Female ejaculation and squirting are both parts of a natural, healthy process. Squirting is a small gush of fluid that comes from the Skene’s glands or the female prostate, and it usually happens in conjunction with orgasm.
Some women squirt a few drops, while others can gush half a cup. Although squirting is normal, many people are confused about how it occurs.
What is squirting?
Squirting is when a mixture of fluids is ejected during an orgasm in a woman with a vulva. It can occur during foreplay, sex, or masturbation. It is a type of ejaculation but different from male ejaculation, which is usually the result of urine.
Women who squirt experience pleasure, fascination, and embarrassment. It can feel like a sexual statement and be part of a sexual script, but it also feels like a violation and cause feelings of shame.
While there is limited research on how to make a woman squirt, experts believe the fluid combines urine and secretions. It comes from glands in the vulva called the Skene’s glands, which are similar to prostate tissue in men. The glands are located on the front wall of the vulva, and some people think they are responsible for producing one of the components of semen during ejaculation.
Researchers have also found that the fluid has the prostatic-specific antigen, or PSA, normally produced in the prostate. But this is a discovery, so more research needs to be done on the connection between squirting and ejaculation. For now, it is important to remember that squirting is a normal and healthy part of the sex process for some women. It shouldn’t be a sign of success in sex or good masturbation, and if it is embarrassing for you, please remember that you are not alone.
How does squirting happen?
There’s little concrete information on how squirting happens, but scientists know it’s tied to sexual stimulation. Specifically, it’s related to the glands in the urethral sponge (also known as the “female prostate”).
During sex, these glands produce a milky substance from your penis and down your urethra. It’s similar to male ejaculate but without any sperm. Scientists have also found that squirting can be caused by stimulating the G-spot and clitoris.
While the exact makeup of squirting fluid is unclear, researchers believe it contains some form of urine. This theory was based on a 2015 study that found that the squirting liquid released by women’s bladders had traces of urine. The study made headlines, and many news outlets misreported the findings to suggest that squirting is just pee.
However, experts are now skeptical of this explanation. They’ve found that squirting fluid is transparent, not gray or white, and comes out in larger quantities than ejaculate. Furthermore, they’ve found that squirting is not always preceded by or associated with orgasm. Some squirt without orgasm, and some do it only once or twice.
What is the difference between squirting and ejaculation?
Pornography depicts squirting as a giant gush of clear fluid, but this isn’t always true. Small amounts of squirting are normal, and even when you do experience a large gush, it doesn’t necessarily mean you were successful at masturbating. Some research suggests that the clear liquid ejected during squirting doesn’t come from the bladder, at least not in a direct way. For example, a 2022 study saw doctors inject participants with dye before providing sexual stimulation, and they found that the women’s bladders filled up during arousal but were empty right after squirting.
It’s also possible that the fluid squirting produces a mix of urine and secretions from the skene glands. The skene glands are sometimes called the female prostate, and they function similarly to male prostate tissue in cis men. They are also known to be involved in a type of orgasm called female ejaculation, although researchers don’t know whether this is the same thing as squirting.
It’s unclear what causes squirting, but it can happen due to vaginal stimulation, like stimulating the G-spot and clitoral hood or from the anal region. Some people also report squirting as a result of masturbation, and it’s been linked to feelings of pleasure during sexual activity. It’s unknown if squirting serves any other biological purpose, but some scientists theorize that it might help flush bacteria from the urethra after intercourse, preventing UTIs.
What is the best way to squirt?
Squirting is a natural part of sexual pleasure but can also be challenging to master. The best way to squirt is to be relaxed and let it happen. Start by penetrating the vagina with lubed fingers and gently stimulate the area surrounding your clitoris. Once you feel a gush coming, relax and allow it to release, then move on to the next stimulation stage. You may need to repeat this process several times before you feel the squirt coming again.
Some women squirt more than others, and their products can vary from a trickle to a gush. The fluid can appear as anything from a dribble to a spurt, and it may come before or during orgasm or even in place of orgasm altogether. It’s also possible to squirt without having an orgasm, and this can be just as pleasurable as orgasms for some people.
Remember that squirting should be a pleasure for both you and your partner. Never force your partner to squirt or make them feel pressured. If you’re not getting to the point of squirting, try changing positions that put pressure on the anterior vaginal canal and strengthen your pelvic floor muscles. Also, lay down a towel or sex blanket to avoid a mess — and it may help to use a squirt bottle like the Liberator to add more lube if needed.