I am Ernst Gräfenberg. I am a German Jewish-born physician (medical doctor) and scientist. I am known for developing the intrauterine device (IUD), and for my studies of the role of the woman’s urethra in orgasm. The G-Spot is named after me.
The Gräfenberg Spot, often called the G-Spot, is a bean-shaped area of the vagina. Some women report that it is an erogenous zone which, when stimulated, can lead to strong sexual arousal, powerful orgasms and female ejaculation. The Gräfenberg Spot is typically described as being located one to three inches (2.5 to 7.6 cm) up the front vaginal wall between the vaginal opening and the urethra and is a sensitive area that may be part of the female prostate. My studies in this area continue.
I studied medicine in Göttingen and Munich, earning my doctorate on 10 March 1905. I began working as a doctor of ophthalmology at the university of Würzburg, but then moved to the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Kiel, where I published papers on cancer metastasis (the “Gräfenberg theory”), and the physiology of egg implantation. In 1910 I worked as a gynaecologist in Berlin, and by 1920 was most successful, with an office on the Kurfurstendamm. I was chief gynecologist of a municipal hospital in Britz, a working class Berlin district, and was beginning scientific studies of the physiology of human reproduction at Berlin University.
During the First World War, I was a medical officer, and continued publishing papers, mostly on human female physiology. In 1929 I published my studies of the “Gräfenberg ring”, the first IUD for which there are usage records. In 1930 while examining a woman patient’s private parts I fell into some kind of wormhole which brought me to Soho, London, in the 20th century, where I found myself stranded.