Ejaculation is a powerful bodily experience that has long been associated with penises and male sexuality. But ejaculation from the vulva or vagina can also happen—before, during, after, or without orgasm. Squirting is just one part of that.
Good news! What happened was completely normal. Bodies do all sorts of things and make all sorts of sounds, and look all sorts of ways during sex that are out of our control.
Female ejaculation is characterized as an expulsion of fluid from or near the vagina during or before an orgasm. It is also known colloquially as squirting or gushing although these are considered to be different phenomena in some research publications. There have been few studies on female ejaculation.
Skip navigation! Story from Sex. Female ejaculation, aka squirting, has become a lot more mainstream in the past few decades, thanks in part to porn.
We don't know a lot about the science behind female ejaculation, a. We don't know exactly what's in it. We don't know why some women can do it, while others can't.
For millennia, humans have been fascinated by the mysteries of female ejaculation — where does that gushy stuff come from? What makes it burst forth? And what are its demands in our earthly realm?
Like coconut water, culottes, and CrossFit, squirting is having a moment. Squirting is when fluid comes jetting out of a woman's vagina, often accompanying orgasm. But not for kids! Not every woman can squirt though, which makes it a topic of hot debate.
People with vaginas can do amazing things — we know this. Babies can come out of them. Monthly periods let us know that our bodies are healthy, and even when we're bleeding, we can literally do anything.
However, modern researchers have built upon the experiments of historically well-known sex researchers to explain the phenomenon known as female ejaculation. These recent studies have shown that women, too, can and have experienced ejaculation. Female ejaculation is so controversial that is has been banned from porn in the United Kingdom, and remains somewhat taboo in the United States.