Squirting: Facts vs Myths
Squirting. Female ejaculation. Gushing. We’ve all heard about it - whether it’s whispered locker room rumors or from a partner who wants to see it happen. But how much do you really know about this misunderstood sexual phenomenon?
Check out these six myths & truths about squirting.
MYTH: Squirting isn’t real
Some people may insist that squirting itself is the myth here, but that’s just not true! Squirting is a very real and very normal part of sex and arousal. Lots of people have written about their experiences with squirting, and there’s even been some scientific research on it!
Some people may have determined that squirting itself is a myth because of what they’ve heard about squirting in porn. While it’s true that a lot of squirting depicted in porn is faked or exaggerated, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist - just not with the ease or prevalence you might see in porn. (That is, unless you’re in Britain, where pornography isn’t allowed to include images or videos of female ejaculation!)
FACT: Squirting is normal
While it might freak you out the first time it happens, squirting is completely safe and perfectly normal! It’s possible that up to half of women are squirters, and even if the percentage is much smaller, it’s still part of a normal, healthy range of sexual experiences. It’s also different for everyone - from the appearance to the amount of liquid, and again, it is all normal!
MYTH: Squirting is actually just pee
When a woman squirts, the resulting fluid is odorless, and it can either be clear or milky. It is produced by a part of the vagina called the Skene’s gland. Though its composition is different from the wetness produced by regular female arousal, it contains many of the same proteins. Though it’s not urine, since it comes out of the urethra, there may be some urine contained in it.
FACT: Not everyone can squirt
Research indicates that anywhere between 10-50% of people with vaginas have squirted. Though there are ways to make it more (or less) likely for you or a partner to squirt, nothing is guaranteed. Some people don’t even have the Skene’s glands required for female ejaculation. Every body is unique, and a lack of squirting definitely does not mean that someone isn’t turned on or that anything is wrong!
MYTH: Squirting is the same as an orgasm
Since squirting usually happens when a woman is highly aroused and very relaxed, it’s often assumed to be the result of a powerful orgasm. But the two are not the same - most orgasms happen without squirting, and squirting can take place without an orgasm happening simultaneously. However, most women who squirt do find squirting to be a pleasurable experience!
FACT: You can make squirting more likely
If you or your partner are especially interested in squirting, there are things you can try to make it more likely! After you’ve laid out some towels, get yourself as relaxed and aroused as possible - make it all about you! Use a favorite toy or get into your favorite position. Have your partner focus on your G-spot, using a “come hither” motion with their fingers or using a toy specifically made for it. And then just go with the flow!