Get the answers to 17 questions you may have about female ejaculation, a physical response that happens after some orgasms.

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1. What is it?

Despite what you may have heard, you don’t need a penis to ejaculate! You just need a urethra. Your urethra is the tube that allows urine to pass out of your body.

Ejaculation occurs when fluid — not necessarily urine — is expelled from your urethral opening during sexual arousal or orgasm.

This fluid is different from the cervical fluid that lubricates your vagina when you’re turned on or otherwise “wet.”

2. Is ejaculation the same as squirting?

Although many people use the terms interchangeably, ejaculating and squirting are different things.

Squirting is the release of gushing fluid. It often happens in adult films.

The fluid released during squirting is essentially watered-down urine, sometimes with a bit of ejaculate in it. It comes from the bladder and exits via the urethra, the same as when you pee — only a lot sexier.

3. Is ejaculation common?

Surprisingly so!

The exact numbers are difficult to nail down. This is partly due to the sensitive nature of the topic. Small studies and surveys have helped researchers get a sense of just how diverse female ejaculation can be.

One 2022 literature review analyzed the available studies on female ejaculation and squirting.

The researchers noted that, until 2011, studies incorrectly used the term “female ejaculation” to describe the release of any fluids during orgasm. This includes true female ejaculation as well as:

  • squirting
  • vaginal lubrication
  • coital incontinence

The researchers used the umbrella term “ejaculation orgasm” to describe all of these different sensations. Prevalence of ejaculation orgasm may range from 4.6% to 54%. Prevalence of squirting may be around 5%.

4. What exactly is ejaculate?

In some people, female ejaculate is a thick, whitish fluid resembling very diluted milk. A 2013 survey on female ejaculation found that the fluid was “usually clear as water” for most participants.

Female ejaculate contains some of the same components as semen. This includes the enzymes prostate-specific antigen and prostatic acid phosphatase.

It also contains small amounts of creatinine and urea, urine’s primary components.

5. Where does the fluid come from?

Ejaculate comes from the Skene’s glands, or “the female prostate.”

These two glands are located on the front wall of the vagina, surrounding the urethra. They each contain openings that can release ejaculate.

Although the glands were described in detail by gynecologist Alexander Skene in 1880, their similarity to the prostate is a fairly recent discovery, and research is ongoing.

6. Does female ejaculation have any benefits?

According to the 2013 survey mentioned earlier, 78.8% of women and 90% of their partners said female ejaculation made their sex lives better. This survey involved 320 women internationally.

Experts still aren’t sure if female ejaculation has a biological function. However, an older 2009 study suggested that the Skene’s glands may release antimicrobial compounds into the urethra. These compounds may reduce your risk of urinary tract infections.

7. Does it affect your period? What about pregnancy?

It’s unclear if female ejaculation has any effect on menstruation or pregnancy.

8. So ejaculate isn’t urine?

Nope. Ejaculate is mostly prostate enzymes with just a hint of urea.

However, the fluid released when squirting is diluted urine with a bit of ejaculate in it.

9. Wait — can it be urine?

Not quite.

Ejaculate contains hints of urea and creatinine, which are components of urine.

That doesn’t make ejaculate the same thing as urine. It just means they share some similarities.

10. How much is released?

A 2014 source stated that people typically release 1 teaspoon of fluid during female ejaculation.

11. What does ejaculation feel like?

It seems to vary from person to person.

For some people, it doesn’t feel different from an orgasm without ejaculation. Others describe a rising warmth and tremor between their thighs.

Although true ejaculation is said to occur with orgasm, some experts believe it can happen outside of orgasm through G-spot stimulation.

Your level of arousal and the position or technique may also play a role in the intensity.

12. Does ejaculate have a taste?

According to a 2014 source, ejaculate tastes sweet. That’s quite fitting for a fluid dubbed “nectar of the gods” in ancient India.

13. Or a smell?

It doesn’t smell like urine, if that’s what you were wondering. In fact, ejaculate doesn’t appear to have any smell at all.

14. Is there a connection between ejaculation and the G-Spot?

The jury’s still out on this.

It doesn’t help that the G-spot is almost as big a mystery as female ejaculation. In fact, researchers in a 2017 study attempted to find the G-spot only to come up empty-handed.

That’s because the G-spot isn’t a separate “spot” in your vagina. It’s a part of your clitoral network.

This means that if you stimulate your G-spot, you’re actually stimulating part of your clitoris. This region can vary in location, so it can be difficult to locate. A 2021 literature review on the G-spot proposed that this area shouldn’t be called a “spot” at all.

However, the researchers did conclude that it may trigger female ejaculation or vaginally induced orgasm.

If you can find and stimulate this area, you may be able to ejaculate — or just enjoy a new and potentially mind-blowing orgasm.

15. Is it really possible to ejaculate on command?

It isn’t like riding a bike, but once you’ve learned what works for you, your chances are definitely much higher.

Getting a feel — literally — for what feels good and what doesn’t can make it easier to get right down to business and ejaculate when you want.

16. How can I try?

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Practice, practice, and more practice!

Self-stimulation is one of the best ways to discover what you enjoy — though there’s no harm in practicing with a partner. As a matter of fact, when it comes to finding and stimulating the G-spot, a partner may have better luck reaching it.

Either way, consider investing in a vibrator that’s curved to provide easier access to the front wall of your vagina.

Using a wand toy may also allow you or your partner to explore farther back than you can with your fingers alone.

It’s not all about the G-spot, though. The right clitoral and even vaginal stimulation may also make you ejaculate.

The key is to relax, enjoy the experience, and try different techniques until you find what works.

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17. What if I can’t?

There’s a whole lot of fun to be had in trying, but try not to become so fixated on female ejaculation that it takes away from your pleasure.

You may just need to give it time, and you can have a fulfilling sex life regardless of whether you ejaculate.

What matters most is that you find something you do enjoy and explore it in a way that’s comfortable for you.

The bottom line

Remember that in sex — just as in life — it’s about the journey, not the destination. Some people ejaculate. Some don’t. Either way, it’s important to enjoy the ride!