Squirting is something that fascinates all of us, no doubt partly because it’s so shrouded in mystery. In part as a result of the attention it’s given by the porn industry, squirting has become a significant cultural phenomenon, but there are questions many of us want answers to.
This article takes a look at what squirting is, who can do it, and how you can try to achieve female ejaculation, or ‘squirting’ if you haven’t experienced it already.
Okay so – What is it?
First of all, squirting isn’t something that is entirely understood by scientists so information may change as we learn more, but what is known is the following. When women come, two types of fluid can be emitted. One of these is ejaculate fluid; this is more similar to male semen, appearing in a thick and milky consistency. It is produced in the female prostate, in small quantities of around 1ml.
The other is squirting fluid. This tends to be delivered in far larger quantities – over 150ml in some cases, and this is the type of squirting that has piqued the interest of so many. This larger quantity of fluid is distinctly different from the former, and is either clear or slightly yellow in colour.
Analysis of squirting fluid has found that as well as urea, it contains other things which are potentially conducive to impregnation. One of these components is PSA, or prostatic acid phosphatase, which is thought to aid with sperm motility, the other being fructose, which acts as a source of energy for sperm.
Is squirting or female ejaculate just pee?
For a long time, it was the belief of doctors and scientists that squirting was merely a byproduct of continence problems, that people who were squirting during sex were just weeing themselves.
This rumour has carried over into popular culture, and is still believed by many, but is it true? In short, no it is not. A study was carried out in 2014 in which a collection of women who regularly experienced squirting during sexual encounters had their bladders subject to ultrasound exams before, during, and after sexual arousal.
Before they started stimulating themselves, the exams confirmed that their bladders were empty – there was no urine inside them. As they became more and more aroused, their bladder began to fill. Once they ejaculated, their bladders were empty again. While it comes from the same area, and can contain elements of urine, it is not the same thing.
How common is it?
Female ejaculation is clearly not just a myth derived from porn, but how common actually is it? The answer is, quite!
Various studies find that around 50% of women have squirted at least once, while around 15% do so on a regular basis. The basis of these statistics however are often from polls, where of course people answer the questions based on their observations of their own bodily experience.
While women of course know their own bodies well, studies have found that it may be the case that all women create ejaculate, even if they don’t expel it from their body.
In a study looking at women who didn’t ejaculate, urine analyses carried both before and after women had sex found that after sex, similar components commonly found in squirting fluid were found in their urine, such as PSA and fructose.
This suggests that while some women don’t let the fluid out during sex, they still produce it, and release it at a later date, when they next urinate.
What is certain is that female experiences with regards to squirting vary greatly. While squirting is not uncommon, each person may produce different amounts, expel it at different times, and expel liquids with differing constituent parts.
How is squirting fluid made?
While it isn’t entirely understood, it is thought that the two major components of squirting fluid – PSA and fructose – are produced in the Skene’s glands. The Skene’s gland is located on the front inside wall of the vagina, very close to the G-spot.
It is thought that G-spot stimulation is what in turn stimulates PSA and fructose production, both of which go into the urethra to be either expelled during the act or at a later time.
What’s it for?
There’s a lot of dispute as to its exact purpose. Some medical professions believe that it aids with impregnation, as a result of the PSA and fructose contents, which as mentioned before can aid with the sperm’s fertilisation of the egg.
However, other scientists point out that as squirting fluid contains urine, it could actually be detrimental to the health of the sperms. Also, it’s not easy for the fluid to reach the vagina from the urethra, meaning that it’s often not located where it could potentially be useful.
Is it healthy?
While there isn’t a broad consensus on whether it’s useful or not, there is no evidence to suggest that squirting is bad for you. It certainly isn’t something that you should worry about, and if you enjoy it, quite the opposite, it should be something to celebrate!
If you notice anything unusual about your ejaculate or feel any abnormal sensations as it’s released, it’s always a good idea to seek the advice of a medical professional, even if it’s just to put your fears to rest. There could be multiple reasons behind it, and searching the internet may cause a lot more stress than good!
How can I learn to squirt?
If you haven’t squirted before, you might be interested in seeing what it feels like. The good news is that it may be possible for most people to squirt, given the right setting and stimulation.
What you should recognise before you start though is that everyone’s body is different, and if you find that you can’t squirt, that doesn’t matter in the slightest – what you should focus on first and foremost is your own pleasure, not on achieving some physical feat. If you find the techniques suggested in order to squirt uncomfortable, don’t feel the need to persist, it might just not be for you!
As mentioned above, stimulation of the G-spot area is one of the keys to squirting. This stimulation can come from a finger, toy, penis, whatever you feel comfortable with – it can even come via activation of the pelvic floor muscles!
That’s not to say that you want to overstimulate the area; the anatomy of the the vagina is complex, and as you know, the G-spot is not simply a button on a remote that you press to activate – everyone will require different amounts of stimulation, and each person may find their needs change day to day.
Get turned on
Not only should your primary goal in this process be to enjoy yourself while learning about your body, being turned on is also essential to learning how to squirt – the more aroused you get the better.
When you start, it might be easier to try to squirt alone, or at least not through penetrative sex.
The penis can actually block the fluid from coming out, and you’ll be able to achieve more precise stimulation using your own hands. Of course, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try with your partner as well – it might be the case that they can get you incredibly aroused and help you to squirt, just don’t be afraid of trying it alone.
Use a sucking clit vibrator
Clit sucting vibrators work by gently sucking the clitoris, while sending pulsations through at the same time. They can achieve incredible levels of stimulation, without as much invasive penetration as a dildo or penis.
If you don’t already have one, consider it, not just for your squirting goals but as a versatile sex toy!
Embrace the unknown and push
If you haven’t squirted before, the sensation of it happening will be foreign to you. When you feel something a little different, as long as it’s nice (or at least has the potential to develop into something pleasurable) go with it, try to embrace it.
When squirting, the action is akin to pushing, but not the same as trying to wee – rather, it’s more similar to pushing something physically out of your vagina, like a penis or kegel ball. This pushing sensation is part of it, but should only happen when it feels natural, and when you’re highly aroused.
What if I don’t succeed?
The reason you should be trying to squirt is to achieve sexual pleasure and discover more about yourself, get more in tune with your body.
If in the process of experimenting with the above, you experience incredible orgasms like never before, and feel more comfortable and intimate with your body but you don’t manage to squirt, you should treat that as just as valuable an experience as if you were successful on your first try.
It’s never too late to learn – some people only experience it when they reach middle age or older. Treat it as a journey, with the priority of having as much as possible on the way.