As you may well know if you have read anything at all about female ejaculation, Dr Ernst Gräfenberg is commonly credited with the discovery of female ejaculation.
(That’s despite the fact that there are fourth century Taoist texts written for men who wanted to satisfy women in bed which clearly refer to female ejaculation.)
But no matter! Our purpose here is to consider the evidence about the make up of female ejaculatory fluid. That perennial question which just doesn’t go away – is it pee or is it some mysterious feminine Amrita?
Gräfenberg was the first scientist to examine female ejaculate. He reported that it had no characteristics of urine. What he observed was a clear fluid being emitted in gushes from the urethra.
And you can certainly see this kind of thing everywhere on the Internet. But it’s inconceivable that this fluid is the product of the female prostatic tissue. (That’s what’s in the Skene’s glands, which are made up of tissue similar to male prostate gland tissue. They surround the urethra in women.)
Watch any squirting video, and simple common sense tells you that the volume of fluid which is being squirted is so great it cannot possibly come from the Skene’s glands.
These glands produce only a teaspoonful of fluid.
This is nowhere near enough to account for what we see in gushing.
So What is Gushing?
Gushing occurs when the G spot in the vagina is stimulated with the hard and fast movements of a man’s finger (or a woman’s own finger).
The relevant science for this particular phenomenon – I mean gushing – seems to come from a study conducted in France.
Start from the obvious fact that you could not contain a glassful of water – which is the kind of quantity that women squirt or gush – in the prostatic tissue around the urethra. There is no evidence whatsoever of such volumes of fluid being stored here.
And then the study conducted by Samuel Salama and his colleagues in France seems to prove that squirting is really the involuntary release of fluid from the bladder.
He studied seven women who claimed to be able to squirt as much as a glass of water during orgasm. They provided a urine sample, emptied their bladders, and then underwent an ultrasound to confirm that in fact they were pee-free.
Then, either alone or with a partner to help them, they enjoyed sexual stimulation until they were beginning to get sexually aroused. At this point a second ultrasound scan of their bladder was taken. After that, the woman continued stimulation until they squirted. Another ultrasound followed.
Unsurprisingly, the first ultrasound showed 7 empty bladders, the second one (in the middle of arousal) showed that there was “significant bladder filling”, and the final ultrasound (after squirting) showed that the women’s bladders were again empty.
So whatever is happening here does indeed seem to be about the expulsion of fluid from the bladder. But the interesting thing is that this fluid is always described as being different to urine. No-one ever suggests it smells or tastes like urine.
Now perhaps there is some mechanism which means that a woman’s bladder fills up more quickly during sexual stimulation. As far as I know, nobody’s done any research on that idea.
One important point is that this fluid, even in the large quantities these women “ejaculated” or “squirted” or “gushed” (as you prefer) did contain prostate specific antigen or PSA.
But then you would expect some PSA because the liquid would naturally pass the Skene’s glands when it passed down the urethra.
So it would seem that at least in some cases what women are referring to as “female ejaculation” is the involuntary ejaculation of some sort of fluid from the bladder which may or may not resemble urine.
And when you look at the level of stimulation necessary to produce this “gushing” phenomenon, you realize that it’s very hard and fast stimulation indeed.
It seems to me quite likely that the stimulation in fact is so hard that it has the potential to trigger some kind of involuntary ejaculation of fluid from the bladder.
Is that likely? Well, women often report a feeling of needing to pee when they first experience G spot stimulation.
So in fact, this explanation seems so obvious to me that I’d go so far as to say I think it’s most likely true.
But the interesting thing is that when you look at women who receive this level of stimulation, the intensity of their orgasm is much increased and it looks like a very powerful experience.
Perhaps this is because nerves to the clitoris and maybe even the uterus are stimulated at the same time as the nerves to the bladder?
While that remains speculative, we do know that there is a genuine form of female ejaculation. Don’t get me wrong, I’m only using the word “genuine” in the sense that it is the ejaculation of fluid from the Skene’s glands.
This fluid is a creamy or milky white liquid and is a much smaller volume of fluid emitted due to manual manipulation and pressure on the G spot.
But! It’s important to remember that no matter what form female ejaculation takes, the reason for achieving this outcome is to make women feel more intense or more satisfying orgasms.
This isn’t about a female sexual trick simply employed to thrill a man. At least, I’d hope not.
A small amount of creamy white fluid which some women ejaculate from the urethra when they reach orgasm is what we should technically be calling female ejaculate.
And when women wet the bed with copious amounts of clear fluid, we have to assume that that is coming from the bladder. That’s because the study described above is convincing evidence that squirting or gushing is actually bladder related.
The small amount of creamy milky white fluid comes from Skene’s glands which drain into the urethra. No surprise, then, that large amounts of fluid expelled in gushing or squirting will pick up some PSA.
Beverly Whipple, a neurophysiologist who was involved in the discovery of the G spot, seems to prefer the term “female ejaculation” to refer only to the production of this small amount of white creamy fluid at orgasm.
And again, to emphasize the point – it doesn’t matter. What really matters is how woman feels when she’s enjoying her experience.
Keep in mind is that when a woman thinks she might be about to urinate, she’s quite likely to clamp down the muscles which prevent that happening.
That could direct female ejaculate back into the bladder.
The significance of this? Maybe all women ejaculate, but only some feel liberated enough to allow the fluid to squirt out wherever it wants to go.
And when all’s said and done, involuntary urination as a result of intense stimulation of the G spot may be just as exciting as the emission of fluid from the Skene’s glands. Surely at the end of the day, what matters most is sexual pleasure?