Female Ejaculation: a ‘Mystery’ Explored

June 12th, 2017






“In my next life, I want to live backwards. Start out dead and finish off as a female orgasm.”

Woody Allen



As many of you know, the majority of these blogs come from common questions and issues raised by my clients in clinic. Some questions relate to a direct health issue but many do not. They address concerns, worries or reflections about wider aspects of life as it affects them.


Today’s blog comes from questions from both male and female clients about female ejaculation (a.k.a. ‘squirting, ‘gushing’, ‘fountain orgasm’ etc) and the potential anxieties and misunderstandings that surround it. This is not a ‘how to’ article but a look at understanding what it is and even how it might be part of old, survival mechanisms.


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There are varying degrees of misunderstanding around the female orgasm – in particular the ability for women to ‘ejaculate’ under certain types of sexual stimulation. There seems to be a wide range of opinion about this phenomenon – from outright denial that it exists; to thinking it is a kind of urination from ‘coital incontinence’; to curiosity but inability to achieve it for oneself.


Let us address the most common questions:



Is female ejaculation ‘a thing’ – is it real?
Simple answer to this one: yes. Understandably perhaps, reliable statistical information about the numbers of women who have experienced a squirting/gushing orgasm is difficult to obtain. Depending on the survey you read it can be anywhere from 10-50% of women who have experienced or regularly experience ejaculation orgasms.



Isn’t it just uncontrolled urination (orgasm triggered incontinence)?
No (and yes-ish…). While it is true that the liquid of female ejaculate does contain traces of urine there are two important differences.


1. It is highly diluted compared to normal urination and is virtually odourless
2. It contains substances that urine does not – which goes some way to explaining its purpose (more on this shortly)


An oft-quoted French study from the Journal of Sexual medicine is somewhat inconclusive due to the small sample number (7 women). However it is illuminating in some areas.


The women had to empty their bladders before any sexual stimulation (with a partner or alone) commenced. A sample of their urine was taken. Once they were sufficiently aroused their bladders were again measured via ultrasound and found to have already refilled (albeit in a more diluted form). Samples of the ejaculate fluid were taken, analysed and compared to the original urine sample.


So did the ejaculate fluid contain urine? Yes, but quite diluted and odourless along with other substances not found in the original urine sample: prostatic acid phosphatase (PAP) and prostatic-specific antigen (PSA). These are chemicals created in the prostate gland by men. 

That female ejaculate contains both traces of urine and PAP and PSA is not surprising given that origin of the fluid is from the urethra, not the vagina.


So, to summarise:



What is PAP and PSA and what purpose might it serve for women?
Prostatic acid phosphatase and prostatic specific antigen are produced in women via the para-urethral glands (that is, situated around the wall of the urinary tract) called Skene’s glands. These glands drain into the urethra and are part of the area known as the female ‘G-spot’ (a.k.a. Gräfenberg spot, named after the German gynecologist Ernst Gräfenberg).


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This suggests that it is connected to the so-called ‘G-spot orgasm’. Many (but by no means all) women can experience orgasm through stimulation of the G-spot area – as opposed via penetration that does not contact the G-spot directly.



Emotional content: why female ejaculation is not urination



Ask any woman who has experienced an ejaculatory orgasm and see if she considers it the same as urination! That alone should be enough evidence to understand the difference. I think we can all agree there is a very dramatic and subjectively verifiable difference between urinating and having an orgasm.


There is a saying: “Women are the victors in sex.” This not only refers to their greater stamina than men due to their potential to be multi-orgasmic without the need to ‘rest and reload’ between orgasms. We now know that there are very distinct and different ways they can achieve and experience orgasm. Among these are via:


  • Vaginal (non G-spot) stimulation/penetration
  • G-spot stimulation
  • Clitoral stimulation
  • Anal stimulation/penetration


Of course to those sensitive enough, orgasm can occur in more subtle, less mechanically clinical ways as well. After all, many areas previously thought not to be particularly erogenous can become so by stimulating our most erotic area – our mind. But that is another matter outside of this discussion.


In addition many woman report that orgasms due to different areas being stimulated are very different in nature. The G-spot/squirting orgasm is often described as affecting the whole body more than by clitoral stimulation alone for example. Subjectively at least, this suggests a different mechanism at work.


Female ejaculation: a survival mechanism?


Mothers in labour can experience orgasm and ejaculation too. Sometimes it is what it appears to be – incontinence due to the downward pressure of the baby on the bladder – but not always.

As the baby’s head puts pressure on the G-spot, the Skene’s glands can release PAP/PSA into the urethra and, along with diluted urine, express as a squirting orgasm. What practical purpose might this serve?

For one, it increases lubrication easing the most difficult part of childbirth. Secondly it causes a rush of pain killing endorphins and helps the mother to relax. It just may be part of an ancient survival mechanism to aid successful childbirth.

Of course, this is an unproven theory but it is logical and does illustrate the mechanical connection between the G-spot, Skene’s glands and female ejaculation.



Anxiety about squirting orgasms
Perhaps knowing that female ejaculation is not the same as urination will help some women just relax and enjoy themselves more during sex. While it is true that many have to overcome the initial sensation that they will pee themselves this soon passes and pleasure replaces it.


Hopefully their partners are informed about this as well (another function of this blog hopefully) and can be supportive and encouraging.


As this has been a rather technical discussion, here is a joke to lighten the confusion surrounding female ejaculation:


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Two men are talking. One says he has just read about woman being able to ejaculate with a squirting orgasm. The other silently considers this revelation for a while and then replies: “Yeah, I think I’ve had one or two of those myself!”



Till another Monday comes whether we intended it to or not…



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