Wednesday, January 6, 2010

G or No G

For years now, it's been a popular belief that women have an instant orgasm button called a "G-spot" somewhere in the delicate caverns of their luscious vaginae. This was probably a healthier alternative to the previously held belief that women can't experience orgasms at all due to demons blocking their genital nerve endings with tiny pitchforks. But the medical evidence for the existence of the G-spot has always been a little suspect. At first, it was thought to be an actual button of flesh, like a second clitoris. Others thought it was a particularly dense bundle of nerves. People tried to take pictures of it, but they all came out blurry or inconclusive. The most famous photograph of all was eventually revealed as a hoax taken by a British dentist in his bathtub. It wasn't really a G-spot at all, but simply the dome of his penis poking its way out of a small hill of soap bubbles. In hindsight, we all should have been a little more skeptical. And now, a team of scientists at King's College London have published a study that concludes the whole G-spot phenomenon is a lie. They interviewed sets of twins and found that identical twins were no more likely to both report having a G-spot than non-identical twins. Of course, this study may be flawed. For example, the researchers failed to ask these twins to search for each others' G-spots, film said search, and post the videos to RedTube for further study. How else do they expect to encourage peer review? Anyway, neurologist Dr. Steve Novella has a science-based breakdown of the study over at his blog, including a couple of hypotheses as to what the G-spot might really be all about. And you can find more details about the study here.