Despite the countless people who swear up and down that the liquid one releases when squirting isn’t pee, the medical consensus is that, well, basically, it is. “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,” concludes one widely cited 2015 study.
Although there is some evidence that the substance released in the act of squirting has a few unique components, the majority of the liquid comes from the bladder, exits through the urethra and comprises primarily water, uric acid concentrations and urea. That is, it’s urine.
Basically, if it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, quacks like a duck and, well, pisses like a duck, then it probably is a duck.
My point here isn’t to shame women into thinking they’ve wet the bed during sex: If it’s a pleasurable and enjoyable experience for you and your partner, then there’s not much more to think about. The problem is that squirting is often regarded as some lofty, erotic goal or talent. Because of the perceived allure surrounding it, many women want to be able to squirt, though it’s not something their body usually does. Cosmo, Women’s Health and dozens of other sites have attempted to teach women how to make it happen, and how partners can assist in the process. It remains a popular porn term globally, bolstering its status as essentially a desirable bedroom party trick.
But if we acknowledge that squirt is pee, does that all change? Does this newfound wisdom change the erotic appeal?
Ehh, not so much. “It is what it is,” says Ethan, a 26-year-old. “I’m all for girls squirting if they’re getting theirs. Just lay down a towel or two.”
“If it happens, it happens,” agrees Mike, a guy of the same age. “Squirt is pee and most dude’s cum is battery acid, so it all comes out as a wash.”
Basically, a lot of people don’t care one way or the other:
Despite the evidence, though, plenty remain committed to their conviction that squirt is not pee. That’s because, they will tell you, squirt can contain traces of secretions from the Skene’s gland — including enzymes similar to those secreted by the male prostate glands to promote sperm motility — and therefore, squirting is indeed a different bodily response than urination.
Still, try telling that to the men who’ve reported being peed on in the name of squirting. “Yup, it’s pee. I was going down on my girlfriend, and as she was orgasming, there was a rank taste that filled my mouth which she claimed was female ejaculation. I nearly puked. It’s pee for sure,” says Ron, a man from the U.K. And who can forget the infamous op-ed published by The Tab in 2015, from a man explaining that he doesn’t go down on women after one peed in his face in the process?
But at the end of the day, even when squirting yields what is undoubtedly urine, some people are into that, too! It’s just another bodily fluid in the mix. “It’s controversial because of the connection to urine,” says redditor gossamerthrowaway. “I’m in the camp that believes that it comes from the bladder (there are no hidden storage areas in the female anatomy), has elements of urine in it, but it isn’t necessarily piss. That is, it does not smell, taste, feel or stain like piss. And I don’t care — I’m sort of into piss. I figure if I can get a woman so turned on that stuff comes out of her, I’m doing something right.”