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Finding the Elusive G

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Lots of folks tend to think of female orgasms as elusive and unpredictable. Sometimes it happens, sometimes it doesn't, and no one (often including the woman herself) really knows why. And historically, women's sexual pleasure - and in fact, women's health - has been mightily overlooked by science.

That's why today's article in the LA Times is so groundbreaking, and very exciting for those of us who think that women should get as much regular pleasure from doing the horizontal mambo as men do. Rather than being completely random and mysterious, it appears as though there are physical variations in women's anatomy that might lead to different sexual experiences. Namely, the existence, or lack thereof, of a G-spot:

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...recent research points to another stumble on the road to G-spot utopia: Whatever a G spot is, not every woman may have one.

As it turns out, what we've introduced to the common vernacular as the "G-spot" (named after Dr. Ernst Gräfenberg, who first discovered it's potential in 1950) may be not so much a "spot," but the combination of thicker erectile tissue in the vaginal lining and the existence of glands in that area. In utero, this area may have been the beginning of what would have become a prostate gland, had the embryo grown into a male.

The fact that not all women have these anatomical traits is likely behind the difficulty some women experience in getting off from G-spot stimulation. Makes sense - no spot, no stimulation.

But women who haven't experienced G-spot orgasms need not worry:

"A woman without the so-called G-spot is perfectly normal," [Emmanuele Jannini, professor of experimental medicine at University of L'Aquila in Italy] says.

A refreshing quote, because the last thing we want is for this heartwarming research to lead us down the too-common road - for women, anyway - of "her body is better/more normal/more desirable than mine." And besides, like sexual preferences, kinks, fetishes, etc., everyone gets off differently. Here's to the fun of figuring it out!