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2010

The G-spot: is it a myth?

Scientists at the Twin Research and Genetic Epidemiology Unit, led by Andrea Burri and Professor Tim Spector, have published a study in The Journal of Sexual Medicine claiming that there is no evidence for the existence of the G-spot —a cluster of nerve endings believed to offer increased sexual pleasure to women.

1,804 female twins aged 22–83 completed a questionnaire which included questions about female sexuality and asked about the presence or absence of a G-spot. It was the largest study ever on the subject, and the first to ask if there was an underlying genetic basis to the existence of the G-spot.

56 per cent of respondents to the study claimed to have a G-spot, but identical twins were no more likely to share the characteristic than non-identical twins, suggesting that women’s experience of the G-spot is subjective, and that there is no physical or physiological basis for it.

“Women may argue that having a G-spot is due to diet or exercise, but in fact it is virtually impossible to find real traits,” said Professor Spector , who co-authored the research. “This is by far the biggest study ever carried out and it shows fairly conclusively that the idea of a G-spot is subjective.”

Andrea Burri, who led the research, said she was anxious to remove feelings of “inadequacy or underachievement” which might affect women who feared they lacked a G-spot, adding: “It is rather irresponsible to claim the existence of an entity that has never really been proven and pressurise women — and men, too.”

Further information

Genetic and Environmental Influences on self-reported G-Spots in Women: A Twin Study (abstract)

Twin Research and Genetic Epidemiology Unit
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