We’ve seen it depicted in pretty much every pornography, squirting, is it real and what exactly is it? Make no mistake about it squirting is very real, however what we see in the movies is an overly exaggerated version of what actually happens. In this blog we are going to explain as much as we can about this phenomenon.
Firstly, there are a few different types of bodily fluids produces by women prior, during and sometimes even after intercourse.
Different types of fluid:
- Vaginal lubrication: this is a natural lubricant made by our bodies to get ready for intercourse. The amount of lubrication produced depends on the length of arousal and a number of medical factors. So the comment ‘wow your so wet’ and the understanding of that meaning you are excited and aroused is true, but that doesn’t mean that when you are not as wet you aren’t just as aroused.
During or after intercourse
- Female ejaculation: now this is not squirting. Female ejaculation is produced by the Skene’s gland and is very similar to male ejaculation; your body will release about 1 ml of ejaculate and it is white-ish in colour.
- Squirting: the fluid that is released during squirting is similar to urine but chemically different; it is produced by the urethra and contains a bit of pee but is not all pee (and sometimes contains female ejaculate as well). This bodily fluid is released in larger amounts: from 8 ml up to 150 ml.
Now is squirting the same as an orgasm? The short answer is no. The two aren’t always one and the same. However, the two can appear at the same time but this is not necessarily always the case: sometimes they will appear during intercourse, without ever getting an orgasm and sometimes after you have had an orgasm. Some research believes it happens through G-spot stimulation, but your level of arousal and the position or technique may also play a role in this.
Is every women able to squirt? Just because squirting is real, doesn’t mean that all women do it; one study of 300 participants reported that only seven women self-reported female ejaculation during orgasm. But keep in mind, just because you haven’t experienced it yet doesn’t mean you are unable to squirt and even if you never squirt, that’s totally OK too! Nobody is the same after all.