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No pressure, the G-spot may not exist

WHAT an anti-climax. It’s just a figment of your imagination.

Now, men no longer have to fumble around in bed looking for their partner’s mysterious G-spot.

It doesn’t exist, according to a study by British scientists.

The scientists at King’s College London who carried out the study claim there is no evidence for the existence of the G-spot – supposedly a cluster of internal nerve endings – outside the imagination of women influenced by magazines and sex therapists, Sunday Times reported.

The study surveyed more than 1,800 British women.

Said Mr Tim Spector, professor of genetic epidemiology, who co-authored the research: “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.

“This is by far the biggest study ever carried out and it shows fairly conclusively that the idea of a G-spot is subjective.”

In the study, 1,804 women aged between 23 and 83 filled in questionnaires, Daily Mail reported.

All were pairs of identical or non-identical twins.

While identical twins share all their genes, non-identical ones share only half.

The study suggested that the G-spot is a matter of a woman’s subjective opinion, Sunday Times quoted the study as saying.

If one identical twin reported having a G-spot, this would make it far more likely that her sister would give the same answer.

But no such pattern emerged.

No need for inadequacy

While 56 per cent of women overall claimed to have a G-spot, they tended to be younger and more sexually active.

Identical twins were no more likely to share the characteristic than non-identical twins.

Ms Andrea Burri, who led the research, said she was anxious to remove feelings of “inadequacy or underachievement” that might affect women who feared they lacked a G-spot.

She said: “It is rather irresponsible to claim the existence of an entity that has never really been proven and pressurise women – and men, too.”

Dr Gedis Grudzinskas, consultant gynaecologist at London Bridge Hospital, told the Daily Mail: “I think this study proves the difference between popular science and biological or anatomical science.”

The G-spot is named after a German scientist Ernst Gräfenberg, who claimed to have discovered it in 1950. It was popularised by Beverly Whipple, emeritus professor at Rutgers University, New Jersey, in 1981.

Professor Whipple said she found G-spots in a study of 400 women, and described the new British study as “flawed”.

She has also written a number of books on the phenomenon.

However, the quest to find the G-spot will not be abandoned.

The Journal of Sexual Medicine, which will publishing the work next week, is planning a debate, with publication of research from the pro and anti G-spot camps.

This article was first published in The New Paper.

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