What is Squirting?

When I got asked to write about this topic, I had to look up what it meant. I then looked up medical literature to see if there was any concrete data to support this phenomenon.

It seems that recently there has been surge in interest regarding female squirting.


For those of you (like me), who aren’t in the know, “female squirting” is when a woman squirts liquid from the urethra (the pee hole) during a sexual encounter. Some people feel that this is the ultimate goal to strive for during sex, a proof of pleasure, right?

There are classes and techniques that teach the squirting method in hopes that a woman can achieve this ultimate experience.   The lingo between all the terminology has been mixed up - first, we need to talk about the differences between these medical terms – Orgasm, squirting, ejaculation.  

Orgasm is when a woman experiences an intense release of sexual tension. At that moment of orgasm, the brain releases a bunch of chemicals that give her a euphoric feeling. This is accompanied by increased blood flow to the genital area, swelling of the labia, increase in vaginal secretions, and contractions of the uterine muscles.  

Squirting is when a woman notices extra discharge, or a liquid substance, coming from the urethral area. Along with this, the woman experiences a heightened sexual response. There are many women who feel that this is the best type of orgasm.  

Ejaculation in women is not common. This occurs during sexual excitement where a very small amount of clear liquid comes out of glands next to the urethra. There are many glands in the entire vagina. These particular glands are on the sides of the urethra, called Skene’s gland. To the naked eye, they can be hard to find. The reason we call this liquid ejaculate is because it resembles the composition of male ejaculate.    

It’s easy to get this all confused.  

Unlike men who have one hole for peeing and ejaculating, women have many holes and glands to let fluid loose during sexual arousal. Of course, the medical field did some studies on this. We’ve looked at the biochemical composition of fluids during orgasm with chemistry tests, ultrasound, and under the microscope, and here’s what they found. An article from the Journal of Sexual Medicine.   There is excellent proof that squirting is actually urine coming from the urethra. Here’s a direct quote from one of these studies

“The present data based on bladder monitoring and biochemical analyses indicate that squirting is essentially the involuntary emission of urine during sexual activity” (Review of female secretions).

Basically, when a woman feels the sensation of squirting, she is releasing pee, involuntarily. It may feel like an orgasm, but based on the chemicals released and the location of release, it is not the same as an orgasm.

Here's my take on the issue, science be damned. I say have sex. Lots of it, as long as it’s consensual. I’m not here to say whether squirting is good or bad. Each woman gets to decide what brings her pleasure and more power to her for identifying what is best for her body. This article is explaining the science behind the squirts. Hopefully, it takes away some of the misconceptions surrounding this topic.