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Do women ejaculate?

I get asked about female ejaculation from time to time. And if you peruse the Internet in search of this answer you will inevitably come across NSFW videos showing women who, in the throngs of self-induced passion, are ejaculating from the vagina what appears to be gallons of liquid. News flash – porn is not real life. Those videos are the three dollar bill of masturbation.

But some women do report heavy secretions/fluid with orgasm. Is this an ejaculate and does it matter?

Emission of fluid at orgasm, either from the urethra or the vagina, has been reported in poems, various writings, and medical texts for more than 2,000 years. Apparently ancient physicians as well as the general public were as interested in the female orgasm as we are today.

A study from an electrophysiology sex lab in Egypt examined the concept of a female ejaculate. A sex lab in Cairo…sounds delicious (hot and sweaty sex among the pyramids….), but also a bit of a juxtaposition considering Egypt was the country wanting to ban Artificial Virginity Hymen kits.

But I digress. Back to the study.

Thirty-eight women volunteered to have their vaginal muscles hooked up to special equipment that records muscle activity so that orgasm, which is involuntary contractions of the pelvic muscles, could be documented. The women used a vibrator (the technical term is electrovibration of the glans clitoris) to achieve orgasm. No fluid was observed coming out of the urethra or the vagina.

This is only one study, but what does it mean?

Women who report some kind of fluid coming out of their vagina or urethra during orgasm may simply be seeing excess vaginal secretions (some women get more naturally lubricated than others). Some may be having urinary incontinence with orgasm (it happens). Some may also have a true ejaculate, although the only evidenced-based study says that in a controlled setting with strict criteria, no ejaculate was identified in 38 healthy volunteers.

The bottom line is it doesn’t matter, unless of course you think it could be urine, and then a urogynecologist may have some treatment options for the incontinence.

As long as you are having an orgasm or two, who the hell cares about anything else?

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7 thoughts on “Do women ejaculate?

  1. In my experience female ejaculation is real but has only happened with two different partners a handful of times each. Each occasion was while having the best sex we’d ever had together. It was definitely not urine. I don’t know if such an orgasm is possible via masturbation but I doubt it is while hooked up to sensors and being studied.

    Posted by Lawnguylander | June 30, 2011, 3:23 pm
  2. I’m sure you hear of a lot s**t from condescending a**holes, but really, a study from Egypt? Here, where women are relegated to such an obsequious position, how could they find somebody willing to be stoned to death much less comfortable enough to orgasm on command, much less, with letting it all out? (so to speak) I would have never believed in this either had I not witnessed it with the most loving and passionate women I’ve had the pleasure to experience. The sheets were soaked, it was gushing and reproducible with each orgasm or whatever wave of excitement she experienced, frankly it seemed uncontrollable. I read about this debate before and as a physician had cursory interest in knowing the truth, but as you say who cares. Sooo I decided to do my own research, with hat and raincoat, went to the local Fantasy Store and bought the tape on how to make any women “squirt”. With a willing partner, who never experienced anything close to this in her life, we watched the movie together and proceeded to practice. I don’t don’t know maybe it’s me or the techniques worked to both our satisfaction. Maybe there are things that science just can’t explain and maybe its not suppose to. Which brings to an issue, Is There An Upside To Porn?

    Posted by Dr. Asante | August 7, 2011, 7:08 pm
    • Thanks for your comment.

      The point of the post is to emphasize “as long as it feels good.” Many women feel inferior if they don’t meet some stupid societal “norm.” As this is the only study to address the physiology, it is worth a mention. There are a lot of great studies that come from this researcher and lab, so I don’t think it is fair to dismiss it because of the country of origin. The quality of the work is what matters. And hey, I have to give someone a lot of credit for focusing on sexual functioning in a country that has more restrictive views about women.

      Posted by Dr. Jen Gunter | August 7, 2011, 7:27 pm
  3. I don’t think that a study that used only vibrators is really viable in this case. Female ejaculation doesn’t usually happen with just clitoral vibrating stimulation and usually requires a great deal of four play and arousal which doesn’t happen with vibrators. There is a great difference between a solo vibrator-induced orgasm and an orgasm during sex accompanied by a lot of arousal.

    I do wish there were more studies on sex and sexual satisfaction. A study like the one in Egypt is just not useful in this discussion as it does not mirror the environment needed for female ejaculation to occur.

    Posted by ab | August 27, 2011, 8:30 pm
  4. Can you talk about the skeenes gland? I have read that this is what produces the fluid of female ejaculate. If she ejaculates, then the fluid is then released from the gland into the urethra, creating what looks like urine, but it is not. If she orgasms and does not ejaculate, it is then absorbed internally. (men can do this in advanced tantric practice)

    Posted by boulderacupuncture | February 15, 2012, 10:19 am
  5. I honestly believe the men who commented would like to believe they are such great lovers, they make women squirt. But what I think really happened, is they put so much pressure on their partner to orgasm that the women will piss on them and say “oh tee hee, that’s never happened to me before. wow!”

    Posted by Clarissa Holz | July 31, 2014, 4:58 pm
  6. Can you talk about the skenes gland? I thought this had a role in the ejaculate.

    Posted by sliewald | August 1, 2014, 8:40 am

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