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Are You Actually Peeing When You Squirt?

It’s one of those age-old questions that have haunted humans for centuries—right up there with what happens when you die? and why do the best shows on Netflix always get cancelled after two seasons?… Is squirt pee?


While it may seem like a simple yes-or-no question, the answer is: yes and no. But don't worry - we can explain.


“Squirting” aka female ejaculation, is when a person with a vagina gushes fluid, usually during an orgasm. Maybe you've seen it in porn (in which case it was probably fake, FYI) or maybe you've actually experienced it. It doesn't happen to all vagina-owners and it doesn't happen all the time - so if you're pretty sure you've had plenty of orgasms before and have never squirted, you can relax - but it is very much a thing!

Okay, but what exactly is that thing… and more importantly, is it pee? Again, it's complicated. The shortest of short answers? Squirting comes from the urethra. So yeah, there's probably at least a little pee in it. That said, squirt is not the same thing as pee because, well, it's just not.


So why all of the confusion? Despite millennia of evidence that squirting is a very real thing that happens to some women and people with vaginas during sex, so much about it still remains a big fat question mark. Experts have yet to come to a consensus on how, when, or why squirting happens - and, most importantly, whether or not it's actual pee that comes out.


Meanwhile, the research that does exist on squirting is often confusing. For starters, let's take a look at a 2013 study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine that estimates that between 10 and 54 percent of women ejaculate fluid during sex. Okay, so either half of all people with vaginas squirt… or next to none at all. We stan an accurate statistic. There are a handful of other small, conflicting studies about the phenomenon, but doctors say way more specific research is needed, which makes it tricky to declare “STFU, it's not pee” at brunch with any kind of conviction.

The thing is, though, the world really, really wants to understand it. Perhaps thanks to porn, curiosity over this sexual feat has reached an all-time high. Basically, it's the Loch Ness monster of our sexuality - the less evidence there is about it, the more we want to know.


So what do we know? Research has shown that squirt contains something called prostate-specific antigen, a protein found in semen, which suggests that women do have the ability to cum sort of like guys do. Some experts say that protein comes from the Skene's glands, aka the female prostate, located on either side of the urethra.


Squirting has been thought to happen when the Skene's glands expel an alkaline, milky white fluid - usually in tandem with orgasm, but not always. The Skene's glands are located near the urethral sponge, and they only release about one o two tablespoons of liquid in total.

But what if I'm a gusher? Here's where it gets tricky. There are actually two kinds of squirting: squirting through the Skene's gland, and what has come to be known as “gushing” squirt. It doesn't really matter, though, because (spoiler alert) there's probably still a bit of pee in both as they are both emitted through the urethra.


That said, if your partner is a big, fire-hydrant squirter, it's likely coming from the bladder, not the Skene's. But don't freak out. Unless you or your partner are totally squeamish, squirting - and what exactly this love juice contains - is really NBD. Here's a little secret: it doesn't actually matter whether squirt is pee or not. Why? Because pleasure is pleasure.  Either way it's great and everyone should just calm down about it.


Yes, you may need to clean up after an intense squirt sesh, but don't let that kill your vibe. Most people find even just the idea of squirting incredibly hot. And honestly, if someone is making you nut so hard you're legit losing all control over your own body… who cares about a little mess?

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