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?