Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

St. Petersburg doctor sets off uproar over claim of G spot discovery

ST. PETERSBURG — The decades-long search for the G spot, considered by many to be the holy grail of women's sexual pleasure, has reached the Sunshine City.

Dr. Adam Ostrzenski, a semiretired gynecologist with an office on Central Avenue, said he discovered it last fall during a postmortem exam of an 83-year-old woman at a university in his native Poland.

His findings, detailed in an article published Wednesday in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, have brought him worldwide attention, from the Los Angeles Times to the British Broadcasting Corp. His phone has been ringing nearly nonstop. He's flying to New York in a few days to appear on the popular TV show The View.

Is the 71-year-old physician reveling in this burst of fame?

"Honestly, I don't like it," he said.

But isn't the attention to his life's work a good thing?

"It also takes me away from my work," he said Wednesday afternoon, conducting what he said was his 57th media interview.

At his St. Petersburg practice, the Institute of Gynecology, he performs reconstructive and cosmetic gynecological procedures. He says he has developed seven new techniques for vaginal rejuvenation. His website lists workshops for physicians and procedures such as vaginoplasty, G-Spotplasty, and thin and thick labia labioplasty.

His daughter, general practioner Kasia Ostrzenska, said that while in surgery, many times he has observed a vaginal tissue structure that he wanted to know more about, and this helped prompt the study.

He traveled last September to Poland, where regulations permit dissection of human remains soon after death, when it's easier to see fine distinctions in tissue.

He said he peeled back the six layers of the cadaver's vaginal wall and found a sac structure between the fifth and sixth layers that housed grape-like clusters of erectile tissue.

The dissection took seven hours for the Poland-trained physician and anatomist, who said he was inspired by the first principles of medicine — "first you have to establish the anatomy.'' If confirmed by further investigation, he said, he hopes his finding will help rewrite anatomy books.

He plans to return to Poland in May for additional studies.

Some in his field are cheering him. Isolating a unique structure capable of boosting women's orgasmic powers should lay to rest the doubts of those who question its existence, said Dr. Andrew Goldstein, sexual medicine specialist and director of the Centers for Vulvovaginal Disorders in Annapolis, Md.

And while the psychological aspects of female desire get more attention, Ostrzenski's report recognizes that "women have anatomy issues that contribute to their sexual problems," said Dr. Michael Krychman, director of the Southern California Center for Sexual Health. "There are remedies — physical remedies — that can be brought to bear on those."

Others see fatal flaws in the study and are busily preparing scientific rebuttals.

Beverly Whipple is the Rutgers University sexologist who popularized the name "G spot" as coauthor of a 1982 book on the subject. She's among critics complaining that his study doesn't point out research on the complexity of the female orgasm.

"No, there's not an 'it'," Whipple said. "It is not one entity."

Nor, she and her colleagues say, did Ostrzenski show that the G spot he found has nerve endings or that it has any role in female sexual arousal.

Ostrzenski agrees his study was small and limited and requires more inquiry. He understands the negative reactions. "Everything which is new creates skepticism," he said.

Nevertheless, he considers his study a key moment in the search to determine whether a G spot actually exists.

Dr. Kasia Ostrzenska, while dismayed at the negative reaction, said she's pleased that her father's work also is getting positive attention. Many of her patients are women who suffer from libido issues as they get older.

"Once we settle down in a relationship, have children, have careers, we can have a difficult time finding that 'on button,' " said Ostrenska, 43. "My husband can walk past me while I'm brushing my teeth and he's ready. We are different creatures sexually.''

Ostrenska, known to her patients as Dr. Kasia, is a contributor to the Times' Personal Best health section, where she has written about topics such as sexuality, nutrition, memory loss and fitness. She even teaches Zumba classes in a studio adjoining the Bay Medical Center offices at 7001 Central Ave., where she and her father practice.

Born in Poland, she brought her family to St. Petersburg from Washington, D.C., when she was pregnant with her daughter, who's nearly 11. Her parents had moved here not long before and urged her to move down.

"I'm just very proud of my dad,'' she said.

"It's nice he has some shimmer because he deserves it. He's a good man and a good dad.''

Information from the Los Angeles Times and staff writer Charlotte Sutton was used in this report.

St. Petersburg doctor sets off uproar over claim of G spot discovery 04/25/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 10:55pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

Copyright: For copyright information, please check with the distributor of this item, Tribune News Service.

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. South Florida poaches debris pickup trucks once slotted for Tampa, officials say


    TAMPA — A week into the job of picking up an estimated 300,000 cubic yards of Hurricane Irma debris from its streets, Tampa City Hall is finding to its dismay that the challenge is more competitive than expected.

    A city of Tampa truck loaded with debris from Hurricane Irma pulls into a temporary storage yard on N Rome Avenue Friday morning. There, workers from Tetra Tech, the city's debris monitoring contractor, photograph and check the load from an elevated platform to create a record that the city can use later to seek reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
  2. Wisniewska: I protected our students and USFSP campus


    Throughout my tenure in academia, my focus has always been on putting students first.

    The USF St. Petersburg Campus, Thursday, June 19, 2014.
  3. Bucs defensive end Chris Baker (90) is seen during training camp last month at One Buc Place. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  4. Bucs' defensive attributes in opener included flexibility


    TAMPA — It's a blink-and-you-miss-it nuance, but in Sunday's opener against Chicago, on their very first defensive snap, the Bucs lined up in a 3-4 defense.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter shakes hands with cornerback Brent Grimes (24) before an NFL game between the Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017. LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times 

  5. Along the Alafia River, the grateful extend a hand to the Irma-sodden weary (w/video)


    LITHIA — The things that make a house a home dried in the afternoon sun Thursday in a front yard on Williams Street.

    Volunteers from FishHawk Fellowship Church helped Brian Hood (left) clean up debris from his yard in Valrico, Fla. Last week the Alafia River reached a depth of almost 23 feet, about 10 feet above its flood stage. Many homes were damaged, some became uninhabitable. Hood's home is 6 inches above Lithia Pinecrest Road, and did not sustain flood damage, though not all of his neighbors were as lucky.   [MONICA HERNDON   |   Times]