BuzzFeed What Is Squirting, Actually?

Pee or no? Science finally has an answer.

<h1>Curious about squirting?</h1>

Curious about squirting?

Yes, we're talking about the fluid that shoots out of some ladies during sex. 

Maybe you saw it in porn, maybe you're a squirter or your partner is, or maybe you just really want to know what it is or what it feels like. Well, YOU'RE IN LUCK.

<h1>A team of researchers recently studied this messy sexual phenomenon in a lab!</h1>

A team of researchers recently studied this messy sexual phenomenon in a lab!

A recent study in the <a href=""><i>Journal of Sexual Medicine</i></a> studied seven self-identified squirters to find out what&rsquo;s actually going on down there. (Obviously, a larger sample size would be ideal, but come on &mdash; it&rsquo;s probably not easy to round up a ton of people who squirt <i>and</i> who agree to do it for science.) 


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<h1>For starters, it looks like squirting is basically pee.</h1>

For starters, it looks like squirting is basically pee.

Here's how the researchers came to this conclusion: At the beginning of the study, all the women emptied their bladders and gave a urine sample, then underwent an ultrasound to confirm that their bladders were totally empty. Then they stayed in the exam room either alone or with a partner and did something to get sexually aroused &mdash; but they didn't orgasm. Once the participants were sufficiently turned on, they invited the researchers back into the room for <i>another</i> ultrasound, where the researchers saw that the ladies' bladders had filled back up a little bit (which makes sense &mdash; some time had gone by). Then the researchers left the room again, and the women continued going at it until they squirted. 

After the women squirted, they were given another ultrasound and found that their bladders were empty again. Seriously. There was urine in there before they squirted, and it was gone after they squirted. You see where we’re going with this?

The researchers also analyzed the liquid in the lab and found that it had the same chemical composition as urine, lead study author Dr. Samuel Salama, MD, told BuzzFeed Life. This fluid comes from the bladder and the chemical analysis shows that it originates in the kidneys, explains Salama. So, yeah… looks like it's diluted urine.

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<h1>Squirting probably happens thanks to G-spot stimulation.</h1>

Squirting probably happens thanks to G-spot stimulation.

Squirting is typically associated with the G-spot, and <a href="">recent research</a> suggests this area is better described as the clitourethrovaginal (CUV) complex, since it includes your clitoris, urethra, and the front wall of the vagina. 

“If you have a good level of arousal, all your erectile tissue swells up, and that might put more pressure on your urethra,” Dr. Madeleine Castellanos, MD, author of Wanting to Want, tells BuzzFeed Life. When you apply pressure to these areas, it can push the urethra and all that erectile tissue around it forward a little bit. And changing that angle between the bladder and the urethra in that way can make it easier to pee. At the same time, you’re getting a ton of stimulation that feels amazing and you’re relaxing your muscles enough to let go and have an orgasm, explains Castellanos. And when all those factors come together… some people end up squirting.

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