The Definition of Squirting: Everything You Need to Know

  • Laura Rose Halliday
  • Published: April 27, 2022

For decades, squirting was a topic backed by very little information and even more misconception than truth. While “acceptance” of squirting as a normal bodily function has slowly increased over the years, many myths and misconceptions still persist.

This post will first and foremost define squirting. It will then discuss the difference between squirting, female ejaculation, and sexual incontinence, as well as dispel myths and purport facts on the subject.

The Definition of Squirting

In simplest terms, squirting is the flow of colorless, odorless fluid from the urethra. It’s often confused with female ejaculation (more on that below), or even thought to come from the vagina.

Squirting Versus Female Ejaculation Versus Peeing

We defined squirting above but, for many, the question still remains: what is the difference between squirting, female ejaculation, and peeing?

It’s true that all three fluids exit the body through the urethra. But their compositions, and sometimes even their origins, differ.

Squirting fluid is colorless, odorless, and watery. It’s usually greater in volume than ejaculatory fluid. Female ejaculatory fluid, on the other hand, is thick and white-ish in appearance. It’s also usually very scant. And finally, urine ranges in color from pale yellow to deep amber and is accompanied by an odor.

When it comes to squirting, squirting fluid actually comes from the Skene’s glands. These glands are found internally on either side of the urethra. They’re often compared to the male prostate, though no truly comparative gland exists in the male body. The fluid from the Skene’s glands travels through the bladder (hence why the fluids may contain traces of urine) and out from the urethra.

Female ejaculatory fluid also comes from the Skene’s glands, but it does not travel through the bladder before it exits the urethra. This is why the fluid is thicker and whiter in appearance than squirting fluid.

Urine, of course, comes from the bladder. It builds up over time until it’s released through the urethra. While urinary incontinence can happen during sex, it’s not common and it doesn’t usually occur out of nowhere (i.e. the woman would know if she had such a condition).

Myths and Facts About Squirting

Are you having trouble distinguishing the myths from the facts when it comes to squirting? Below are three common myths and three common facts about squirting. We hope this will clear up any misconceptions!

Myth: Squirting is Fake

As you may have gleaned from the above information, squirting is very real. However, there are still many people who believe squirting is fake or the same thing as sexual incontinence.

Squirting has been studied by scientists for decades. While there’s still much debate about the process and the purpose of squirting, one thing is clear: squirting is separate from urination. How do we know this? Because squirting fluid contains elements similar to the male ejaculatory fluid, not just urine. These include “prostate specific antigen, prostatic acidic phosphatase, prostate specific acid phosphatase, and glucose.”

Myth: Squirting Only Happens During Orgasm

While orgasm is a time when many women will squirt, it’s not the only time that squirting can occur.

Squirting can happen at any point during stimulation, whether that’s pre-climax, ante-climax, or post-climax. It ultimately depends on g-spot stimulation levels and duration. Of course, the more aroused you are the more likely you are to squirt. For some women, that’s at the peak of climax but for others, it can happen before, after, or even at multiple times in one session.

Myth: Everyone Can Squirt From the Same Stimulation

There’s no doubt the g-spot plays an important role in squirting, but how the g-spot is stimulated and whether that leads to squirting will vary by woman.

For some women, increasing pressure on the g-spot over a period of time will lead to squirting. For others, varying pressure (first light, then intense, then light, then medium, etc.) is a more successful approach. And for others, direct stimulation may be too intense so indirect stimulation (such as penile or dildo insertion) is the only way for them to squirt.

Fact: Squirting Comes from the Urethra, Not the Vagina

For anyone unfamiliar with female anatomy, the urethra and the vagina are often thought to be one in the same. These are two distinct organs, though, with entirely different functions.

The main function of the urethra is urination. It’s located within the vulva in between the clitoris and the vaginal opening. This is from where squirting fluid, female ejaculatory fluid, and urine flow.

That’s not to say that fluids don’t come from the vagina (via the cervix), like blood during menstruation or arousal fluids. But there is no forceful gushing of fluids from the vagina during sex.

Fact: Squirting is NOT Usually How it Appears in Porn

If your introduction to squirting was through pornography, then you probably have a biased view of what it should look like. The same can likely be said for the vast majority of people who are interested in squirting.

The fact is that pornography is not a great blueprint for realistic sex and pleasure. The squirting seen in pornography is either highly exaggerated or highly unusual for a woman.

Squirting can be anything from a trickle to a continuous stream to a gush. Your “style” of squirting will likely not match those of porn stars, and you (and your partner) shouldn’t expect it to.

Fact: Squirting Can Enhance an Orgasm, Or Not

Like so many things about squirting, the experience varies by woman. The same can be said for whether squirting during orgasm enhances the experience.

Some women say that squirting during climax heightens the experience while others claim no difference. There is nothing wrong with or bad about either experience.

Conclusion

While there are varying theories on and thoughts about squirting floating around the internet, the true definition is as follows:

Squirting is the flow (sometimes a trickle, sometimes a gush) of colorless, odorless fluid from the urethra.

Squirting is a natural function that can add pleasure and spice to your sexual encounters. Are you hoping to squirt for the first time? We have plenty of guides on how to squirt, how to make your partner squirt, and more on our blog.