. The reality is that it is probably not something, historically or evolutionarily, that should even exist.”
He blames the porn industry and G-spot promoters for encouraging the myth.
“It’s like penis size,” he said, with a laugh. Male porn stars aren’t typical at all (that’s why they’re porn stars), but “now men are all talking about penis size. “The reality is, most men have the exact same-sized penis.”