“Squirters” aren’t just for porn anymore. More people are experiencing and exploring the experience of female ejaculation, often referred to as “squirting.” A recent review of the science associated with female ejaculation has helped end some of the debate in two ways: 1) it really happens and 2) the fluid might not be what you think it is.
How does it happen?
There is no clear scientific understanding as to why female’s ejaculate, but it indeed happens. In a recent review by Rodriguez et al. (2020), publications dating back to 1889 provide evidence that female ejaculation is a very real occurrence. Not all females experience this, but there may be methods or situations that increase the likelihood that a female can experience ejaculation. Anatomically it appears that the fluid originates in paraurethral (Skene’s) glands, which is similar to the male prostrate gland. There does not appear to be much scientific experiments around how to initiate female ejaculation during sexual activity, there is quite a bit of reported, anecdotal information that indicates strong stimulation of the “G-spot” may assist in stimulating a “squirting” experience. There are some reports of external clitoral stimulation that have resulted in ejaculation, but much of what I have found focuses on internal stimulation.
So, what is the fluid?
This does remain a bit of a debate. However, based on the Rodriquez et al. (2020) review, the ejaculated fluid differs from urine in the different creatinine and urea concentrations, and antibacterial properties to protect the urethra (similar to male “pre-cum”). While there may be traces of urine in the fluid, it appears that this may not be very different from male ejaculate fluids where urine can also, at times, be found.
Something to think about
One of the best anatomical education reminders about human sexuality I have heard comes from Emily Nagoski’s book Come As You Are. Nagoski reminds us that male and female genitals are basically the same, just arranged differently. Considering the ejaculation experience of both males and females, orgasm with ejaculations would be a similar experience though not a similar function. In essence, ejaculations for males and females may simply be a part of our biological response to sexual stimulation, but they function different (i.e., male ejaculation carries sperm for reproduction). Another possibility is that the consistency of female ejaculate fluid is similar to that of male ejaculate fluid, which provides protection to the urethra. Scientists could consider whether this might be the primary function of the female ejaculate fluid. But we will let them figure that part out.
Beyond the science, and my speculations, it appears that the female ejaculation itself is similar to the male ejaculation in terms of its alignment with the orgasm. Since the female ejaculation experience is not common, I say feel free to explore it through masturbation and internal stimulation. You might find an added experience to your orgasm. If you are concerned that the fluid is urine, hopefully this allays some of those concerns.
Rodriquez, F.D., Camacho, A., Bordes, S.J., Gardner, B., Levin, R.J., & Tubbs, R.S. (2020). Female ejaculation: An update on anatomy, history, and controversies. Clinical Anatomy. Accessed at https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/ca.23654