Many know that men ejaculate a body fluid called semen when they have an orgasm. Fewer know that some woman can also eject body fluids upon orgasm, but researchers are still debating the exact terminology for that action and what that fluid or fluids are.
Some researchers believe the ejaculated fluid is just urine, and others have concluded the fluid is different than just pee leaking during sex. This type of female ejaculation is often called “squirting.”
However, when the body fluid is not primarily urine, or is a combination of other fluids with some originating from, or only from, the Skene gland [although females don’t have a prostate, some scientists use the term “female prostate” for the gland because of some similar properties], then it’s more likely to be called “female ejaculation orgasm.”
Some sex experts agree such ejaculated or squirted fluids are a normal function of sexuality for some women. However, there is little scientifically researched data on “female ejaculation orgasm” or “squirting” so the science it still out on the specifics of this natural female bodily function.
The sourced articles below provide more information on female ejaculation and squirting.
- Differential Diagnostics Of Female “Sexual” Fluids: A Narrative Review.
Abstract: “Women expel various kinds of fluids during sexual activities. These are manifestations of sexual arousal and orgasm or coital incontinence. This study is aimed at suggesting a diagnostic scheme to differentiate among these phenomena. … CONCLUSION: Squirting, FE [Female ejaculation], and CI [Coital incontinence] are different phenomena with various mechanisms and could be differentiated according to source, quantity, expulsion mechanism, and subjective feelings during sexual activities.”
Zlatko Pastor and Chmel, ncbi.nlm.nih.gov, 12/28/2018
- Can Women Get Prostate Cancer?
“Researchers have discovered that the Skene glands share some of the same properties as the male prostate, which is located between the bladder and the penis. For example, both the prostate and the Skene glands contain prostate-specific antigen (PSA) and PSA phosphatase (PSAP), which are enzymes that can indicate the health of the prostate in males. The discovery that these glands have similarities has led to the use of the term ‘female prostate.’ So, in a sense, females do have prostates, and female prostate cancer is technically possible. It is, however, extremely rare.”
Jon Johnson, Reviewed by Yamini Ranchod, PhD, MS, medicalnewstoday.com, 5/14/2018
- What The Pioneering Sexologist Who Identified The G-Spot Wants You To Know About Sex
“Dr Whipple started her career decades ago as a nurse, teaching women how to perform kegel exercises to strengthen their pelvic floor muscles and prevent them from going under the knife too treat urinary incontinence. But some women, she found, had very strong pelvic floor muslces but reported that they only lost fluid through the urethra – or the pee hole – during sexual activity. And that is how she discovered that women can ejaculate.”
Kashmira Gander, independent.co.uk, 1/17/2017
- Can Females Get Prostate Cancer?
“You may have heard people talk about the female prostate gland. But women don’t actually have a prostate gland. Instead, the female ‘prostate’ is often used to refer to small glands on the front side of the vagina and corresponding ducts sometimes called ‘Skene’s glands’ or ‘Skene’s ducts.’ They are named after Alexander Skene, who described these structures in detail in the late 1800s. Researchers are now discovering ways they are like a man’s prostate, so the name ‘female prostate’ has become more popular.”
Elizabeth Connor, Medically reviewed by Timothy J. Legg, PhD, CRNP, healthline.com, 1/6/2017
- Female Ejaculation: Myth Or Reality?
“The latest research found that squirting is actually a gush of fluid coming out of the eurethra and is, in fact, urine. Meanwhile, female ejaculation is the release of a thicker, milky-er, white substance that is actually super similar to semen, just without the sperm, according to Shape sexpert Dr. Logan Levkoff. 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?”
Mirel Ketchiff, shape.com, 9/15/2016
- Can I Teach Myself To Have Female Ejaculation?
“The good news is that female ejaculation is totally normal! ‘Some women are squirters and some women are not, but we don’t know why that is,’ Alyssa Dweck, M.D., a gynecologist in New York and assistant clinical professor at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, tells SELF.”
Zahra Barnes, self.com, 1/9/2016
- Female Ejaculation Comes In Two Forms, Scientists Find
“Beverly Whipple, a neurophysiologist from Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey, says that the term female ejaculation should only really refer to the production of the small amount of milky white liquid at orgasm and not the ‘squirting’ investigated in this paper. ‘This study shows the other two kinds of fluids that can be expelled from the female urethra – urine alone, and urine diluted with substances from the female prostate,’ she says. ‘This study presents convincing evidence that squirting in women is chemically similar to urine, and also contains small amounts of PSA that is present in men’s and women’s true ejaculate,’ says Barry Komisaruk, also at Rutgers.”
Helen Thomson, newscientist.com, 1/9/2015
- Female Ejaculation: A Case Study
Abstract: “This case study provides objective evidence supporting the hypothesis that female ejaculation, a partial, infertile homologue of male ejaculation, exists. A karyotypically normal, multiparous woman suffered for a decade with urinary stress incontinence. During that time she had learned to inhibit an orgastic response which led to bedwetting. Although the liquid produced did not appear to be urine, she falsely concluded that her orgasmic expulsion was a manifestation of urinary incontinence. Using feedback from a Vaginal Myograph, she learned to do Kegel exercises properly, and the urinary stress incontinence soon disappeared. Around this time she became aware of the concept of female ejaculation and its possible association with an erotically sensitive area that could be stimulated through her anterior vaginal wall. Stimulation of this area, the ‘Grafenberg spot,’ produced what she described as orgasm which felt ‘deeper’ than orgasms in response to vulvar stimulation. Such an orgasm was often accompanied by expulsion of liquid from the urethra. Chemical analysis indicated that the expulsion was not urine. It contained prostatic acid phosphatase, an enzyme characteristically found in prostatic secretion.”
Frank Addiego, Edwin G. Belzer Jr., Jill Comolli, William Moger, John D. Perry and Beverly Whipple, The Journal of Sex Research, Taylor & Francis Ltd, tandfonline.com, 1/11/2010