shop Lola

Myth busting: Is squirting just peeing?

Myth busting: Is squirting just peeing?

Yep — we’re talking about the mystery fluid that shoots out of some women during orgasm or stimulation. Maybe you’ve seen it in porn, squirted yourself, read about it online, listened to your friend brag about her fountain-like abilities, or wondered if it’s actually legit or just pee.

We’ve known about squirting since the fourth century, where it’s mentioned in several ancient Chinese Taoist texts. Aristotle, an ancient Greek scientist and philosopher, described the emission of female fluids in his medical writings around 300 B.C. These days, doctors remain interested in squirting and are conducting clinical experiments to learn more about it. Is it the same biological response as male ejaculation? And, um, what exactly… gets squirted — is it pee, or something else entirely? Does it come out of the vagina or the bladder?

The intrigue surrounding squirting is definitely not limited to clinicians. Maybe you’ve personally experienced it or have always been curious how it happens. We turned to science to answer your — and our — most pressing questions.

Let’s talk vocab: ‘squirting’ vs. ‘female ejaculation’

While the terms “squirting” and “female ejaculation” are often used interchangeably, research shows these physiological responses and the substances they produce are different.

In this 2011 study, researchers performed biochemical analysis on two distinct female fluids expelled during sex. The “clear and abundant” fluid ejected in gushes was described as being similar to diluted urine. The second liquid was found to be comparable to components of male semen and released in smaller quantities compared to the other. The authors concluded, “The real female ejaculation is the release of a very scanty, thick, and whitish fluid from the female prostate, while squirting is the expulsion of a diluted fluid from the urinary bladder.”

Dr. Madeleine Castellanos, tells BuzzFeed, “Since it’s such a tiny amount and some gets pushed back into the vagina, you may not notice [female ejaculate].”

Squirting for science
In 2014, scientists decided to take their studies of squirting and female ejaculation a step further by performing a biochemical analysis of the fluids emitted (similar to the 2011 study) and pelvic ultrasound scans to observe the bladder. Seven women reporting “massive fluid emission” during sexual stimulation participated in the study.

First, the researchers asked the women to empty their bladders, provide a urine sample, and then undergo a pelvic ultrasound. The second part of the study required the women to become sexually aroused in an examination room, either alone or with a partner. As the women neared orgasm, they were asked to undergo another ultrasound. (Sounds like a turn on, right?) After this second ultrasound, the women resumed sexual stimulation in the exam room. After eventually orgasming and squirting, the researchers requested another urine sample and performed yet another ultrasound. They also collected the squirting sample.

Here’s what they discovered: the first ultrasound confirmed the women’s bladders were empty after using the bathroom before arousal. But the researchers observed a noticeable filling of the women’s bladders from the ultrasound taken right before squirting. After squirting, the third and final ultrasound revealed women’s bladders appeared to be empty once again. This suggested the squirting samples were urine.

When the researchers compared the chemical makeup of the urine and squirting samples, they discovered that they closely resembled each other. (The researchers did not observe the presence of female ejaculate in any of the squirting and post-squirting samples from five out of seven of the women. However, it was present in samples for two participants.)

The authors wrote, “The present data based on ultrasonographic bladder monitoring and biochemical analyses indicate that squirting is essentially the involuntary emission of urine during sexual activity, although a marginal contribution of prostatic secretions to the emitted fluid often exists.” This means the researchers believe that squirting is primarily just pee, though there may be a small amount of fluid from from the female prostate in the liquid, too.

So, if you squirt, what’s on your sheets? According to science, probably just pee. There’s a chance, however, that some female ejaculate may also be present. Thanks to research, we also know that that vaginal squirting is a thing and that it’s quite different from female ejaculation, in terms of how much is produced and where the fluid comes from. (There you have it, Aristotle.)

Check out our vaginal wipes and female lubricant! Then explore the rest our our incredible sexual wellness prodcuts!

  • I’ve read about such research multiple times, yet it does not make sense to me. Here’s my experience:
    – fingered a girl with both of us standing up, me in front of her. So my hand was covering her urethra. So if she would have just peed, it would have ended up in my hand
    – She squirted and quite a lot of fluid ended up on the floor. This means, the fluid cam out of her vagina, not her urethra.

    So I concluded, that it cannot be pee. Or is the bladder connected to the vagina?

  • I have only squirted once abs it was a lite smell of urine but yet the best orgasm I have ever had … I want to be able to do that again

  • Squirting is pee. Anyone that disagrees then try this. Get a sterile one time use disposable female catheter, stick it in the urethra and drain the bladder completely. Then get the woman who apparently squirts all the time to try it after the bladder is empty of urine..

  • If I’m tilling that garden and all this time it’s just been a Golden Shower there’s LITERALLY nothing I can do to avoid it besides abstaining from sex and I’ll bury my own damn self in the garden before I stop getting the ground pounded! That release is the most intense orgasmic experience I’ve ever known EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. Please don’t invite me to any bedwetting support conferences,….I have five 3M mattress protectors on rotation. All clear here, gals.
    Happy Harvest, y’all! God Bless and Piss be with you…

  • Sooo like I just got done having sex with my Husband and I peed before sex so I peed whip my self and and got right to it and when I “squirt” I feel like if I peed well my bf smell the sheet to see if it had like a smell and he said yeah like pee but it’s not strong tho ??? So I’m still confused is it pee or not cuz when I let gooo it feeeellllsss sooooo gooooooodddd

  • My guy friend makes me squirt and at times he hits a particular place and keeps pounding it and I can’t stop! I have felt myself having to pee during sex and it’s not good feeling but squirting feels sooo damn amazing!!! And I peed right after sex! So I’m confused about what this is but I kno it’s mind blowing orgasmic eyes rolling in the back of your head phenomenal feeling

  • I reckon a very high percentage of alleged squirting in porn is purely urine. Female ejaculate could never be so profuse and in porn terms not nearly as spectacular

  • I had the urge to pee during intercourse as I do from time to time. One night my ex wanted to test if I was a squirter, so he held me around my waist, and wouldn’t let me stop to use the bathroom. And yup, I peed on him. Bet he never did that again. We laughed about it years later.

  • You misread the study.

    5 of the 7 women DID have PSA/ejaculate — the material from the Skene glands — in their squirt sample. Not, as you wrote, that only 2 had the dilution.

    They also noted that the bladder refills extremely quickly during sexual arousal. It takes an hour for the bladder to fill 2oz, and it takes even more to produce the feeling of needing to pee. In these women (as with most of us who squirt), it refilled in the time it took to get aroused — presumably within half an hour. Other similar studies noted that this is very diluted fluid, and while it contains some urine components (like precum and ejaculate in penises), is not the same composition, and does not smell strongly most of the time, if at all.

    Of note: Salama, the lead on the French 2014 study, is mentioned in a New Scientist article as going on to study if the kidney produces more urine during arousal, and if so, why?

    But ultimately, in the last 40 years since western science took notice of this phenomenon, maybe a handful of clinical studies have been done — not counting anecdotal gyno opinions and reviews — and all with very small sample sizes. Until we get more studies with a greater sample size and some quality science on the clitorial/uterine pleasure system….. keep squirtin’.

    • It’s pee. What’s wrong with your selective reading? Of course there’s going to be some secretion mixed in there because they are being aroused. That’s the thick stuff they were talking about. All that means is that some of it got in, on, or around the urethra which is completely possible when you are stimulating yourself. When urine was expelled, those secretions were collected in the samples as well. If you want to piss on your partners and sheets, just be upfront with it. If you have incontinence, then just say that instead of saying you’re a squirter. Geez. Much easier than to use mental gymnastics to explain away pee!

  • I’ll pee before I play with my jack rabbit and still end up squirting. And it’s not like a ton of time has passed – it’s usually like 10 minutes if I’m doing it right. So either the human bladder fills up fast or it’s not just pee.

  • I play with my sex toy at least once a week during this quarantine, and each time I do , I ALWAYSSSSSSS squirt. First time I did , I was embarrassed (in my own room) because it smelt like light pee, but the sensation felt soooo good . So now when I play with Mr. PINKY (lol), I place a towel and bag underneath so nothing stains . Funny thing… I only squirt with this toy ..never with an actual man =/

  • >