It has proved frustratingly elusive for more than 70 years, but
scientists say they have finally worked out why men can’t find the
‘G-spot’ – it isn’t there.
Doctors say there’s no proof women have a small, super-sensitive region
that could create particularly powerful orgasms when aroused.
The erogenous zone was named after German gynaecologist Ernst
Gräfenberg, who first suggested the existence of a dense network of
nerve endings in the 1950s. But a new study of 17 middle-aged women has
found no evidence of such a spot, but ‘a fairly even distribution’ of
Although Dr Gräfenberg – who also invented the IUD coil contraceptive –
suggested the existence of the zone, he was too modest to name it after
The expression was coined by American sexologists in the 1980s and
quickly gained popularity – as well as spawning a new way of marketing
sex toys and treatments.
Even though it had been discussed for decades, the first evidence for
the existence of the G-spot came just eight years ago, following the
examination of a single 83-year-old woman. The man who published that
discovery subsequently invented a procedure dubbed a ‘G-spotplasty’
intended to increase sexual satisfaction, despite scepticism from some
Although G-spot therapies have become a multi-million dollar business,
Devan Stahl, from Michigan State University, has said there is
‘virtually no evidence that these therapies work outside a placebo
And those who believe the G-spot is a myth say the notion makes women
feel needlessly insecure. A survey for Cosmopolitan magazine found half
of women feel inadequate or frustrated feeling others can orgasm in a
way they can’t.
It also found that 22 per cent of men said finding the woman’s G-spot is the number one goal of sex.
Since the 2012 report, several other studies have failed to produce conclusive evidence a single G-spot exists.