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Finding the G-Spot : A doctor puts findings in a study

By Yukio Strachan     Apr 25, 2012 in Health
The mysterious G-spot — the supposedly erotic pleasure center that when coaxed heightens a woman's sexual response, has been found by a surgeon who claims to have held the G-spot in his hands, MSNBC reports.
Gynecologist and surgeon Adam Ostrzenski of the Institute of Gynecology Inc. in St. Petersburg, Fla., reports in an online article in the Journal of Sexual Medicine today that it's the first anatomic evidence of the G spot, which has been the subject of controversy for decades.
“I am close to putting the putting the controversy to rest completely,” Ostrzenski tells MSNBC.
If he’s correct, Science News states, the discovery might help pave the way for therapies to treat female sexual dysfunction, he says.
If Ostrzenski has indeed located the anatomical G-spot, WebMD asks, why hasn't anybody else found it?
His said his long career as a gynecologic surgeon taught him that textbooks often are inaccurate about the details of female sexual anatomy thus leading other researchers to possibly look in the wrong place.
Some experts express doubts
Yet several respected sex researchers, Science News reports, including Beverly Whipple, one of the researchers who helped name the G-spot in 1982, have another theory as why no one has found it: she's not so sure that he's found it.
“I have no idea what this thing is that he found,” says Whipple, a sex researcher and professor emerita at Rutgers University.
Their skepticism is not unwarranted. It's not the fact that the study was conducted on a 83 year old woman and that the structure he found could be unique to her. Nor is it the fact that Ostrzenski performed no other analysis to determine that the tissue he found really does what he claims.
But it is the fact that the new research was carried out on 1 woman: One – dead – woman.
To find the G-spot, Ostrzenski dissected the vaginal wall of an 83-year-old woman who had died of a head injury less than 24 hours earlier.
“The entire spot is very tiny,” Ostrzenski says, according to Science News. Within a sac of connective tissue, he found bluish, grapelike clusters of tissue connected at the lower end to a ropelike structure.
When he saw the grapelike clusters, “immediately I knew this was an erectile type of tissue,” he says. That is important because stimulation of the G-spot has been reported to cause swelling of the vaginal wall.
"As an erectile body, this structure is causing elevation of the [front of the] vaginal wall at the beginning of the sexual excitement," Ostrzenski told WebMD.
But experts say that's part of the problem. When in 1950 German physician Dr. Ernst Grafenberg, whom the term is named after, described finding a surprisingly sensitive spot inside the vagina near the urethra, the women were alive.
The LA Times reports, " A medical article detailed his effortless demonstrations of the existence of this "distinct erotogenic zone" -- and the not-unexpected consequences of stimulating such a zone -- in his own patients."
"Who is to say that this thing they found on her dissection was the center of pelvic pleasure?" asks Elena Ratner, MD, assistant professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive medicine at Yale University, according to WebMD.
Even more dismissive of Ostrzenski's claim is sex therapist Leonore Tiefer, PhD, clinical associate professor of psychiatry at New York University Medical Center.
"We can conclude absolutely nothing from this paper since we know nothing about the sexual life of the dead woman," Tiefer tells WebMD via email.
The Dark side of G-spot
The problems don't stop there. Some specialists claim that the search for the G-spot has led to unnecessary anxiety among women and their partners.
Dr. Rachel Pauls, a uro-gynecologist at Cincinnati’s Good Samaritan Hospital told back in 2008, "I see patients looking for the G-spot, and they come to see the doctor because they are so upset they cannot find it.”
MSNBC says that "many women who’ve come to believe the G-spot is real say they can’t find it, or that they don’t have it. They worry they’re doing something wrong, or that they are defective in some way, and missing out on sexual pleasure."
“Lots of women feel almost as though it is their fault,” they can’t find it, Amichai Kilchevsky, a urologist at Yale University said to MSNBC at the time. “Men are upset they can’t stimulate it for their partners.
The real key to sexual satisfaction
While Ostrzenski admits that he needs to gather more evidence and to conduct further studies, experts in the field do agree on one aspect.
Says Dr. Yvonne Kristín Fulbright, sex educator and author: "At the end of the day, the key to sexual satisfaction is not in worrying about which hot spots you don’t have, but learning how to fire up the ones you do!"
Brian Alexander, co-author, with Larry Young PhD., of "The Chemistry Between Us: Love Sex and the Science of Attraction," agrees.
"After all, women and their sexual partners don’t have to pay any attention at all to the G-spot. All they have to do is figure out what feels good, and do it."
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