X MARKS THE SPOTS

Do women re­ally have plea­sure points that can trig­ger the ul­ti­mate or­gasm? The old de­bate takes a brand new turn.

India Today - - LIVING - By Da­mayanti Datta

Tough luck, women, anatomy is destiny for you. Or so we have been told. Women have lit­tle testos­terone, those rag­ing hor­mones that drive men to­ward sex, vi­o­lence, sta­tus and power. In­stead, women ooze the emo­tional es­tro­gen that makes them moody at best and whiny at worst. Women’s cru­cial sex or­gan is in their brain, sci­en­tists claim, stim­u­lated by a net­work of emo­tional and re­la­tion­ship- based fac­tors dur­ing sex, rather than the sim­ple phys­i­cal cues that men re­quire. Hence, women want love, while men want sex.

For the last 62 years, a de­bate has been rag­ing: Do women have eroge­nous zones that have got noth­ing to do with the mind? In 1950, Dr Ernst Grafen­berg, a Ger­man gy­nae­col­o­gist, claimed to have dis­cov­ered one such plea­sure spot— a tiny area hid­den within the vagina that could de­liver a pow­er­ful fe­male or­gasm.

But even 14 years af­ter the pharma love- pill, Vi­a­gra, was de­signed to help men get a grip over their flag­ging li­bido, the route to fe­male sex­ual sat­is­fac­tion re­mains paved with de­nial. The plea­sure spot re­mained no­to­ri­ously elu­sive. Sci­en­tists and doc­tors doubted its ex­is­tence as some kind of a me­dia hype. It took 31 years even to get a name for it: The G- spot, af­ter Grafen­berg. Two years ago, re­searchers at King’s Col­lege London con­cluded that the G- spot was a fig­ment of imag­i­na­tion. Last year, Yale sci­en­tists as­serted that there was no sci­en­tific ev­i­dence for such a thing as a G- spot.

Yet, fe­male eroge­nous zones re­fused to dis­ap­pear from col­lec­tive imag­i­na­tion or sci­en­tific cu­rios­ity. In April this year, US gy­nae­col­o­gist Dr Adam Ostrzen­ski wrote in the Jour­nal of Sex­ual Medicine that he had found the G- spot. The pos­si­ble rea­son be­hind its am­bigu­ous pres­ence could be that it’s tiny, just half the size of a fin­ger­nail.

What’s more, G- spot is not the only one. More eroge­nous spots are be­ing dis­cov­ered in the fe­male anatomy. Sci­en­tists are now talk­ing about the “A- spot” and the “U- spot”. Given that the pharma in­dus­try has not come up with a Vi­a­gra- like chem­i­cal fix for women, it’s timely, too. As more and more women go public about their need for sex­ual plea­sure, the in­abil­ity to achieve or­gasm is the most com­mon com­plaint doc­tors get to hear now.

A word or warn­ing: The key to fe­male or­gasm will have to be earned. Sci­en­tists cau­tion that men and women need coach­ing to find the spots to en­joy what, it now seems, na­ture has granted women, too.

REUBEN SINGH/ www. in­di­a­to­day­im­ages. com

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