What is Squirting? Everything You Need to Know
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What does squirting mean?
Squirting is considered a random expression of sexual arousal and orgasm that can occur in highly aroused and multi-orgasmic women. It mainly consists of the release of clear fluid from the urethra during sexual activity or orgasm. This fluid is often expelled in variable amounts ranging from 0.3 mL to more than 150 mL and often comes out in a forceful or spurt-like way, hence the term “squirting.”
How does squirting happen and where does the fluid come from?
Squirting is achieved mainly through the stimulation of the clitoris and the vagina during masturbation or coitus. According to research, there are three probable sources of female sexual fluids including: the urinary bladder, the vagina, and the paraurethral glands. In particular, it could also be a combination of these. Sexologists discussed these sources:
- The paraurethral glands, also called Skene’s glands and considered a female prostate, have a small secretion capacity and do not have the necessary muscle for a forceful contraction that might result in the discharge of fluid in a squiring manner, thus it cannot be the source of massive squirting.
- The urinary bladder, on the other hand, is the only organ capable of collecting and holding hundreds of milliliters of fluid, which is then squirted down the urethra by the detrusor muscle, a large muscle with forceful contractions.
The latter theory is backed by Imaging observations in certain studies showing a significant bladder filling during sexual arousal and excitement followed by the total bladder emptiness after squirting in all subjects.
What is squirting fluid made of? Is it the same as pee?
Studies found that squirting fluid secreted during sexual climax:
- is biochemically identical to urine. Some sexologists have established that it resembles considerably diluted urines.
- contained PSA (prostate-specific antigen): during sexual intercourse, the female prostate is also stimulated. It is believed that its secretion into the urethra may contaminate squirting fluid along with others. Nonetheless, its presence does not make the prostate the origin of the squirting fluid.
Up until very recently, all fluids expelled during ejaculation orgasm were under the same term: “female ejaculation”, due to their similarity to male ejaculation, with no significant differentiation between female ejaculation, squirting, or coital urinary incontinence.
Is squirting considered as female ejaculation?
In contrast to squirting, female ejaculation refers to the ejection of a small volume of viscous fluid from the female prostate. Previous published research had all failed to distinguish between these two fluids, resulting in confusion and contradicting results. Nonetheless, recent studies have shown an interest in this subject and have carried out studies to differentiate these two terms:
- Fluid composition: While squirting is biochemically identical to urine, as previously stated, female ejaculate is biochemically different from urine as it contains high concentrations of prostate-specific antigen (PSA). It essentially possesses the biological properties of male semen but excludes gametes.
- Fluid source: Both fluids are released from the urethra but do not originate from the same structures. It has been well established that the fluid in squirting is released from the urinary bladder, while the fluid in female ejaculation is secreted from the female prostate.
- Fluid characteristics: Studies defined squirting as a massive, involuntary ejection of transparent, watery fluid during orgasm, whereas female ejaculation produces a sparse fluid (limited to a few milliliters) comparable to “watered-down” or “fat-free milk.”
Is it the same as coital incontinence?
Despite agreeing that fluids were released during orgasm, sexologists discussed the possibility of coital stress incontinence. This hypothesis was based on the fact that the volume of fluids ejected was big.
Coital urinary incontinence is defined as the involuntary leakage of urine during sexual activity, it has been classified into two separate types: the urinary incontinence that happens during penetration and the incontinence that occurs during climax or orgasm.
The majority of women suffering from this problem have a condition known as “detrusor overactivity” in which orgasm causes bladder contractions and occasionally sphincter relaxation, resulting in involuntary pee loss.
Late experiments, on the other hand, found no evidence of urinary incontinence or detrusor overactivity in women who experienced squirting which suggests that as-yet-unidentified processes are at work during sexual excitation and stimulation to cause the phenomenon of squirting over diluted urines. Another intriguing aspect that supports this idea is that women did not ingest excessive amounts of liquids in the hours preceding the trials.
In conclusion, can squirting be considered as coital urinary incontinence?
Answer: Due to their similar physical symptoms, squirting and coital urinary incontinence are frequently confused, but they are distinct phenomena. This suggests that some sexual behaviors could contribute to the development of large urine discharge even in the absence of pathological disease.
Can all women experience it?
Squirting is considered a physiological phenomenon but also an uncommon sexual response.
The prevalence of this phenomenon is difficult to assess; specialists estimate that 10-40% of all women may have an emission of fluid during orgasm on a regular or occasional basis, while others believe the incidence is just about 5%.
How does it affect sexual life?
Squirting does not elicit the same emotion in women. While some sexologists claimed that almost four of five women with squirting believed that this occurrence constituted an “enrichment” of their sexual life, others held different views. For certain individuals, the unintentional flow of real pee during intercourse might be psychotraumatic. Some of them reportedly underwent surgery to address this “problem”, while others claimed they suppressed their orgasms to avoid wetting the bed.
How to achieve it?
Not all women can experience squirting, there is no right or wrong way to attain it, however, there are some tips that can help women who are able to squirt to experience it again:
- Stimulation: Squirting often results from the direct stimulation of the clitoris and vagina. Certain studies claim that the stimulation of other extragenital erogenous zones, such as the nipples, can also cause squirting. Some females believe that concentrating on the G-spot, which is situated at the anterior wall of the vagina, helps them squirt.
- Experimenting: Trying different types of simulations can help individuals know what they enjoy most.
- Relaxation: Women who feel comfortable, and at ease during sexual intercourse or masturbation may be more likely to experience squirting.
- Communication: it’s important to communicate with one’s partner(s) about what sexual behaviors or acts feel good and what doesn’t.
Squirting as seen in porn videos
The incorrect and inaccurate representation of squirting through erotic videos can significantly disrupt an individual’s or a couple’s sexual life and can lead to widespread misunderstandings about female sexuality. Pornography frequently depicts squirting as a common sign of sexual arousal and pleasure, which can frustrate and confuse women who are experiencing these sensations or, on the other side, leave women who are unable to experience it with a sense of sexual imperfections. It also creates incorrect and unrealistic expectations for men when it comes to orgasm in women.
Therefore, squirting can be different from how pornography portrays it as it isn’t a frequent event, it doesn’t happen to all women and it doesn’t always indicate that orgasms with squirting are preferable to those without.