- Urologists in Japan wanted to understand what’s in squirting fluid.
- They recruited 5 women to be pleasured by a man to find out.
- In the experiment, all 5 women released fluid from their bladder while squirting.
Urologists in Japan wanted to get to the bottom of a long-held sex debate — when a woman squirts, is the fluid that is released urine, or something else? To find out, they conducted an experiment that involved injecting an indigo-colored liquid into five women’s bladders.
Two of the women were in their 30s, two were in their 40s, and one was in her 50s, and all of them said they had previously squirted in past sexual encounters.
Unlike vaginal lubrication, where a person’s vagina secretes a white and milky fluid when they’re aroused, squirting involves a clear and odorless fluid. Squirting can happen before, during, or after an orgasm and has a geyser-like quality, sex educator Marla Renee Stewart previously told Cosmopolitan.
After the doctors drained excess urine from each woman’s bladder using a urethral catheter, they injected them with 50 milliliters of a blue-dyed saline solution. In another room, women received manual penetration from a male subject the doctors recruited. They instructed the man to use his fingers and penis “in a way to facilitate squirting.”
When each of the five women squirted, the doctors saw blue liquid come out of their genital areas in videos that captured the experiment. Their findings suggest the liquid women produce when they squirt comes, at least in part, from the bladder, the urologists wrote in their August 24 paper published in the International Journal of Urology.
Squirting has long baffled sex experts
There’s little research on squirting and how it actually works, but evidence suggests it’s related to specific glands in the urethral sponge, which is embedded in a person’s vaginal walls and part of the urination process, Mind Body Green previously reported.
Researchers have long debated whether squirting liquid contains pee, or if it’s a substance all on its own.
To test this, the urologists who conducted the experiment tested and found PSA levels in the liquid each woman secreted during penetration. PSA is a chemical found in semen, and some researchers believe it’s evidence that squirting fluid is not in fact pee, but a substance related to arousal.
Still, there are other chemicals in squirting liquid that are also found in urine. Some researchers believe people may involuntarily release small amounts of urine while squirting.
The amount of urine depends on when the person peed last and how hydrated they are, New York University sex researcher Zhana Vrangalova told Mind Body Green.