Exploring the A‑Spot (Anterior Fornix Erogenous Zone)
The A‑spot — or AFE zone — is one of the most underrated erogenous zones in existence.
It’s an area on the front vaginal wall, all the way in and farther inside than the (ostensibly also mysterious) G‑spot. Due to the A‑spot’s depth, it may be even more difficult to locate than the G‑spot, but learning more about it adds fantastic variety to one’s pleasure.
Some people with vaginas find A‑spot or cervical orgasms even more magically full-bodied than G‑spot orgasms, but as always, find what works for you. Not everyone will enjoy pressure against their A‑spot.
Note: there is no monolithic “best” erogenous zone.
Sensations can get more delicious when using combinations of toys that stimulate the A‑spot and G‑spot at the same time, the A‑spot and clitoris at the same time, or any other pairing.
In any case, this guide is here to help expand the orgasmic experiences someone can have! Read on to find your A‑spot and learn what to look for in an A‑spot toy.
What’s in a name?
The “AFE” in “AFE zone” stands for “anterior fornix erogenous”— and it’s all a fancy (but accurate) way of saying “the sensually sensitive area in front of the cervix.” Calling it such is more accurate, but we just call it the “A‑spot” for short.
It’s also worth noting that the AFE zone has a counterpart on the back wall: the PFE zone, or posterior fornix. Some people with vaginas will find more pleasure in stimulating that area or massaging the cervix proper. Remember: the cervix isn’t merely the end of the vagina. Instead, it’s a tubelike structure that hangs down inside.
Where it is and how to find it with fingers
The A‑spot is a broad area, and its depth varies from person to person. There is no specific number that applies to everyone. It’s also a little bit trickier because, unlike with the G‑spot, the A‑spot doesn’t have any telltale texturing.
Here’s one place to start looking for your A‑spot:
Find your G‑spot (follow the curve where the pubic bone dips) first, and then go in about two inches deeper on the front wall. The A‑spot is generally somewhere between there and a little under the cervix. Bend your fingers in a “come hither” motion.
Because the technique is similar to G‑spot fingering, it may put your mind at ease use the bathroom and lay out a towel or sex throw before playing. Squirting from A‑spot stimulation isn’t common, but intense front wall stimulation in general can put a lot of pressure on the bladder. It’s good to take away that potential distraction.
If you struggle to find or stimulate your A‑spot with your fingers, that’s okay.
Some have a shallower cervix than others, some have short fingers, others struggle with reach, and so on. And even for one person, the cervix’s height varies depending on their menstrual cycle. It’s higher during ovulation and lower during menstruation.
If your partner’s fingers are longer than yours, they’ll almost surely have an easier time. Directing a penis forward and deep with short thrusts could also work, depending on your anatomy. And of course, toys are optimal tools for exploring!
Toys for A‑spot stimulation
The best A‑spot sex toys also have a slight curve and swelling head. We’re trying to go in deep, so something steeply bent and rigid like the njoy Pure Wand isn’t our best bet. And as far as girth goes, a firm and thin-to-moderate width dildo can work well. A squishy toy can too, if there’s adequate girth, curvature, and tapering.
The main things to look for, though, are reach and pressure — as a general rule, you want something with more than 5 inches of insertable length. A firm and bulbous dildo doesn’t need to be as long as a squishy one to apply the same “oomph,” though. And, of course, your mileage may vary, because not everyone’s vaginal canal is the same.
Here are some great toys for A‑spot stimulation, for all experience levels:
This super affordable glass dildo has a generic name, but don’t let that fool you! It’s a missile for my A‑spot, applying targeted pressure like no other toy on this list.
Read a full NS Novelties Firefly G‑Spot Glow Wand and find out just how fantastic it is.
This vibrator has a similar double-ended swell to the NS G Wand, but it has a little flexibility. Only a little, though. Its firmness and curve easily dig into the A‑spot, but some users will appreciate the way it bends against their G‑spot, too. And it vibrates for an extra dimension to the pressure.
Read my full Cloud 9 G‑Spot Slim 7 Inch review.
These two toys are very different, but their commonalities include a thick 1.75” girth, pronounced head for front wall pressure, and just the right amount of curve to go in deep. These two dildos are the truth— also amazing against my cervix.
The bumps and waves on the Tsunami might look wild, but they’re beautifully placed. The curved tip presses against the A‑spot, while the ridges along the shaft press against the G‑spot simultaneously. It’s a symphony for the vaginal walls.
These dildos have 5.5” of insertable length, 1.25” of girth, and are on the squishy side. However, their swelling tip makes them great options for someone with a shallow cervix.
Wrapping it up!
If you’ve experienced orgasms via deep penetration, there’s a good chance you either had your cervix massaged just right, or you found your A‑spot. There are many internal hot spots, and the AFE zone is another delightful option in your sexual buffet.
Want more? Check these pages out
- BS-Free Guide to Cervical Orgasms and Deep Erogenous Zones
- Uberrime A‑Spot Avenger review
- SheVibe’s selection of A‑spot dildos
[I originally wrote this post for SheVibe. The version you see here is a repost with some modifications.]