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The A-Spot: What Is It? Where Is It?

Zachary Zane
Columnist, sex expert, and activist whose work focuses on sexuality, lifestyle, culture, and the LGBTQ community

by Zachary Zane 6 min read

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Pleasuring a woman is a wonderful experience, made only better by the variety and intensity of orgasms they can experience.

You may have heard of the g-spot, but the a-spot is a pleasure center you don't want to skip out on.

Quick FAQs

No, only people with vulvas have A-Spots

The A-Spot is a deep vaginal erogenous zone, located inside the vagina about two inches further inside than the G-Spot.

The best sex positions for A-Spot stimulation are Doggy, Cowgirl(reverse), Lifted Missionary, and Anal.

Situated on the top of the vagina between the bladder and cervix, the a-spot is a deep vaginal erogenous zone (DVZs) that has multiple effects for women when it's directly stimulated.

Like the g-spot, o-spot, and other DVZs, the a-spot can help women achieve orgasms and enjoy sex more when it's brought in as a part of the focus during sex.

Note: Only people with vulvas have an a-spot.

For many women, a-spot stimulation can help with:

  • vaginal dryness
  • increased sexual pleasure
  • may help to decrease pain during intercourse

It's absolutely worth learning about the a-spot if you want to improve your partner's sexual experience.

What is the A-Spot on a woman?

How a spot stimulation feels for a woman

The a-spot, also known as the anterior fornix erogenous zone, is a nerve cluster area in the back region of the vagina, hovering near the cervix (slightly behind the g-spot).

Direct stimulation of the a-spot leads to:

  • dramatically increased vaginal lubrication
  • more pleasurable intercourse
  • increased erotic sensation
  • improved blood flow

All this makes having an orgasm more achievable.

You Should Know

The a-spot is actually a part of the clitoris!

The clitoris goes far beyond that little nub you see at the top of the inner labia. It extends up and inside the body and is roughly five inches long.

Certain toys, sexual positions, and stimulation methods are better for reaching and directly affecting the a-spot.

We will go over them and help you maximize you and your partner's sexual experience by bringing this area into your bedroom routine.

How is it different from the g-spot?

The g-spot can cause spontaneous orgasm and ejaculation in a woman and is directly tied into the clitoral nerve network.

This is why stimulating the g-spot can cause orgasms so intensely and reliably.

Both areas are located on the upper wall of the vagina (facing the belly button) and can be reached by sliding into the vagina and reaching upwards, using your fingers in a "come here" motion.

It's easier to reach the g-spot this way because it's not much further in than your index and middle fingers can reach; the a-spot is a bit further back.

The G Spot vs The A spot

The biggest difference between the two is in their "purpose" during sex.

While the g-spot can cause orgasms, the a-spot increases vaginal lubrication and makes a woman more aroused and able to have an orgasm.

It typically takes about 10-15 minutes of stimulation to achieve these effects, but the time is well worth it, especially for women with vasocongestion or pelvic floor dysfunction.

In general, women who experience pain during sex can benefit from direct a-spot stimulation because it relaxes them and allows for more erotic sensations.

Where is the A-Spot?

Illustration showing where the A-Spot is located inside the vagina

 

The a-spot is located behind the g-spot on the back wall of the vagina. If you're looking at a standing woman, it would be directly behind the belly button.

It might take some special toys to reach, due to its location, and how to find the a-spot can take some trial and error, but it's completely doable.

How deep inside the vagina is the A-Spot

How deep is the A-Spot?

The a-spot is pretty deep inside the vagina - it's one of the deep vaginal erogenous zones.

It's about 2 inches deeper than the g-spot to give you a bit of a map; if you can reach in with your fingers and locate the walnut-sized spongy patch of tissue that is the g-spot, continue a few inches further and you'll reach the a-spot.

As the g-spot is about 2 inches in, the a-spot tends to be around 4 inches into the vagina.

What does it feel like?

Unlike the g-spot which has a spongy, bulbous texture and recognizable size, the a-spot is simply a part of the vagina.

It may feel slightly different when pressed, however, it's reported that the A-spot feels softer than the surrounding tissue when you put pressure on it, and your partner should feel a difference as well.

They may experience a heavier sensation in their abdomen, and (ideally), more pleasure.

Does everyone have an A-Spot?

All people designated female at birth have an A-Spot

Not everyone has an a-spot; only vulva-owners have this area inside their bodies.

While this and the g-spot are often compared to the prostate gland, the sensation and results from stimulation are not the same.

Additionally, not all women experience the same pleasure and sensations from a-spot stimulation.

Though many will enjoy it, others might not have an experience that differs from stimulating other parts of the vagina, and that's totally normal, too.

Tips to stimulate the A-Spot

Because of where the a-spot is situated, it can be tricky to stimulate during normal penetrative or oral sex.

For most people who are intentionally trying to hit this area, they will need to enlist the help of toys or inventive positions in order to get to where they want to go.

Adult toys used for stimulating the A-Spot

Using a dildo is the best way to reach the A-spot reliably, because of the length and consistent pressure that can be achieved. It should be at least 5 inches long.

Using a lot of lube and patience, explore the deep part of the vagina until you find the a-spot and apply consistent pressure while making circular motions.

How does the A-spot relate to anal sex?

Many people find that anal sex or anal play stimulates the a-spot reliably.

A few inches into the rectum on the front wall is where pressure should be applied to hit the a-spot through this method.

Achieving a-spot stimulation through anal sex also allows you to focus on other aspects of female pleasure, ranging from penetrative vaginal sex to clitoral stimulation.

Best sex positions to hit the A-Spot

Best sex positions to stimulate the A-Spot

It's easy to stimulate the a-spot through sex positions that allow for deeper penetration or for the woman to have more control over depth and angle.

From behind

Doggystyle to hit the A-Spot

Penetrative sex from behind allows for deeper penetration, and the angle you approach from can reliably hit the a-spot.

It's best if the receiving woman is slightly lower than the penetrating partner

Missionary with legs over shoulders

Missionary with legs over shoulder to hit the A-Spot

If the receiving woman lays with her butt on a pillow and rests her legs over the shoulder of the penetrating partner, the angle and depth can help you stimulate the a-spot.

Typical missionary sex is not angled enough to reach the depth necessary, but a few modifications can make it easier.

Woman on top, facing away

Reverse cowgirl to hit the A-Spot

With the penetrative partner lying on their back, the woman rides them, facing away (i.e., reverse cowgirl).

This allows for greater control of depth and angle that can help stimulate the A-spot and the g-spot.

The receptive partner can also control the pace in this position, and because the a-spot needs consistent pressure and motion, this can be hugely beneficial in achieving proper stimulation.

Anal sex

Anal sex to hit the A-Spot

As we talked about before, anal sex can hit the a-spot through the front rectal wall.

Takeaways

Woman happy from having A-Spot orgasm

The a-spot is an often forgotten part of the vagina that needs special attention! When properly stimulated it can lead to earth-shattering orgasms and pleasure.

Finding the a-spot allows for some new sexual positions, or bringing some fun toys into the bedroom.

Sex should be exciting, and any opportunity you have to improve your partner's pleasure and explore new aspects of your sex life should be explored with zeal.

The next time you're in the middle of a sexy session with your partner, go exploring--deeper—sometimes A marks the spot of a new adventure.

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Zachary Zane
Zachary Zane

Zachary Zane is a Brooklyn-based columnist, sex expert, and activist whose work focuses on sexuality, lifestyle, culture, and the LGBTQ community. He currently has a sex advice column at Men's Health titled "Sexplain It" and a relationship column at Queer Majority titled "Zach and the City." His work has been published in Rolling Stone, The Washington Post, GQ, Playboy, Slate, NBC, Cosmo, and many others. He also has a weekly newsletter, BOYSLUT, where he writes erotic essays detailing his wildest and raunchiest personal sex stories.