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The G-spot, Explained

The G-spot can seem like a mythological being: a mysterious part of vaginal anatomy known to unlock intense pleasure and even ejaculation or squirting for the lucky few who come across it. According to research from Durex, “Where is the G-spot?” was the most googled sex question in 2017. Countless products cater to this zone, from G-spot sex toys to workshops to $1,800 G-spot shots that allegedly enhance pleasure.

What is the G-spot?

The G-spot is a sponge-like area located a few inches inside the vagina along the upper wall that can, in some people, lead to sensations that feel different from those in the surrounding tissue during penetration. Even though it’s called a spot, it’s more of a zone, and its exact placement varies with anatomy. While many think that the G-spot is an entirely separate area for vaginal stimulation, it’s actually an extension of the clitoris.

The G-spot is named after Ernst Gräfenberg, a German physician known for developing the IUD as a form of birth control and studying the role of the urethra in orgasms for people with vulvas. The first time “G-spot” was used as the name for this part was in The G-spot and Other Recent Discoveries About Human Sexuality, a controversial bestseller written in 1982 by Alice Kahn Ladas, Beverly Whipple, and John D. Perry.

How to Find the G-spot

The best way to find the G-spot is with your fingers (or someone else’s). With clean hands and a touch of lube, reach two fingers into the vaginal canal with your palm facing up. Feel for the G-spot a few inches in with the pads of your fingers by making a come-hither motion. Texturally, the G-spot feels a little different from the surrounding walls of the vagina and is often described as sponge-like. In some vaginas it’s closer to the surface of the vaginal wall, in others it takes more pressure to feel, and in others it’s harder to detect.

Sometimes the G-spot is talked about like it’s a magic orgasm button for squirting, but whether or not G-spot stimulation is pleasurable or might lead to orgasm or ejaculation varies from person to person. If you’d like to stimulate a G-spot — yours or someone else’s — check in first. Pleasure from G-spot stimulation is deeply individual and depends on whether or not a person actually wants or likes the way it feels. Not enjoying G-spot stimulation just means there are lots of other places to explore.