What Is Squirting?

A new study undertaken by a group of French researchers (it would be French wouldn’t it) and published on Christmas Eve has come to the conclusion that the liquid emitted during squirting is in fact, mostly urine.

(BTW, this point is seriously up for debate!!)

In “The Nature and Origin of “Squirting” in Female Sexuality” published by The Journal of Sexual Medicine, Dr Salama and his team from Hopital Privé de Parly II in France conclude that “squirting is essentially the involuntary emission of urine during sexual activity.”

Something that many ‘advanced’ squirters, myself included, (Hi, I’m Laura) have believed to be incorrect for a long time; (both the urine part and the involuntary part to a large extent.)

Miranda contemplates the ultimate question; “What exactly is squirting?”

A little background to the experiment

The study took place with the help of 7 experienced squirters, French women aged 19-52 all of whom had experienced squirting for the first time within the past 5 years. The aim of the study was to analyse the “biochemical nature of squirting.”

“They basically wanted to scientifically find out; what the hell is squirting?”

In the introduction the author notes; “Although the prevalence of this phenomenon is difficult to evaluate, authors estimate that 10-40% of women may experience regularly or sporadically an emission of fluid during orgasm”

This video isn’t related to the research but is very interesting nonetheless.

They note the controversial nature of the debate as to where the fluid comes from, listing the following, in no particular order, as possible sources;

  1. Vaginal hyper-lubrification
  2. The Bartholin’s gland
  3. The Skene’s gland
  4. Simple urinary emission

The experiment went as follows:

The 7 participants were asked to empty their bladders completely with the samples being collected for further analysis. Immediately after, each participant had an ultrasound examination to confirm their bladders were completely empty.

They were then left alone in the examination room to start the process of sexual stimulation, with or without a partner and with or without a sex toy.

I love how the author later refers to the use of a sex toy as “digital stimulation,” it makes using a vibrator sound so futuristic.

When the participant was sufficiently aroused a second ultrasound scan was taken to see if the bladder had refilled at all. Sexual stimulation then continued again until squirting occurred.

The fluid was collected for further analysis. A third ultrasound was taken immediately after squirting had occurred, followed by a further collection of urine.

The Results Of The Experiment

Figure 1.
Figure 1.

Sexual stimulation for the seven participants lasted anywhere from 25-60 minutes and the recovered fluid ranged from 15 to 110ml, all 7 women said they had orgasmed before squirting.

The ultrasound scans showed that after sexual stimulation (but before orgasm) there had been ‘significant bladder filling,’ with the final scan showing that the ‘bladder had been totally emptied,’ suggesting that the squirting had emptied their bladders. (See figure 1)

Figure 2.

Analysis of the 3 following fluids, specifically levels of urea, creatinine, uric acid, and PSA (prostate-specific antigen) was performed;

  • the urine before sexual stimulation
  • the squirting fluid itself
  • the urine after sexual stimulation

The results showed very similar quantities of urea, uric acid and creatinine in the urine and in the squirting fluid, with the squirting fluid containing additional small amounts of PSA. (See figure 2)

The researchers concluded that “paraurethral glands cannot account themselves for the whole massive fluid emission” and that “squirting essentially is an involuntary emission of urine.”

In fact the researchers went so far as to say that this kind of squirting could be assimilated to a form of “orgasmic urinary incontinence.”

This is interesting since we often preach the use of Kegels to enhance the ability to squirt, an exercise that was originally designed specifically to treat urinary incontinence for women who had recently given birth.

The researchers go on to say “It is also noteworthy that squirting often results from the combination of direct mechanical stimulation of the anterior vaginal wall (around the so-called G-spot) and a facilitating emotional status, with extreme confidence and relaxation.”

The extreme confidence and relaxation are emotional states we definitely teach to those who are trying to squirt for the first time.

I like how the G-spot is referred to as “the so-called G-spot” even this little-clump-of-nerve-ending’s existence is yet to be conclusively proved in the medical literature.

Interestingly though “In six of seven women, this fluid emission was only possible during or after digital stimulation of the anterior vaginal wall”

The women also reported that squirting was “partner dependent” meaning that it wasn’t possible with just anyone, they essentially had to know what they were doing.

Salama doesn’t comment on whether the squirting phenomenon was something the women enjoyed or not but in a similar study 4 out 5 women said that squirting represented an ‘enrichment’ of their sexual life.

The UK Ban On Squirting In Adult Videos

The study is interesting considering the recent ban of squirting in British p*rn by the BBFC, since squirting is considered “urolagnia” or sexual pleasure associated with urination and is considered an obscene act under the UK Obscene Publications Act.

To some extend this study shows there may be a distinct difference between female ejaculation and squirting. The former representing a small discharge of liquid from the paraurethral glands, the latter a larger discharge from the bladder.

As mentioned before though, we find this confusing that the researchers find squirting an “orgasmic urinary incontinence” since Kegels help both incontinence and squirting.

Advanced squirters who regularly practice the kegel are on the opposite end of the spectrum of being incontinent. Perhaps involuntary should have been used more carefully by the author here?

The Asparagus Test

The study goes against our current wisdom that is backed up by the ‘Asparagus Test.’ Asparagus is known to give urine a strong and distinct smell between 2-10 hours after it is consumed.

Our own personal experiment showed that although the urine clearly smelled strongly of asparagus, the squirting liquid did not. Though this was not a rigorous scientific study by any means.

The Future Of The Science Of Squirting

Here at School Of Squirt we’re looking forward to many more studies like this, especially if, like this this one, they disprove many of our current thoughts on the topic of sexuality.

On a personal note, many fellow squirters still hold that squirting is not pee, and that the small sample of women used in the study does not represent most women.

Dr Salama now plans to conduct trials to test his thesis that the kidneys may work faster during sexual stimulation to produce urine, than at other times. And if so, why.

We’re certainly in agreement with Dr. Salama over one point though as he states that he believes that every woman is capable of squirting “if their partner knows what they are doing.”

To the French Gynaecologists of Le Chesnay – we salute you.

Anybody who knows how to make a woman squirt easily knows that what is ejaculated out is not by any means urine. It doesn’t smell, taste or look like pee, but it is awesome.

1 thought on “What Is Squirting?

  1. It seems like the debate about what is squirting is still raging. It’s more complex than most of us thought initially. Luckily, it doesn’t really matter that much. I can still have squirting orgasms and enjoy them with my husband. What can I say, it’s just fun. Thanks for the write up anyway.

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