Clue is on a mission to help you understand your body, periods, ovulation, and so much more. Start tracking today. Ejaculation is a powerful bodily experience that has long been associated with penises and male sexuality. But ejaculation from the vulva or vagina can also happen—before, during, after, or without orgasm. Squirting is just one part of that. During sex, some people with vulvas experience the involuntary emission of fluid. Accurate information and conversation about the sexual realities of female-assigned folks—whose bodies are still often subject to myth and mystery—is fantastic. That creates a lot of unnecessary pressure!
But isn’t squirting just pee?
What is “squirting” or “female ejaculation”?
Jessica Shepherd wants to ensure you have the answers you need to feel at ease. A: Just like when men ejaculate, women can too. But, women obviously can do so. When we have a climax, we do ejaculate. We have glands that are located around the vagina and these glands really are [desgined] to keep the vagina moist and to make sure we can get rid of bacteria and irritants.
Science versus sensation
Where does it comes from? Is it pee? And how might I make it happen for me? The first time Gilly, 41, squirted, it left her on a high. I took a photo of the wet patch so I could reassure myself that it really had happened. Tash, 26, was a bit more floored — and worried about the carpet. I mopped up the rug, then had a google. In the 17th Century, Dutch anatomist Regnier de Graaf wrote a groundbreaking treatise, Concerning The Generative Organs Of Women, describing the fluid and linking it to an erogenous zone inside the vagina that was much like male prostate. This broad spectrum of findings is partly due to differences in how studies are conducted and definitions; but many specialists view female ejaculation and squirting as distinctly different things.
One of the most hotly debated arguments when it comes to female sexuality is squirting, aka when fluid comes jetting out of a woman's genitals, often with an accompanying orgasm, during sex. Not every woman can squirt though, so if you don't think you can, rest assured, there's nothing wrong with you. Is squirting just pee? Is it not pee? The answer is There's not a lot of scientific data out there that says if all women can squirt, how often, and how squirting happens. But despite this, there's legit millennia of evidence pointing the fact that some women do in fact, squirt. Even if you talk to doctors, some of their answers will vary from a hard, "it's pee" to "it's definitely NOT pee," which makes it even more confusing. The reason being that squirting fluid often contains "prostate-specific antigen" aka a protein found in semen.