Female ejaculate — where does it come from?

Originally Published: May 25, 2001 - Last Updated / Reviewed On: July 3, 2014
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Hey Alice,

I read your info regarding female ejaculation. I was surprised to know it ejects from the urethra. However, I would love to know where it is produced. I have been unable to find any information regarding this. Your site is the first place I have ever been able to have the issue acknowledged. Thanks.

Dear Reader,

Like Stonehenge, solar eclipses, and countless other wonders of nature, female ejaculation has provoked both awe and controversy. Because the fluid in question is expelled from the urethra upon orgasm, many researchers, women, and their partners believed that the phenomena of female ejaculation was really just a loss of bladder control. The book, The G Spot, by sex researcher and educator Beverly Whipple, Alice Ladas, and John Perry, broke through the silence and embarrassment that surrounded female ejaculate, leading many to G-spot joy.

Now, researchers believe that female ejaculate is produced by the Skene's glands, which are located near a woman's urethra and are made of tissue that's similar in composition to a man's prostate gland. These researchers point to chemical analysis of female ejaculate that reveals the presence of high levels of prostatic acid phosphatase (a chemical secreted by the prostate gland and found in semen). This would seem to indicate that a woman's ejaculation is similar in composition to semen — without the sperm, of course. Female ejaculate is not pee. It's generally clear or somewhat milky and nearly odorless.

Although modern science may not know exactly yet what female ejaculation is, women who experience it, and the intense orgasms that usually accompany it, are only too happy to conduct their own experiments, and direct partners with cries of, "Oh, yes, right there... THERE!"

Alice