For those who have never experienced squirting or seen a partner does it, it can be easy to assume it’s all just a myth perpetuated by porn. But squirting is real, and it may even be something common.
It usually occurs when fluids come spouting out of a woman’s genitals, often with an accompanying orgasm during sex.
Though it is known that not every woman can squirt, so if you don’t think you can, rest assured, there’s nothing wrong with you.
Is squirting just pee?
The fluid isn’t pure pee, but rather is a combination of urea, uric acid, and creatinine. It’s released by the Skene’s gland, which seats at the lower end of the urethra. A study at Yale also confirmed that the liquid that comes out is mostly urine mixed with some female ejaculate.
Squirting vs. female ejaculation
The terms “squirting” and “female ejaculation” are often used interchangeably, but some research and experts use these terms to describe two separate types of ejaculate. Squirting is used to describe the release of a fluid that’s clear and colourless, shares some of the same properties as urine, and likely comes from the bladder.
Female ejaculation on the other hands is used to describe the release of another kind of fluid that is often white and milky, contains prostate-specific antigens (PSAs) and other chemicals found in semen, and likely originates from the Skene’s glands.
Squirting usually involves a larger amount of fluid being released, whereas female ejaculation alone is usually a pretty small amount of fluid and these two types of ejaculation can happen independently of one another or at the same time.
Why women squirt
Squirting happens as a result of sexual stimulation. Women have reported squirting because of vaginal stimulation (often around the so-called G-spot area), clitoral stimulation, and even anal stimulation. Most people who squirt report that squirting makes sex better, but some women report feelings of shame or humiliation around their squirting experiences.
It’s not clear if squirting has any biological function other than producing pleasure, but some ladies say they likely ejaculate for the same reason men do.
The bottom line
Squirting is real, though there is a lot of misconception about what squirt is and whether squirting is pee. But no matter what it is, squirting feels good for many women, and we should support and celebrate women’s pleasurable sexual experiences. So if it feels good, go ahead: Wet the bed.