What Is Squirting?

What you need to know about female ejaculation

The term "squirting" is often used to describe the fluid that comes from the vulva during orgasm. But it's actually much more nuanced.

"Squirting" and "female ejaculation" are often used interchangeably. Controversy exists over whether they're two distinct functions. Experts lean toward the belief that they are.

This article looks at how squirting and female ejaculation are different, how squirting happens, what it feels like, and how to do it.

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Squirting vs. Female Ejaculation

The debate is ongoing over whether squirting can be called ejaculation. Still, studies and experts have recognized some key differences between them.

Squirting
  • Fluid believed to come from the bladder and excreted by the urethra

  • Can involve the release of a larger volume of fluid (up to 10 tablespoons)

  • Clear, watery fluid

  • Contains urea, creatinine, and uric acid, similar to diluted urine, sometimes with a small amount of prostatic-specific antigen (PSA)

Female Ejaculation
  • Fluid believed to come from the Skene’s gland, often referred to as the "female prostate," near the urethra

  • Tends to be a smaller volume of fluid (up to a tablespoon)

  • Viscous, whitish fluid

  • Contains high levels of prostatic acid phosphatase, prostatic specific antigen, glucose, and fructose, but low levels of urea and creatinine (often similar to male ejaculate without the sperm)

How Does Squirting Happen?

Whether everyone with a vagina can squirt and/or ejaculate is up for debate. It's estimated that between 10% and 50% of those with female genitalia do ejaculate.

Some experts believe everyone with female anatomy has the ability to squirt. Others believe it depends on your body. That means some people may not ever be able to do it.

Exactly what triggers female ejaculation is still unknown. It's believed to involve clitoral and G-spot stimulation.

The Clitoris

From the outside, the clitoris looks like a small "nub" covered by a hood of skin. It's at the top of the vulva, above the urethra.

Inside, the clitoris has two "legs." They run down each side of the vulva. That gives it a horseshoe-like shape. Its only known purpose is to provide pleasure.

The G-Spot

The G-spot is harder to define. Experts aren't sure if it's an anatomical "part" or simply a sensitive area inside the vagina.

To find the G-spot, you or your partner can insert a finger a few inches into the vagina. Keep the palm up and make a "come here" gesture with the finger. You can also use a sex toy that's meant to stimulate that area.

This is pleasurable for some people. For others, it doesn't feel like anything special.

One study suggests that the G-spot may be the root of the clitoris, felt through the wall of the vagina.

Orgasm

Ejaculation is associated with orgasm. That's especially true when it's caused by stimulation of the clitoris and G-spot. But some people ejaculate from stimulation even without orgasm.

In short, theories abound. So far, though, no one is sure what causes female ejaculation. Studies are conflicting and inconclusive.

What is known is that it's normal if you ejaculate and it's normal if you don't. Neither is considered better or worse. Not ejaculating doesn't mean the sex was unsatisfactory, either.

Recap

It's unknown whether squirting and female ejaculation are the same thing. Studies are inconclusive. Ejaculation may involve stimulation of the clitoris and G-spot. It can happen with or without orgasm. Whether you do or don't ejaculate, you're considered normal.

What Does Squirting Feel Like?

Squirting and ejaculation feel different from person to person. For some, it feels like an orgasm. Others feel an orgasm from deeper in the body than a clitoral orgasm. It may cause a "bearing down" sensation.

You may feel an urge to pee before you ejaculate. That may make you hold back for fear of urinating.

Some describe ejaculation as feeling like urinating. Others don't feel anything when it happens. Most "squirters" find it pleasurable, no matter the exact details.

Safe Squirting

The fluid from squirting/ejaculating can spread sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Safer sex precautions and practices should be followed.

How to Squirt

Squirting and/or ejaculating doesn't mean better sex. You may not be able to do it. But if you'd like to, some tips may help.

First, lay down a towel. Squirting can be messy.

Relax

Starting by going solo with masturbation is often a good option. It allows you to explore without feeling pressured or inhibited.

Get "in the mood" in whatever way works for you. That might include lighting candles, dimming the lights, putting on music, and creating a soothing space. It could also involve erotic material. Do whatever gets you in the mindset for sex.

Warm Up

Whether alone or with a partner, foreplay is key. Allow arousal to build over time. Don't try for the big event until you're highly aroused.

Find the G-spot

Use a finger or G-spot stimulator to find your G-spot. Some sex toys stimulate both the G-spot and clitoris.

During penetrative vaginal sex with a partner, try to find a position that puts pressure on the G-spot. "Doggy style" (entry from behind) often works for this.

Explore Your Erogenous Zones

Stimulating the clitoris and G-spot at the same time. For partnered sex, have your partner stroke your G-spot with a finger while stimulating your clitoris with their mouth.

The vulva isn't the only part of the body that can elicit a sexual response. Explore other parts of your body, literally from head to toe. See what you enjoy having touched (or kissed or licked).

Lean in to the Sensation

Don’t get worried if you feel like you have to pee. Ejaculation is different than peeing, but they can feel the same.

Give into the sensation and let it happen. Don't hold back. It may help to pee before sex so you know the urge is to ejaculate, not urinate.

Keep Trying

Don't try to force it. Let it happen organically. If it doesn't happen the first time, keep trying. Try different tactics. Take note of what works and what doesn't.

Recap

Squirting usually feels pleasant. It may also be similar to the feeling of urinating. Or it might feel like "bearing down." You can try to squirt by relaxing, exploring your body, and not holding back. Don't be discouraged if it doesn't happen right away.

Summary

Experts are still working to understand female ejaculation and squirting. So far, it's unclear whether they're the same thing and whether everyone can do both. They can happen with or without orgasm.

You can try to squirt by relaxing, stimulating the G-spot and clitoris, and going with the feeling. It may or may not work. You're considered normal regardless of whether you squirt/ejaculate.

A Word From Verywell

While it can be fun to try, don't feel bad if you can't squirt or ejaculate. It's believed most people with vaginas don't ejaculate. Your ability to squirt has no effect on your ability to have a fulfilling and satisfying sex life.

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