Chances are you’ve at least heard of “squirting,” a term used to describe a pretty messy female ejaculation. According to Pornhub, “squirt” is the eighth most searched term worldwide, as well as in the United States, and “squirting orgasm” was searched 304 percent more in 2015 than in 2014, worldwide. Country-wise, people in Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, Colombia, Italy, the Netherlands and Romania conduct searches on Pornhub containing the word “squirt” more than the rest of the world.
If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably been skeptical of “squirting.” Or you’ve chosen to remain completely oblivious to the fact that it seems an awful lot like peeing. In other words, you may have asked yourself this very pressing question: is “squirting” a real female ejaculation or is it just pee? I interviewed Dr. Susan Milstein, a sexologist who teaches a human sexuality course at GW, among other jobs. The very first question I asked her, being the skeptic of “squirting” I am, was if it’s just pee or something different.
Milstein said “squirting” is real, but not much research has been done on the topic. Depending on the research, she said, anywhere between 10 and 40 percent of women “squirt” on a regular basis. That’s a huge gap, though, which further proves that not enough research is being done. Money isn’t being spent on this research, though, because it has no profitability.
But profitability isn’t the only thing holding back research on squirting. “To be quite blunt,” Milstein said, “we don’t put a lot of effort and consideration into women’s pleasure compared to men’s pleasure.”
One study that was conducted was done in France, and it included a whopping seven women. Seven whole women! Can you even believe it?! Anyone who knows anything about research knows that seven women is not nearly enough to generalize findings to the population at large. Yet, they did and since there’s not much other data to go off, I’m going to highlight the results of this study, but keep in mind, these deductions were made from experimenting with just seven subjects.
This study, which was published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, involved the women experiencing purposeful sexual stimulation while having their abdomen monitored via an ultrasound. The ultrasound showed the empty bladders of these women filling up as the sexual stimulation progressed. After the women had “squirted,” the ultrasound showed an empty bladder again. In this study, the researchers also chemically tested the liquid emitted to see what comprised it. It’s almost completely urine, but there was a small bit of PSA, or prostate-specific antigen. Unsurprising given its name, PSA is mostly in semen, helping sperm swim. In women, PSA is secreted from the skenes gland, which is sometimes referred to as the female prostate, but Milstein hates that term.
So, according to this study of only seven women, “squirting” is mostly pee, but it’s not a woman voluntarily peeing on her partner. Plus, the amount of PSA differs from woman to woman, Milstein said. More generally, the amount of liquid emitted during the actual “squirting” differs, too.
“For some [women], it’s like a teaspoon, and for others, it’s like, ‘We’re going to have to change the sheets,'” Milstein said.
“For some [women], it’s like a teaspoon, and for others, it’s like, ‘We’re going to have to change the sheets.'”
“Squirting” is different than “female ejaculation,” at least, according to Beverly Whipple, a neurophysiologist who Milstein said conducts a lot of research on female pleasure. Whipple told the Huffington Post that “female ejaculation” should only be used when describing PSA, not the entirety of the liquid emitted from “squirting,” which, again, is mostly urine.
As previously mentioned, there’s a huge range in the research of the percent of women who can “squirt.” Some women report “squirting” all the time, but others report only being able to in specific situations or positions. This difference, Milstein said, could be due to communication, or the lack-there-of. Some women might stop themselves from “squirting” because they fear their partners are going to be turned off by it. That doesn’t necessarily mean if there was more communication in relationships, more women would squirt, but it could mean that increased comfort and communication in a relationship could result in less women stopping themselves from “squirting.”
Let’s bring the partners into this. I asked Milstein why “squirting” is something that turns guys on, my own general consensus based on the guy I once hooked up with who asked me if I could and the sheer amount of porn videos that feature squirting. In response to my question, she asked me one of her own: how many women can fake squirting?
It was a valid question, especially since we also talked about women faking orgasms. I noted earlier that the French study concluded “squirting” is an involuntary thing. Well, Milstein said that’s probably why a lot of guys (and girls) are into it.
“I think for some men, it’s like ‘Ah-ha! She’s definitely enjoying it. Look what I’ve done,” said Milstein. Being able to see that physical reaction is a confirmation that he did something right.
For others, it could be the novelty of “squirting.” Either they’ve never been with a women who could do it or they’ve seen it in porn and want to see if they’re as capable as porn stars.
For those who may be thinking, “I want to know if I can do this,” or, “I’m going to try to make someone else do this,” I’ve got some bad news. There’s no exact method to guarantee “squirting.” Hitting the “g-spot” or stimulating the clit a specific way won’t do the trick. The best advice would be trial and error if you’re a guy and masturbate if you’re a girl – and, of course, communicate with your partner about it.
“I’m a sophomore and I’ve had sex with over 40 people since coming to GW. I even made a flow chart to organize them all. Also, still don’t have STDs, nice.” – Slutty Betch, 20
“This one morning after a party I woke up with some random girl in my bed. I asked my roommate what was up and he whispered to me, “Dude, the messed up part is that when I walked in like 2 hours ago there were 4 heads on that mattress.” – LEMEBEHUGHHEFFEY