Do women have a G-spot? You asked Google – here’s the answer | Nichi Hodgson

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The G-spot. Today, we know it as that elusive amplifier of female sexual pleasure to which sex toy manufacturers and women’s magazines pay endless homage. But for most of the 20th century, it was the only potential part of the human anatomy that managed to simultaneously exist and not, depending on which scientific research you consulted: a case of Schrödinger’s pussy, if you will.

An accidental discovery (as all the best are, aren’t they?), the G-spot was first officially observed by Eric Gräfenberg, a German gynaecologist who had invented the IUD. Gräfenberg had been researching the role of the urethra on female orgasm when he had noted “an erotic zone … on the anterior wall of the vagina along the course of the urethra”, which could produce intense arousal and orgasm in its owners when stimulated.

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