Researcher Claims G-Spot Discovery
(ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.) -- Has the mystery behind the G-spot been finally solved?
In a new study to be published Wednesday in The Journal of Sexual Medicine, a researcher claims to have conclusively located the elusive erogenous zone.
But the new report is unlikely to put an end to any controversy. Already, several experts warn this so-called discovery may not be the road map to female orgasm that many women -- and their partners -- have long hoped to find.
The G-spot got its name in the 1980s when the concept -- an erogenous zone that, when stimulated, can lead to powerful orgasm -- gained in popularity. It was initially named after Ernst Gräfenberg, a German physician, who wrote about its existence in the 1950s.
Since then, most sex experts have scrutinized an area on the front wall of the vagina that, anecdotally, appears particularly sensitive. Some experts say stimulating this area can lead to female arousal, orgasm and even ejaculation. Yet, despite widespread popular belief in its existence, no one has ever decisively identified a particular body part corresponding to the G-spot.
But now Dr. Adam Ostrzenski, a gynecologic surgeon and director of The Institute of Gynecology, Inc., in St. Petersburg, Fla., says he has accomplished this feat by discovering a structure he believes represents the G-spot.
Ostrzenski says he was motivated to study the G-spot after hearing anecdotes of swelling in the lower section of the vagina during stimulation.
The unsexy twist to Ostrzenski's otherwise sexy research is the method he employed in his search; he dissected the cadaver of an 83-year-old woman and discovered a blue, grape-like structure buried deep in the front wall of the vagina.
According to the doctor, this structure resembled erectile tissue, similar to what can be found in the male penis.
Ostrzenski, a long-time believer in the existence of the G-spot, may have an additional incentive to validate its existence. He specializes in a procedure known as G-spot augmentation, in which a patient's own fat is injected into the vaginal wall right underneath the area where the G-spot is supposed to reside in order to enhance stimulation.
He says the location of this special spot has long been known by many women, and that it can be taught to others.
Still, other experts in sexual health are not convinced that Ostrzenski has the G-spot all figured out.
Debby Herbenick, research scientist at Indiana University and author of the book Sex Made Easy says it is not possible to know if what Ostrzenski found is in fact the G-spot, since there is no information about the patient's sexual experiences when she was alive.
Specifically, she says that the G-spot, by definition, is a spot that brings pleasure when stimulated -- and that Ostrzenski was unable to prove that the structure he identified gave his patient any pleasure because she was already deceased.
Another major problem with the study was that it examined only one patient's body, says Dr. Abraham Morgentaler, associate clinical professor of urology at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Mass. Whether this type of tissue is found in any other women -- let alone all women -- is simply not known.
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