Q&A: What Is The Purpose Of Female Ejaculation?

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QUESTION: I am a lucky guy whose girlfriend ejaculates when she has an orgasm. I have noticed that the fluid smells nice. Is it some sort of way to leave a chemical message? Could it be a way to tell men that sex was good? Is it there any research about this?

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It’s generally acknowledged that some women release a larger amount of fluids during sexual excitement or orgasm. We also know that in most cases, these fluids don’t seem to be urine.

I am certainly happy to hear that your experience of your girlfriend’s female ejaculation is a positive one and that it adds to your experiences of pleasure during sex. I also think you ask some very good questions.

Controversial Research

In fact, I know of no research that has discovered the purpose of female ejaculation. Some researchers still find the entire topic of female ejaculation to be controversial although it’s generally acknowledged that some women (we don’t know what proportion) release a larger amount of fluids during sexual excitement or orgasm. We also know that in most cases, these fluids don’t seem to be urine.

Some researchers have speculated that female ejaculatory fluids may help to protect women against urinary tract infections, or UTIs, but we need more research to know if this is true or not.

Messages From the Body

I think you present some very interesting ideas as to whether female ejaculation has other functions, such as using chemical signals to either alert other women to a potentially attentive lover or to alert others to stay away from that person because he already has a lover. I don’t know if these are functions or female ejaculation or not, but they are certainly intriguing concepts.

More Information

Female ejaculation has long been documented by doctors, scientists, writers, and artists and its history of documentation stretches back thousands of years and in different cultures.

For a review of this literature, you can find an article about the history of female ejaculation in an article that was first published in March 2010 in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

You might also find it interesting to read The G Spot: And Other Discoveries about Human Sexuality, as it contains information about scientific studies related to the g spot and female ejaculation as well as quotes from many women who experience it.

Dr. Debby Herbenick (M.P.H., Ph.D.)

is a sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute, Associate Director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University and author of several books including Sex Made Easy and Because It Feels Good: A Woman's Guide to Sexual Pleasure and Satisfaction.
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Comments

  • Jhgsarab

    I am one of these women who does this. In some cases it has been embarrassing and in others has driven guys wild. I didn't always know that I could do this and was about 35 before I fully embraced it. There is no doubt in my mind that this is NOT urine. I make it a point to void my bladder before going to bed with my husband. As he loves going down on me and making me share as much of myself as I can while he sucks it up, I also have his conviction that it is not urine.

    We really wish there was more research on this. We are both scientists and are amazed that humans are so interested in the male sexual experience that they have ignored the study of women.

  • Marius Constantin

    Lucky you! I have experienced this wonderful thing with a few women, and the most interesting thing is that the taste of the liquid is very ok! – coming from both finger, and penile stimulating of the G spot, and oral stimulation of the clitoris!… So, it is very important that the women must read, know and talk honestly with their partners, to be able to relax enough to can experience that amazing and wonderful ejaculation!…
    For that, a glass of red wine, or even best! champagne!, 15 minutes before start, and a gentle massage of the body, with a lot of kisses al over her body, makes really miracles!…
    Try also to listen “Wrap yous arms around me” -Agnetha Faltskog, “Do that to me one more time” – Captain Tenille, and “Kiss you all over” – Exile, etc…
    When the women are ejaculating, is such a rewarding feeling, especially when is not only once, in the same action time!…
    It seems that (for my case!) the best position is “woman on top” because she can control all her sensations, and I am free to enjoy kissing her breast!, etc…
    Good luck to you all!

    PsihoSex (ologist) – Romania