It turns out the G-spot may not exist after all

30 years on from Beverly Whipple’s revelations, serious questions are being asked.

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Like the Bermuda Triangle of sex, experts have long debated the existence of the famous G-Spot – a specific spot on the vagina that, when touched, gives the recipient orgasms.

The term was first coined by Beverley Whipple, who discovered the G-Spot during a very different study examining several instances of women who thought they were peeing during orgasms.

According to Whipple, the spot was discovered when her team of researchers began feeling inside their test subject’s vaginal walls.

By doing this, she discovered that the area that covers 11am to 1pm (try to imagine the inside like a clock face) was the general location of the G-Spot with research conducted by one Dr. Ernst Grafenberg in the 1950s backing up her claim.

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It became known as the Grafenberg Spot, or G-Spot and provided the central focus of a book, with the same title, published by Whipple back in 1982.

But Whipple’s findings are now being seriously questioned by several experts after the team behind the Science Vs podcast conducted their very own investigation.

What they found out went against almost all of Whipple’s conclusions.

Royal Melbourne Hospital professor of urology Helen O’Connell, who has dissected some 50 vaginas in her career to date as well as studying plenty live ones besides, told them she failed to find “anything in the vaginal wall that would be a direct anatomical structure leading to that experience.”

Meanwhile, a medical review into the G-Spot, published back in 2001, described it as “a sort of gynaecological UFO: much searched for, much discussed, but unverified by objective means,” while the majority of the research since has failed to find any irrefutable evidence.

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Even Whipple’s own research from 1981 came under scrutiny. While her first study produced one woman with the magic G-Spot, a second study of 47 women found that, while each had a sensitive spot, pressing it did not prompt orgasms.

Whipple also claimed some 400 women she tested had the spot, yet these test subjects never featured in a peer-reviewed journal with a subsequent experiment with 11 women conducted in 1983 finding only four women with the magic G-spot.

O’Connell instead theorises that rather than a G-Spot, in each successful instance, Whipple and her researchers may have simply been touching the clitoris.

Instead, she’s also given it a new name as the CUV Complex, which is short for the Clitoral, Urethral Vaginal Complex.

It’s all fascinating and highly stimulating stuff.

For more information, listen to the full Science Vs The G-Spot podcast on iTunes now.

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