Sorry to break it to you, ladies, but scientists just confirmed the oh-so-mythical G-spot is about as real as Bigfoot and mermaids. I guess that means we've been sending men on a wild G-spot chase all these years. Oopsie.

Luckily, all hope isn't lost. It turns out women's erogenous zone isn't limited to a tiny, hard to find spot; it's a lot more complex than that. According to a group of Italian doctors who've made it their business to study ... er, our business, women have a much larger "intimate area" than they'd originally thought.

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The G-spot was "discovered" by German gynecologist Ernst Grafenberg in 1950. At the time, Grafenberg claimed there was an uber sensitive area on the vaginal wall that, when stimulated, lead to orgasm. In the many decades since, several other--mostly male--researchers have contributed to the ongoing debate regarding the existence of the G-spot, many of whom, we now know, were totally wrong!   

In their article published in this month's Nature Reviews Urology, the researchers explain the female pleasure point isn't a point at all, but rather an entire "intimate area" called the clitourethrovaginal (CUV) complex, which includes the clitoris, vagina and even urethra. According to lead researcher Dr. Emmannuele A. Jannini, professor of endocrinology and sexology at Tor Vergata University in Rome, the CUV can "induce orgasmic response" when "properly stimulated."

Though my new hero Dr. Jannini doesn't go into explicit detail regarding how exactly one should go about showing their newly-discovered CUV some TLC, he does advocate that the vagina be "respected" as a sexually important and totally unique part of the female anatomy. At the end of the day, Dr. Jannini explains, every woman's CUV is different, meaning you should avoid a one-size-fits-all approach to stimulate your lady bits.

So with that in mind, my suggestion to all you ladies out there is: do whatever makes you feel good. Explore your CUV, both on your own and with your partner. Now that we know there's so much more down there than a sole pleasure point, take the time to discover new ones. Consider it a sexy little treasure hunt in which more than one X (or XXX) marks the spot. Whatever you do, just make sure you have fun, and remember: respect the vagina!

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Tanisha Love Ramirez is a freelance pop culture journalist and professional smart alek. She enjoys using breaking lifestyle and entertainment news to talk about gender, race, class, and fitness.

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