Sex

New study suggests female ejaculation could just be pee

It's "the involuntary emission of urine during sexual activity" in science-speak, apparently. But we're not so sure.

By: Catriona Harvey-Jenner

New research suggests that there's a chance the fluid squirted during female ejaculation could just be pee. Or as Vice, who uncovered the study, eloquently put it: "cum or piss?". That's the question on everybody's lips (top and bottom, ahem) today, folks.

A group of French scientists devoted a generous chunk of their time to thinking about female ejaculation; and attempted to get to the bottom of that age old conundrum: what the hell is it?

The researchers administered pelvic ultrasound scans to seven women who had previously experienced the seemingly-but-definitely-not-mythical sensation of female ejaculation both just after they urinated, and then twice again during sexual stimulation - and the results were a little shocking: they came back reporting that the liquid was actually pee.

This is the way they put it:

"The present data based on ultrasonographic bladder monitoring and biochemical analyses indicate that squirting is essentially the involuntary emission of urine during sexual activity, although a marginal contribution of prostatic secretions to the emitted fluid often exists," is how the researchers put it."

Or in normal-person-speak: it's basically an accidental gush of wee but there are also other substances in there.

But it's a tricky one. Having recently spoken to 35-year-old Becky* who described her experience as a 'squirter,' it doesn't seem like she thinks it's urine at all.

Describing the liquid as both "odourless and colourless," this doesn't really lend itself to being an overwhelming flow of piss mid-sex, does it?

So basically, we're none the wiser. But whatever it is, the lucky few women who do get to experience it seem to love it, which is what's most important.

  • Author: Catriona Harvey-Jenner