What’s Up with Squirting?
Ah, the elusive urban legend of ~squirting~. Whether you’ve experienced it, seen it in porn, or simply heard rumors about it, you’re not the only one who’s curious about squirting. *(PornHub data from 2010 to 2017 even reveals that more and more people are searching for “squirting” videos.)*
Is squirting real? Yes. *(Producing lots of fluids is just one of the many common but odd side effects of sex.)* And female ejaculation and squirting are the same thing, right? Actually, wrong.
ong>The Science of Squirting and Female Ejaculation
What is squirting?
The latest research found that squirting is actually a gush of fluid coming out of the urethra and is, in fact, urine.
What is female ejaculation?
Female ejaculation fluid, on the other hand, is the release of a thicker, milky-er, white substance that is actually super similar to semen, just without the sperm.
In fact, this substance is even made of prostatic acid, glucose, and fructose, just like semen.
Female ejaculation and “squirting” were already pretty divisive issues in the sexual health world. But now that we know they’re not even the same thing? Mind = blown.
In a 2014 study published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine, researchers had women pee, then stimulated them until they ejaculated.
Pelvic ultrasound scans showed that women’s bladders were at least partially full before they squirted, but empty after-indicating that the liquid originated from the bladder.
Sure enough, when the researchers tested the liquid, two out of seven of the samples were chemically identical to urine.
The other five samples also had something called prostatic-specific antigen (PSA), an enzyme that’s produced by the Skene’s glands, which are often referred to as the female prostate.
These glands are located inside the vagina at the lower end of the urethra and is where scientists believe female ejaculate comes from. *(The Skene’s glands are also pretty close to your g-spot, which, yes, is real.)*
So the first group indeed “squirted,” while the second group had ejaculated. What does all this mean for your sex life? Nothing—however your body responds to orgasm, own it.
Can all women squirt or ejaculate?
Well, we’re not exactly sure. Somewhere between an estimated 10 and 50 percent of women ejaculate during sex, according to The International Society for Sexual Medicine, but they also note that some experts believe all women can ejaculate, but that most aren’t aware because the fluid can flow backward into the bladder instead of outside of the body.
How Do You Squirt?
Now that you know squirting is real, you probably want to try it. If you’re looking for a magic combination of moves that will help you or your partner squirt or ejaculate, sorry;
It may happen during orgasm or simply when you’re aroused and stimulated. (Stimulation of the g-spot or nearby Skene’s glands might even make you feel like you need to pee during sex.)
That said, if you’re of the women who already do ejaculate or squirt during sex, there’s no need to feel self-conscious about it. “I tell women who experience female ejaculation and feel nervous or embarrassed about it to just tell new partners up front before sex: Hey, this is something that happens to me. It’s a sign that the sex is really good!” says Millheiser. Then just lay down a towel or plastic sheets and get to business. *(Maybe even try using a period sex blanket.)*