From women’s magazines, to TV shows, to sex toy companies, there’s a lot of chatter about G-spots. But the elusive erogenous zone isn’t the only internal pleasure spot for people with vulvas. Far from it. While many think of the clitoris as a small, sensitive nubbin at the top of the vulva, it actually extends about five inches inside of the body. A wishbone-shaped area that reaches back into the abdomen, even internal orgasms are technically clitoral-based. That’s because deep inside this clitoral structure, there are multiple pleasure spots — though it’s best to think of them as zones, as their position varies among different bodies. Ahead, we’ll break down three internal pleasure spots: G-spot, A-spot and C-spot.
The G-spot was coined by sex researchers in the early 1980s. Named after the German physician and scientist Ernst Gräfenberg, it describes a sensitive bean-shaped spot inside the vagina that, when stimulated, could arouse physical and emotional pleasure. But since its discovery, there have been a lot of inquiries. Not all sexologists agree that it exists, and even those who believe it’s a real thing acknowledge that its size, position and sensation vary among people with vulvas. So what is it?
What is the G-spot?
The G-spot is not an anatomically specific structure but rather a sensitive zone located on the distal anterior (belly side) vaginal wall. It’s an area of rigid tissue that swells when aroused. When stimulated, it might initially feel like you need to urinate. That’s because the G-spot consists of a collection of glandular tissue that surrounds the urethral sponge. With firm pressure strokes, by either a finger, penis, strap-on or sex toy, the need to urinate can change to a sensation of deep, full pleasure. Many of the people who experience vaginal orgasms do so when their G-spot is stimulated.
How do you find the G-spot?
The G-spot isn’t always easy to find and can exist in slightly different areas for different people. The zone is pronounced during arousal, as the spot can swell to the size of a quarter. To find the G-spot, enter a finger, penis or sex toy along the front of the vaginal wall, on the belly side, approximately one to two knuckles in. Penetrate into the vagina and, if using fingers, do a “come hither” motion toward the front of the body and lift up toward the belly button. Many internal vaginal sex toys already have a curved shape to help explore the G-spot. In the Bloomi marketplace, pleasure toys like Lora DiCarlo’s Drift Warming G-Spot Vibrator ($95), LELO’s Gigi 2 G-Spot Vibrator ($139) and Dame’s Arc G-Spot Vibrator ($115) are sculpted for G-spot exploration and pleasure.
The A-spot is an erogenous zone located further up into the vaginal canal, above the G-spot.
What is the A-spot?
The Anterior Fornix Erogenous zone, or colloquially called the A-spot, is an area of enhanced pleasurable sensitivity located deep on the anterior, or belly side, of the vagina, past the G-spot and close to the cervix. The A-spot is longer and less defined than the G-spot, but, like the latter, when stimulated it can induce a deep, pleasurable experience that can result in an orgasm.
How do you find the A-spot?
Unlike the G-spot, the A-spot can be easily stimulated during penetration. Because this zone is about two inches deeper in the vagina than the G-spot, it might be hard to reach with a finger. As such, it’s best to experiment with a partner (someone with a penis or strap-on) or sex toy that’s at least 5 inches long. Consider Lora DiCarlo’s Sway Warming G-Spot or Anal Vibrator ($150) or Intimina’s Raya Personal Massager ($39.95). While it’s easier to reach the A-spot through vaginal insertion, this pleasure zone can also be stimulated through anal penetration.
If you’re unfamiliar with the C-spot, you’re not alone. This erogenous zone rarely makes it to sex ed books, articles or classrooms. But after learning about the C-spot (the C stands for cervix), you’ll want to explore it.
What is the C-spot?
The C-spot is positioned at the deepest part of your vaginal canal at the lowest part of the uterus. The ectocervix, which is the external part of the cervix, feels like a firm rubbery wall. When stimulated, it can induce a feeling of deep pressure that may lead to an orgasm. Again, everyone’s body is different. Deep penetration of the cervix might be enjoyable for some, while others might find it uncomfortable.
How do you find the C-spot?
The cervix is the lower part of the uterus that connects to the vagina. As such, to find the C-spot, you need to insert a penis, strap-on or sex toy (a finger might not reach) into the deepest spot of your vaginal canal at the lowest part of the uterus. Depending on your body, it could be three to six inches back. While you might be able to reach the C-spot with most G-spot pleasure toys, there are some positions that increase cervical stimulation. For instance, any position that allows for deep penetration, like doggy style, riding or missionary, can help stimulate the C-spot.
What about the other C-spot?
Sometimes, the clitoris is also described as the C-spot. When it is, sexologists are usually referring to the external part of clitoris, that little bump at the anterior apex of the vulva. This C-spot is the most sensitive part of the entire clitoral structure. Because of this, most people are able to orgasm through external stimulation of this C-spot. There are a series of pleasure toys designed to trigger different, exhilarating sensations for clitoral orgasms. Find clitoris stimulators like Dame’s Fin Vibrator ($74.95), LELO’s Sona 2 ($99) and LELO’s Ora 3 ($169) at the Bloomi marketplace.
A final note
Again — because it bears repeating over, and over, and over again — our bodies are not identical. A spot penetrated can induce an orgasm in one person and pain, discomfort or nothing in another. At the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter what spots you’re stimulating as long as you’re feeling pleasure. Through partnered or solo play, explore different internal and external zones and identify where you experience sexual sensitivity.