Illustration by Kristen Barnhart
by Gigi Engle
Have you ever felt a deep, intensely pleasurable feeling way inside the vagina during anal or vaginal sex? Or perhaps deep penetration with a toy feels particularly good? It’s likely that you’re stimulating the A-spot. This elusive pleasure center—technically known as the anterior fornix erogenous zone—is only recently getting its time in the sun. We are here to let it shine.
Before we get into the finer points of the A-spot, we should first acknowledge that while many sexologists (including myself) and doctors have concluded that this spot does exist, this determination is not unanimous. The A-spot, much like the G-spot, is still contested among doctors and women’s health experts. Dr. Natasha Bhuyan, primary care physician at One Medical, tells the Horizontal that it’s really “just a theory.”
That being said, there is a lot of evidence to suggest the existence of the A-spot. Here is everything you need to know.
What is the A-spot?
“The A-spot is an erogenous zone in the vagina that can bring you to orgasm, multiple times, according to women who have found its location,” says Dr. Sherry Ross, a women’s health expert and author of She-ology: The Definitive Guide to Women’s Intimate Health. Period.
The A-spot is part of the internal clitoris. Yes, there is even more clitoris than you might have guessed! The entire clitoris goes below the surface of the labia, extending into the abdomen. The clitoral glans, the part you can see on the outside of the vulva, is just the tip of the iceberg. There are internal wings and bulbs!
Here is a visual:
The A-spot is the very, very end of the internal clitoris. “The A-spot is located just above the cervix, on the anterior surface of the vagina,” Ross says. It’s on the vaginal wall just before you reach the cervix.
But how do you find it?
Finding the A-spot requires the curiosity to go deep into your own vagina and actually feel what’s going on in there. “You find it by gently placing two (clean!) fingers inside your vagina and feeling all the way to the back, until you hit a hard spot at the back,” says Lucy Rowett, a certified sex coach and clinical sexologist. “This is your cervix. Now gently feel around this area with some firmness and notice what you feel. You may feel some fullness, or you may notice some pleasant sensations.”
Using pressure is important here.The vagina itself has very few touch-sensitive nerve endings. What it does have is pressure-sensitive nerve endings: You’ll need to push and firmly touch the area to ignite feelings of pleasure.
What’s up with the A-spot and anal?
It seems like practically the only time the A-spot gets its due is when people talk about the benefits and pleasurable aspects of anal sex. Well, the rumors are true: This area of the clitoris can, in fact, be stimulated during anal sex. This is one of the reasons you may have clitoris-owning friends who love anal sex so much, and even experience orgasms during it. Have you ever read Charlotte Roche’s Wetlands? There is a monologue in which the main character, Helen, talks about how her best, most intense orgasms happen during deep anal sex. That girl was definitely stimulating her A-spot and had no idea.
The A-spot can also be indirectly stimulated through the area between the vagina and the rectum, Ross explains. Basically, the vaginal wall and rectum are only separated by a thin layer of tissue. So, when some people have anal sex (or anal play), the toy or penis pushes against the rectal wall, activating the A-spot.
Finding the A-spot for yourself
Exploring your own body is a must for all vulva-owning humans. You don’t need to have intercourse to get this area fired up, and not everyone enjoys or even feels A-spot stimulation. So it’s best to find the A-spot yourself before trying it with your partner.
“If you're new to exploring internal stimulation, it's super important to go slow and gentle,” Rowett says. “Some people think that playing with the G-spot or A-spot isn't for them because they've had partners who've tried to go too hard and fast, when what you need to begin with is slow pressure.”
How will you know if you’re having an A-spot orgasm? Stimulation of the area often results in multiple intense orgasms, Ross says, and unlike clitoral or G-spot orgasms, the recovery time between orgasms is much less.
Have we piqued your interest yet?