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Good to Know: What Does the “G” in “G-Spot” Stand for?

Good to Know: What Does the “G” in “G-Spot” Stand for?

Recently, gynecologist Adam Ostrzenski managed to prove the existence of the G-spot, that appears to be a blue grape-like structure located deep beneath five layers of vaginal tissue in the upper, anterior part of the vagina.

Although the structure of the mysterious G-spot has just been discovered, it was German gynecologist Ernst Gräfenberg who already studied the erogenous zone in the early 1940’s.

The Jewish doctor was born in Adelebsen, in 1881. In his thirties he started working as a gynecologist in Berlin and soon became head of the department of gynaecology and obstetrics in the Berlin-Britz municipal hospital. In 1929, he published his studies of the “Gräfenberg ring”, the first known intrauterine device (IUD).

When Nazism assumed power, Gräfenberg was forced to resign. As he had treated wives of high Nazi officials, he thought he would be safe and stayed in Germany. He was wrong, in 1937 he got arrested. After three years in prison, Margaret Sanger, an American birth control activist, paid a ransom for his release. He then went to New York City, where he established another successful practice.

Gräfenberg started investigating “urethral stimulation”, and in 1950 he published the article “The role of the urethra in female orgasm”, in which he describes that an erogenous zone can be found on the anterior wall of the vagina along the course of the urethra. The name of this zone was coined in 1981 by the authors of the paper “Female Ejaculation: a case study”: the Gräfenberg-spot or G-spot.

However, Gräfenberg doesn’t deserve all credits for the discovery of the G-spot. It was Dutch physician Reinier de Graaf, who in the 17th century already referred to the erogenous area as well as to female ejaculation.

Source: Wikipedia, Today I Found Out

Addiego, F., Belzer, E., Comolli, J., Moger, W., Perry, J., & Whipple, B. (1981). Female ejaculation: A case study Journal of Sex Research, 17 (1), 13-21 DOI: 10.1080/00224498109551094

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