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Female ejaculation & squirting: what’s the difference?

By Katya the Sex Therapist March 18, 12:17 am
Can all women squirt? What is squirting, anyway?

In my previous article on the controversial G-spot, I mentioned that orgasm via the G-spot accounts for female ejaculate, which is fluid expelled from the urethra in some women.  This must not be confused with larger amounts of expelled fluid called 'squirting or gushing' which is a different phenomenon. It is therefore important to differentiate between the two and understand that there is still much debate over this phenomenon by sexologists, scientists, doctors, and researchers.

What is female ejaculate?

Female ejaculate is a fluid expelled from the Skene gland (which is located next to the urethra). It exits through the urethra. It is 3-5ml in volume, or less than what a teaspoon holds, and looks like watered-down milk. The Skene gland is a smaller version of the prostate gland found in men. The expelled fluid can be referred to as low volume female ejaculate, which is usually expelled without great force (Wimpissinger et al 2009). Research shows that not all women feel when they are ejaculating. Some cannot notice it when it happens.

If female ejaculate is fluid expelled from the Skene gland, then what fluid is expelled during squirting?

The fluid expelled is colorless, odorless and occurs in large quantities, sometimes occurring with enough force to project fluid away from the body. Squirting (or high-volume female ejaculation) involves the expulsion of urine from the bladder. It was found that women who can ejaculate this way have well developed Skene glands, and the fluid expelled can sometimes be a combination of urine and skene gland fluid or just urine (Schubach 2001). This is still an ongoing debate.

Some more science…

Research has also shown that it is not anatomically possible to eject fluid from anywhere other than the urethra, and indeed women can use their pelvic floor muscles to propel fluid out of their urethra with force, just as men can learn to propel their ejaculate harder and farther with pelvic floor strengthening and control (Rubio-Casillas, A. & Jannini, E.A. 2011).

Same Difference?

Both phenomena are referred to as ‘female ejaculation’; however, only the low volume female ejaculation has anything in common with male ejaculate.

So, the next question, can all women squirt?

The answer to this is no. It has been found that some women can squirt (high volume ejaculation) as they have well a well-developed Skene gland (like the prostate gland in men) that allows for squirting. Not all women have a well-developed Skene gland. This does not mean that they cannot achieve orgasms and enjoy sex. Women’s bodies vary in many ways.

High and low volume female ejaculation varies from person to person; body to body; experience to experience. This is an important consideration to take. Don’t compare yourself to another person who can squirt, because you may start to believe that you are missing out. The truth is, you really are not.

So, there is really nothing wrong with me?

The answer to this is also no. Not being able to squirt does not mean you cannot enjoy sex; in fact, you can have amazing sex and orgasms without squirting or ejaculating, so please do not put additional pressure on yourself.

Remember: you can still enjoy a fulfilling sexual experience without ejaculating; so be safe and enjoy!

Have you ever squirted before?

Did you learn something new?

Comments

Hi Lydia, the article says "some women can squirt (high volume ejaculation) as they have well a well-developed Skene gland (like the prostate gland in men) that allows for squirting. Not all women have a well-developed Skene gland. This does not mean that they cannot achieve orgasms and enjoy sex. Women’s bodies vary in many ways.

High and low volume female ejaculation varies from person to person; body to body; experience to experience. This is an important consideration to take. Don’t compare yourself to another person who can squirt, because you may start to believe that you are missing out. The truth is, you really are not."

Hello Morris, thank you for asking a great question and you need not worry. It is completely normal for a woman to squirt multiple times and also means, you both have a great sex life. Have a wonderful weekend ahead and stay safe :) 

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