Sexual Health Q&A

Do women ejaculate?

Some women do ejaculate when they reach orgasm, but scientists still have many questions on the subject.

How many women ejaculate? Is it common? Estimates range from 10% to 50% of women. Some experts believe that all women ejaculate, but most aren’t aware of it because the fluid often flows backward into the bladder instead of outside of the body.

What is the fluid made of? For many years, scientists thought that the fluid was urine and women often worry that this is the case. However, the fluid is similar to a man’s ejaculate, which comes from his prostate gland.

Where does the fluid come from? Experts aren’t certain, but research suggests that the Skene’s glands are involved. These glands are found in the vaginal wall, near the urethra. (The urethra is the tube from which urine exits the body.) Women who ejaculate often do so when their G spot is stimulated. The G spot is an especially sensitive area located about two inches from the entrance of the vagina. For many women, stimulation of the G spot brings intense sexual pleasure. The Skene’s glands and the G spot are close to each other. It is thought that the stimulation of the G spot may trigger secretions from the Skene’s glands in the form of ejaculate.

How much fluid might a woman ejaculate? The amount can vary widely. Some women release just a little fluid; others may need to have sex on a towel to keep from wetting the sheets.

Should women worry about ejaculation? No. Some women feel embarrassed when it happens, but many partners are not bothered by it at all. However, if women notice any unusual vaginal secretions or discharges that cause concern, they should see their gynecologist.