The Secret to Female Ejaculation – Where Does It Come Out From?

By Iván Ferrer Durbà BSc (biologist & science teacher).
Last Update: 01/12/2017
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Female ejaculation, commonly called squirting, is a natural phenomenon which actual existence has been questioned in today’s society by a number of people. Often confused with urine, the most solid medical explanation on its origin says that it comes out from the urethra, and not from the vagina.

Although there exist countless myths and misconceptions about it, the truth is that it is nothing but a healthy, natural phenomenon that can happen at any time, to any woman: during and after pregnancy, after menopause, or even after a hysterectomy.

The different sections of this article have been assembled into the following table of contents.

Where does it come out from?

In women, the glandular tissue located below the bladder and surrounding the urethra appears to be homologous to the male prostate. It is called female prostate or Skene’s glands, and is the source of a white, viscous secretion that exits from the urethra upon sexual arousal.

Many women produce this liquid—even in small quantities—, which means that all of them can experience the female ejaculation. Although it is clear that being able to ejaculate depends to a great extent on the Skene’s glands, the truth is that it still remains an enigma for experts.

The nerve roots of the clitoris surrounding the urethra make it an especially sensitive area which is commonly known as G-spot. It is in this area where we can find the Skene’s glands that, apart from producing estrogens, secrete this fluid.

It is important to make a distinction between ejaculating, squirting and gushing:

  • Ejaculating: It comes out from the urethra despite being produced by the Skene’s glands from the G-spot.
  • Squirting: It is defined as a form of dilute urine that is generated by the bladder, but exits from the urethra as well.
  • Gushing: It involves the expulsion of clear fluid from the urinary bladder.

An important difference between ejaculating and squirting is linked to their compounds: given that the fluid women expel when squirting comes from the bladder, its composition is quite similar to that of urine.

Stimulating the G-Spot makes the blood flow to be higher in these glands, which gets them to expel this liquid through the urethra. This is an important fact to keep in mind, as many people believe that women ejaculate through the vagina.

It is estimated that about 10 to 50% of women squirt at orgasm. It should be clear that, even though the vagina segregates a lubricant fluid to ease penetration, the female ejaculation has its own urethral exit at orgasm.

The way in which each woman achieves it is also different. The quantity of fluid that is produced as well as how it is expelled varies from woman to woman. While some do it little by little in small quantities, others are able to shoot a big load.

Composition, smell and appearance

It is an odorless and tasteless milky fluid which color ranges from whitish to transparent. For some women, it smells like urine or even ammonia, a fact that can be explained by the presence of small traces of urine, as it moves through the lower portion of the urethra before being expelled.

This substance, which is released by the urethra and not by the vagina, contains prostate-specific antigen (PSA) and prostatic acid phosphatase (PAP). These substances are released by the Skene’s glands, and can be found in urine too, although in lower concentrations.

The analysis of this substance has revealed the presence of other components, such as:

  • Urea and creatinine in smaller portions than in urine.
  • Compounds that are also present in the seminal fluid, except for sperms.
  • Traces of glucose
  • Zinc

A number of analyses have identified in the ejaculate of many women the presence of antimicrobial secretions. In such cases, it was proven that women who are actually capable of expelling this substance when ejaculating had fewer chances of suffering from urinary tract infections (UTIs) caused by sex.

Some people believe that not all women are capable of ejaculating, which is to say, that it is all about training and practice. The truth is, no definitive studies have been conducted to date from which we can affirm or refute how true is this. Because of this uncertainty, there exist a number of myths and misconceptions surrounding this topic, which are described below:

“It doesn’t exist: it’s nothing but urine”

Many women believe that they urinate during intercourse, which makes them feel insecure. Because of these feelings, several women have undergone surgery in the bladder because they thought it was a case of incontinence.

We know, however, that it’s not due to urinary incontinence, since this exit of fluids occurs even after the woman has urinated. Furthermore, this fluid, the composition of which is different from the urine, only exits during sexual intercourse and not with physical efforts.

While some women have to rest for a few hours before it happens again, others get it on several occasions in a short time period. How many times a woman may ejaculate depends on a number of factors such as age, physical conditions, and the fear she has to urinate, among others.

“It is necessary for pregnancy as it turns sex into a ‘full’ experience”

The old wives’ tale saying that women who are actually capable of ejaculating experience more pleasant sexual intercourse and are more likely to become pregnant is not true. In other words: ejaculating is not a sign of pregnancy.

Again, it depends on each particular case, and having the ability to do so does not necessarily mean a greater level of overall sexual satisfaction. It is nothing but another type of sexual response.

“It is not possible after menopause”

There is no physical reason why a woman should stop experiencing ejaculatory orgasms after menopause. There is a common misconception in today’s society which associates the end of a woman’s sex life with menopause.

Although it is true that hormonal fluctuations may have an influence on a woman’s libido, turning to hormone replacement therapies, or just waiting for the body to readjust its hormonal levels can help with it and make intercourse as pleasant as it has always been.

“Only a few women can ejaculate”

To date, data has shown that around 60% of women admits having been able to ejaculate at least once in their lifetime. There are two main causes why not every woman might be able to ejaculate:

  • Not every woman has the Skene’s glands (also known as female prostate) as developed as to produce enough liquid to be appreciated.
  • Even if their Skene’s glands are mature enough, most women hold themselves back for fear of urinating.

FAQs from users

Is female ejaculation unsafe during pregnancy?

By Iván Ferrer Durbà BSc (biologist & science teacher).
No, it is not. Women can continue with their sex life despite being pregnant. In fact, some are able to experience ejaculation for the first time during pregnancy as a consequence of undo pressure on the pelvic regions.

Will I be able to ejaculate after hysterectomy?

By Iván Ferrer Durbà BSc (biologist & science teacher).
As seen earlier, experts have not reached a consensus on whether female ejaculation actually exists or not. Nevertheless, be it involuntary urine or an actual fluid originated from the Skene's glands, it does not come out from the uterus or cervix, so the answer is no: hysterectomy would not change a woman's ability to ejaculate.

What are the main health benefits of female ejaculate?

By Iván Ferrer Durbà BSc (biologist & science teacher).
The following is a list of the most common benefits reported by those who have experienced it at least once in their lifetime:
  • Extraordinary intense orgasm, which causes not only physical and sexual pleasure, but also mental enjoyment.
  • It can increase a woman’s sexual confidence
  • It can improve a couple’s sex life
  • It gives women the chance to learn more about their bodies and how some relevant parts function

How do you get a woman to ejaculate?

By Iván Ferrer Durbà BSc (biologist & science teacher).
Firstly, urinating before engaging into sexual intercourse may be the key to achieve climax while dispelling any doubt arising and being sure that it is nothing but ejaculation. Stimulating the clitoris helps, too. If a woman feels that she has to urinate and pushes with the muscles of her vagina, ejaculation is very likely to happen. Those couples who experience the female ejaculation brag about it. An orgasm combined with female ejaculation is one of the most intense feelings that a woman can experience.

What is the relationship between female ejaculation and back pain?

By Iván Ferrer Durbà BSc (biologist & science teacher).
Back pain associated with orgasms, whether ejaculation occurs or not, is a condition called female dysorgasmia. However, not much is known about this alteration to date. It usually happens when a woman climaxes, and appears in the form of a cramp-like pain in the lower part of the abdomen which can be referred to the back or rectum area. Most patients describe it as an intense, bothersome pain that passes within a few minutes. Some studies have found that, given the fact that it occurs most often in women aged 35 to 55, it may be linked to menopause. Other theories associate it with the presence of ovarian cysts, endometriosis or fibroids.

Does female ejaculate kill sperm?

By Iván Ferrer Durbà BSc (biologist & science teacher).
No, it does not. Neither is it true that urine kills sperm, so even if your ejaculate fluid contained urine or if a woman pees before having sex, her chances of getting pregnant would not be affected. What is true is that some women produce antisperm antibodies naturally which can "kill" sperm and compromise a couple's chances for having a baby. To learn more, we recommend you to visit the following post: What are antisperm antibodies?

Why is female ejaculation known as "Amrita" or "nectar of the gods"?

By Iván Ferrer Durbà BSc (biologist & science teacher).
The esoteric tradition of Hinduism and Buddhism known as Tantra or tantric sex refers to female ejaculation, squirting and gushing as amrita, which meaning is, in fact, nectar of the gods. It is also known as kalas. According to Tantra, having the ability to produce kalas is a manifestation of a woman's sexual energy.
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Iván Ferrer Durbà (Biologist & Science Teacher)
Bachelor's Degree in Biology by the University of Valencia (UV). Postgraduate Course in Secondary Education and Teaching by the University of Portsmouth. Teacher of Sciences at multiple British schools and high schools.
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