Maybe you’ve heard about this magic button in the vagina that can give women amazing orgasms. What’s going on there? Is it magic… or is it science? Join us on a hunt for the elusive G-spot. Our guides: Prof. Beverly Whipple, who introduced America to the G-spot in the 1980s, and Prof. Helen O’Connell, a urologist and expert on female sexual anatomy.
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Diagram of the Clitoris
This episode has been produced by Heather Rogers, Caitlin Kenney, Austin Mitchell, and Kaitlyn Sawrey.
Edited by Annie-Rose Strasser and Alex Blumberg. Fact Checking by Michelle Harris.
Production Assistance by Dr. Diane Wu and Shruti Ravindran.
Extra thanks to Lola Pellegrino, Andres Montoya Castillo, Rose Reid, Radio National’s Science Show — they make a podcast. It’s great.
Sound design and music production by Matthew Boll, mixed by Martin Peralta. Music written by Bobby Lord.
And be sure to check out our producer Austin Mitchell’s podcast Profiles:NYC.
- 1981 study identifying G-spot in 47 women . . . but not confirming that it leads to orgasm
Perry and Whipple, “Pelvic Muscle Strength of Female Ejaculators: Evidence in Support of a New Theory of Orgasm,” The Journal of Sex Research, 1981. Note: not freely available.
- Report of the first modern dissection of the clitoris
O’Connell et al, “Anatomical relationship between urethra and clitoris,” Journal of Urology, 1998.
- Everything besides the clitoris is just a shade of gray in the MRI
O’Connell et al, “Clitoral anatomy in nulliparous, healthy, premenopausal volunteers using unenhanced magnetic resonance imaging,” Journal of Urology, 2005.
- Comprehensive account of clitoris anatomy
O’Connell et al, “Anatomy of the clitoris,” Journal of Urology, 2005.
- Review of research on the G-Spot and cliteralurethrovaginal complex
Jannini et al, “Beyond the G-Spot: clitourethrovaginal complex anatomy in female orgasm,” Nature Reviews Urology, 2014. Note: not freely available.