Would Sex and the City lie to you? Even in the medical community, some doctors still wonder is squirting real or a myth. But Samantha Jones wouldn't lie to you, and for the women who experience squirting — where fluid gushes from the vulva — it's a totally real phenomenon. For other women, the question of whether or not the female ejaculation is real is offensive. Even pondering its reality adds to its lure, like it's some elusive act performed by only the most adept women in bed and porn stars. Last year, Vice published a big story "debunking" the female orgasm, that had people pissed off. So squirting remains a hot topic.
Vice pointed to one medical study that concluded female ejaculate was a myth, and that the fluid some women reported producing was nothing but urine. But anyone who knows anything about medical research is that studies are performed all the time that give conflicting answers to medical questions. And, researchers are quick to point out variables that question a study's validity. Bear in mind that this is a tricky thing that's being tested. In real-life, isolating the fluid that gushes from the vulva is nearly impossible—think of all the other juices that flow when you get it on, especially with someone else. Despite that, er, hardship, there's evidence that female ejaculate is not only real, but has a distinct chemical make-up. So, with that in mind, here are seven things to know about squirting.
1. Female Ejaculate Contains A Special Fluid
According to The Frisky, scientists studied the composition of female ejaculate in a lab. They determined it originates in the the Skene glands in the tissue surrounding the urethra that are analogous to the prostate in men, and it even has prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in it. The National Center for Biotechnology Information confirms that PSA can be excreted by females, but acknowledges further studies are required to determine more about it.
2. Female Ejaculate Is Different From Urine
The Journal of Sexual Medicine confirmed that female ejaculation doesn’t have any of the urea, creatinine, or uric acid found in urine. So, it's not just pee.
3. If You Squirt, Don't Be Embarrassed
Shape reported that doctors see patients who are embarrassed about squirting for a variety of reasons. A lot of the time, women don't have any control over when it's going to happen, so for a new partner, the gush of fluid will definitely come as a surprise. In that same article, director of the Female Sexual Medicine Program at Stanford University Medical Center Dr. Leah Millheiser advised women who squirt to tell new partners before getting intimate, and to lay a towel down on your sheets.
4. Most Squirting In Porn Is Fake
"Of course it’s faked for porn sometimes," porn star Carter Cruise told Fusion. Some actresses fill their vaginas with water before the shot, Fusion noted. How... sexy?
5. Squirting Is Not The 'Unicorn Of Sex'
Fusion reported that approximately between 10 and 54 percent of women experience ejaculation and/or squirting. So, it's real, folks.
6. Squirting Is Banned On Screen In Britain
Fusion also reported that squirting is banned on screen in Britain. The British Board of Film Classification deemed squirting analogous to urination, and according to the country's decency laws, urinating on screen is "indecent."
7. Squirting Isn't The End-All Of Sex
Thinking about the hierarchy of orgasms you can have is too rigid in my mind, for an activity like sex, where you can cut loose and let go. Besides, there are so many pressures culture and women themselves internalize to be the best at everything. By making squirting something all women should aspire to, you're taking the fun out of playtime.
So just let your body do what it wants to do. If it feels good, isn't that all that matters?