What is squirting?

The term “squirting” is often used to describe fluid from the vulva during orgasm. But it’s actually much more subtle.

“Squirting” and “female ejaculation” are often used interchangeably. There is debate as to whether they are two distinct functions. Experts tend to believe they are.

This article looks at the differences between squirting and female ejaculation, how squirting happens, what it feels like, and how to do it.

Squirting and female ejaculation

The debate on whether squirting can be called ejaculation continues. Still, research and experts have recognized some key differences between them.


  • fluid thought to come from the bladder and drain through the urethra

  • May involve releasing large amounts of liquid (up to 10 tablespoons)

  • clear watery liquid

  • Contains urea, creatinine, and uric acid, similar to diluted urine, and sometimes small amounts of prostate-specific antigen (PSA)

female ejaculation

  • The fluid is thought to come from Skene’s glands near the urethra, often referred to as the “female prostate”

  • tends to be a smaller volume of liquid (up to a tablespoon)

  • viscous white liquid

  • Contains high levels of prostatic acid phosphatase, prostate-specific antigen, glucose, and fructose, but low levels of urea and creatinine (usually similar to ejaculation in men without sperm)

How does the jetting happen?

Whether everyone with a vagina can squirt and/or ejaculate is debatable. An estimated 10 to 50 percent of people with female genitalia ejaculate.

Some experts believe that everyone with female anatomy has the ability to jet. Others think it depends on your body. This means that some people may never be able to do it.

Exactly what triggers female ejaculation remains unknown. It is thought to involve clitoral and G-spot stimulation.


From the outside, the clitoris looks like a small “nugget” covered by a skin hood. It is located at the top of the vulva, above the urethra.

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Inside, the clitoris has two “legs.” They run down each side of the vulva. This gives it a horseshoe shape. Its only known purpose is to provide pleasure.

G spot

The G-spot is more difficult to define. Experts aren’t sure if it’s an anatomical “section” or just a sensitive area inside the vagina.

To find the G-spot, you or your partner can insert a finger a few inches into the vagina. Keeping your palm up, use your fingers to make a “come here” gesture. You can also use sex toys designed to stimulate the area.

This is pleasant for some people. For others, it doesn’t feel very special.

One study suggests that the G-spot may be the base of the clitoris, which is felt through the vaginal wall.


Ejaculation is associated with orgasm. This is especially true when it is caused by irritation of the clitoris and G-spot. But some people ejaculate from stimulation even without orgasm.

In short, theories abound. However, so far, no one has identified what causes ejaculation in women. Research is conflicting and inconclusive.

As we all know, ejaculation is normal, and it is normal not to ejaculate. Neither is considered better or worse. Not ejaculating doesn’t mean having unsatisfactory sex.


Not sure if squirting and female ejaculation are the same thing. The research is inconclusive. Ejaculation may involve stimulation of the clitoris and G-spot. It can happen with or without orgasm. You are considered normal whether you ejaculate or not.

What does it feel like to spray water?

The sensation of squirting and ejaculation varies from person to person. For some, it feels like an orgasm. Others experience an orgasm from deep within the body compared to a clitoral orgasm. It may cause a feeling of “depression”.

Before ejaculation, you may have the urge to urinate. This may make you hold back from the fear of urinating.

Some people describe ejaculation as the feeling of urinating. When it happened, no one else felt anything. Regardless of the specifics, most “sprinklers” find it enjoyable.

Safe spray

Squirting/ejaculating fluids can transmit sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Safer sex precautions and practices should be followed.

how to spray

Squirting and/or ejaculating doesn’t mean better sex. You may not be able to. However, if you want, some tips might help.

First, lay out a towel. Squirting can be messy.


Starting with a masturbation solo is usually a good choice. It allows you to explore without stress or inhibition.

Get the “mood” in whatever way suits you. This may include lighting candles, dimming lights, playing music and creating soothing spaces. It may also involve pornographic material. Do anything that gets you into the sexual mind.​​​

warm up

Whether alone or with a partner, foreplay is key. Let arousal build over time. Don’t try to go to a big event until you’re highly excited.

find G spot

Use your finger or G-spot stimulator to find your G-spot. Some sex toys stimulate the G-spot and clitoris.

During penetrative vaginal sex with your partner, try to find a spot that puts pressure on the G-spot. “Dog” (entering from the back) usually applies here.

Explore your erogenous zones

Simultaneous stimulation of the clitoris and the G-spot. For cooperative sex, have your partner finger your G-spot while using your mouth to stimulate your clitoris.

The vulva is not the only part of the body that can cause sexual reactions. Explore the rest of your body from head to toe. See what you like to touch (or kiss or lick).

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lean into the feeling

Don’t worry if you feel the need to urinate. Ejaculation is not the same as urinating, but they feel the same.

Give in to the feeling and let it happen. Don’t hold back. It may be helpful to urinate before sex so you know the urge is to ejaculate, not to urinate.

keep trying

Don’t try to force it. Let it happen organically. If it doesn’t happen the first time, keep trying. Try different strategies. Take note of what works and what doesn’t.


Squirting usually feels pleasant. It may also resemble the feeling of urinating. Or it might feel like “pressed down”. You can try squirting by relaxing and exploring your body instead of pulling back. Don’t be discouraged if it doesn’t happen right away.


Experts are still trying to understand female ejaculation and squirting. So far, it’s unclear if they’re the same thing, and if everyone can have both. They can occur with or without orgasm.

You can try to stimulate the G-spot and clitoris by relaxing, and let the squirting go with the flow. It may or may not work. You are considered normal whether you squirt/ejaculate or not.

VigorTip words

While it might be fun to try, don’t feel bad if you can’t squirt or ejaculate. It is believed that most people with vaginas do not ejaculate. Your ability to squirt does not affect your ability to have a fulfilling and satisfying sex life.

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