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G-Spot Amnesia or 350 Years to Rediscovery?

Why do we keep discovering and forgetting the female prostate gland?

As a sexuality and fertility educator and coach, I spend a lot of time talking to other sex-perts. One of my favorites is sexologist Ellen Heed, who is a bit of a sex nerd. Ellen is all about how science meets touch. She studies sexual history like no one I know. Recently she researched and came up with a documented timeline for the currently newly discovered G-Spot in women. The G-Spot, or female prostate, is a place of pleasure inside a woman's vagina that some experts are still busy debating whether it exists.

So, as I did in my last blog 'Many Shades of Grey: Reclaiming Humanistic Sex Therapy”, let's go back in time and trace sexual history! Only this time, let's look at Ellen Heed's timeline of “The Female Prostate."

1672 -  Dutch anatomist Regnier de Graaf describes the female prostate noting many ejaculatory glands and ducts. It all but disappears from the annals of anatomical history.

1880 - Dr. Alexander Skene discovers two glands that emit prostatic fluid next to the urethra and terms them "vestigial."

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1944 - Dr. Enrst Grafenberg collaborates with Ob/Gyn Robert Dickenson, M.D., to describe "a zone of erogenous feeling located along the suburethral surface of the anterior vaginal wall."

1981- The Federation of Feminist Women's Health Center publishes A New View of a Woman's Body, which redefines the clitoris to include erectile tissue extending deep into the pelvis, including many paraurethral glands, and also illustrates female ejaculation.

1982- Labas, Whipple, and Perry publish The G-Spot, naming this "new" discovery after the work of Dr. Grafenberg.

1986 -Josephine Lowncles Sevely publishes Eve's Secrets, based on a 10-year Harvard-funded study of female sexuality. She includes the female prostate as part of a redefined, fully functional sex organ, similar in size and structure to a penis.

1982-1999 - Slovakian anatomical researcher Dr. Milan Zaviacic studies the female prostate in detail, proving its functionality, including enzyme and hormone production.

2001 - the Federative International Committee on Anatomical Terminology agrees to support the term "female prostate." A "new" gland is born (again)!

2003 - Deborah Sundahl publishes Female Ejaculation and the G-Spot, a thorough investigation into the mysteries of female sexual response, including telling women how to monitor and regulate their many phases of arousal.

2012 - Former midwife and sex educator Sheri Winston publishes Women's Anatomy of Arousal, the most complete book to date covering the full story of female arousal. The book wins the AASECT Book of the Year award.

So there it is, 350 years of discovering and forgetting the female prostate, currently called the "G-Spot."  Woman can ejaculate just like men. We have been doing it for a very long time, well before the first man decided to write about it 350 years ago.

What is it about female bodies that are so powerful and amazing that we keep trying to bury it, only to have it emerge as another great, big, new discovery? That is, until vaginas scare our society again into another wave of female genital amnesia. What is it? And this legacy of female genital amnesia continues to hurt women, as they keep having to re-learn and rediscover their own bodies in a sea of uncertainity. Women, just like men, need a strong foundation of body knowledege on which to stand on. Isn't it about time we gave them that with no question marks?

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To learn more about Pamela Madsen's sexuality coaching practice, her "Back To The Body Retreats for Women", Her Book, Shameless: How I Ditched The Diet, Got Naked, Found True Pleasure and Somehow Got Home in Time to Cook Dinner (Rodale), please visit her website: http://www.beingshameless.com

Pamela Madsen is a fertility/sex educator, blogger, author of Shameless and founder of The American Fertility Association.

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