Scientist locates the G-spot
The G-spot – a female erogenous zone thought to be located deep inside the vagina – has long been suspected to be a myth. Now, a scientist in Florida believes that he may have discovered the anatomical structure, which could have significant implications for women's sexual health.
Adam Ostrzenski, M.D., Ph.D., of the Institute of Gynecology, performed a thorough examination on the cadaver of an 83-year-old woman and discovered a sac-like structure located inside the vagina.
In the Journal of Sexual Medicine, the scientists explained that his finding proves the existence of the G-spot.
The journal's editor-in-chief wrote that the discovery may lead to improved treatments for female sexual dysfunction.
"This case study in a single cadaver adds to the growing body of literature regarding women's sexual anatomy and physiology," said Irwin Goldstein.
Ostrzenski told CBS' HealthPop that the G-spot is a grape-like cluster beneath a white membrane that has three regions, including one made of erectile tissue.
However, skeptics remain. Amichai Kilchevsky, M.D., a urological surgeon in Connecticut, told MSNBC that it's hard to say exactly what it is that Ostrzenski found, but that there's limited evidence to support that it is, in fact, the G-spot. He told the news source that talk of the erogenous zone may actually be mildly distressing to some women who don't experience the mind-blowing pleasure they're apparently supposed to have during intercourse.
"There is such a huge psychology of this," said Kilchevsky, quoted by the news source. "Women who say they experience vaginal orgasms may be experiencing clitoral stimulation and not the G-spot. Finding a G-spot isn’t going to help women understand their bodies. If anything, it might upset women if they feel they can’t experience it."
Female sexual dysfunction (FSD) is characterized by persistent low sexual desire or response to stimuli, accompanied by a decreased quality of life or distress over the situation, according to the Mayo Clinic.
The new research on the G-spot may not have immediate implications for women with FSD, so they should educate themselves on the signs and treatment options available to improve sexual health.
For women who develop FSD, a physician may recommend behavioral therapy, healthy lifestyle adjustments or counseling. In more severe cases, medication, hormone therapy or steroid use may be helpful in alleviating symptoms.