Right along with the Loch Ness Monster and Miley Cyrus's relationship status, there's speculation as to whether the anterior fornix erogenous zone (the less sexy name for the "A-spot") is a thing. "Since women report sensitivity in this area, some researchers believe it's a pleasure zone," says Yvonne K. Fulbright, Ph.D. and author of The Better Sex Guide to Extraordinary Lovemaking.
Those experts think that striking A-spot gold can give you the most massive, long-lasting orgasm yet, says Fulbright. And because we truly care about your Os, we set out to get the scoop.
The A-spot is found deep inside the vagina, just a few inches past the G-spot between the cervix and the bladder. Apparently, stroking this area can help women get wetter faster. "It’s made up of a patch of sensitive tissue that lubricates when stimulated," says Ava Cadell, Ph.D., certified sex counselor and founder of Loveology. You can locate it the same way you would with a G-spot. A good rule of thumb is to find the G-spot [with your finger] (beginner directions here) and then go deeper, she says. If you continue to hit that spot just right, you’ll get an intense orgasm that lasts about 20 seconds longer than any other one. Cadell says that hitting the A-spot should feel similar to the G-spot, wihtout the need-to-pee sensation. Interesting.
But not everyone is on board with the A-spot’s existence. "I’ve never seen any proof anatomically of the existence of the spot," says Mary Jane Minkin, M.D., clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Yale School of Medicine. Though she says that there are some areas of the vagina that are more sensitive than others, she can't define one spot in your hoo-ha as crazy-orgasm central.
Another theory: That stimulation women feel deep inside is actually coming from the cervix (see: the C-spot), not the anterior fornix, says Leah Millheiser, M.D., director of the female sexual medicine program at Stanford University's School of Medicine. The nerves in the pelvic area responsible for orgasms supply the fibers found in the cervix, and when the cervix (or the area around it) is stimulated, those nerves activate sexual arousal, she says.
How to Bring Your A Game
Sure, there are mixed opinions as to whether the spot exists, but if you’re a little curious (and why wouldn’t you be?), there’s no harm in giving it a go. Since it’s deeper than the G-spot, it may take a little effort and exploration, says Cadell. But the payoff is major.
Fulbright suggests inserting your index finger and gently stroking halfway up the front wall in an in-and-out motion. As you become lubricated, the strokes should become longer, with the finger running along the entire length of the vaginal wall, says Fulbright. You can also use a curved wand vibrator to access this area—but take it slow, she says. "Make sure that you're turned on before you start to poke around up there," says Fulbright.
If you’re trying to nail this spot during intercourse, Cadell says you can successfully achieve it with doggy style and missionary sex positions. If you're doing the latter, prop a pillow up under your butt to get his penis angled up towards your cervix, she says.
Proceed with Caution
Like with any new sex trick, achieving this O requires tons of patience and persistence, so take it easy! And since this treasure hunt leads deep inside the vagina, you may find it uncomfortable at first. If that's the case and you still feel like exploring, Cadell recommends giving it a few tries before throwing in the towel. Keep in mind that every woman is different, so it's possible that it might not happen for you. While it's fun to go on a scavenger hunt for mind-blowing Os, don't feel bad if you can't retrieve this one. There are plenty more to be had in your favorite sex position.