When it comes to asking about prostate glands, we don’t normally ask: is there a female prostate gland? Often times, we hear about the male prostate gland. And when we hear about it, it’s normally either about sexual prowess or talking about how to prevent prostate cancer. However, nobody really asks if is there a female prostate gland. After all, the word “prostate” often has a masculine connotation. However, the truth is: there is such a thing as a female prostate gland. This gland is also known as the Skene’s gland.
The Skene’s gland is a gland that’s commonly overlooked in women. And even until this day, people aren’t sure as to what the function of the gland is. All people know is that it’s somewhere in the body. But there are so many questions about it. What does the Skene’s gland do? Does it have a function like a man’s prostate gland? Where in the world do you find that in your body? Does it have any diseases I have to worry about?
To answer all the questions, here are some descriptions as to what the Skene’s gland really is.
What is the Skene’s Gland?
The Skene’s gland is what moistens the vaginal area of the body. During sex, the arousal triggers the function of the Skene’s gland which is to lubricate the vagina for painless entry. However, this gland is often hidden and it’s also known as what people call the “G Spot”. The G Spot or the Skene’s gland was shown to also be affected by Viagra, a common sex drug people take to increase their libido.
Where is this gland exactly? The gland appears to be located between the bladder and the uterus which is why it can easily be triggered. The Skene’s gland is also located near the Bartholin’s gland which is more responsible for the lubrication of the vagina.
Skene’s Gland: Myth or Fact?
In the world of Science and Research, there seems to be a problem. Because of the size and how well hidden it is among the bodily tissue, nobody really knows for sure if it’s actually there. Some say that the best way to figure out if one has one is through personal experience. Whether it’s via masturbation or through sex or other means, it’s bound to show up. Remember, the Skene’s gland only makes its appearance during the moment. One way to test is the level of arousal. If your body reacts at a certain point and that it’s a certain area, that’s probably where your Skene’s gland is.
But what about my fetishes? I can sometimes get off that too!
Yes that’s true but that doesn’t mean your Skene’s gland is located everywhere else in your body. Fetishes work differently; they work on a more psychophysiological level. Psychophysiological because of the mind perceiving the stimulus and physiological in being the response to the said fetish. For example, if a person had a sexual attraction to feet, they would have to see the feet first and come in contact with it. The whole sensation then travels through the body which will then trigger the activation of the Skene’s gland.
Are there diseases for the Skene’s gland?
Yes, there are. Most of the disease for the Skene’s gland is inflammatory or involves cysts. However, because of the research and debate about it, the Skene’s gland is still being investigated and there is not much conclusive research as to what the true function of the Skene’s gland is.
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