Did I Pee or Squirt? All Your Questions, Answered

If you ever asked yourself, “did I pee or squirt?” Then, you’re in the right place. We answer all your questions about squirting and how it differs from peeing here. Read on:

Many women ask if they peed or squirted during masturbation if some type of liquid gushes out. The answer is not definitive and usually difficult to discern, but it is not impossible.

It felt good, but was it urine or squirt? Is squirting even real? 

In this article, we’ll go over all your questions about the difference between peeing and squirting, the signs of each, how to tell the difference, and how to help you squirt.

What is squirt, exactly?

Squirting is referred to as “female ejaculation.”

Yep, you don’t need to have a penis to ejaculate. Yey!

What would you need if you’re a vulva-haver? A urethra.

The urethra is a tube where the urine passes to come out of the body. Ejaculating happens when fluid is expelled from the urethral opening.

This liquid is not urine and is not the same as the cervical fluid when you’re “wet” when you’re turned on.

It’s the expulsion of liquid during masturbation or sex.

TBH, it’s still considered mysterious. And it’s a hot debate on what it is really. But arguments aside, squirting is real. It’s also not pee—at least, not entirely.

How squirting feels like

Squirting feels like you just exploded. Liquid gushes out of you that feels like a release. It’s pleasurable, but it may also not feel like a ‘regular’ orgasm. 

Importantly, it’s really, really good.

Some may say it’s just urine. The thing is, it could happen even when your bladder is empty.

So, what liquid is coming out, really?

Squirt DOES contain urine

In a 2015 study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, women’s bladders filled up right before squirting and emptied after the ejaculation.

The vaginal liquid was found to contain components of urine—urea, creatinine, and uric acid. 

Additionally, it also contains fluid from the female prostate, called the Skene’s glands. This gland surrounds the urethra, and it’s located right below the bladder.

That means the squirt and pee come from the same place and the same body parts: the urethra and bladder.

And when you want to squirt, you’d want to stimulate the G-spot, which, as mentioned, is located really close to your bladder. That’s also why you get the similar sensation of peeing when you’re about to squirt.

In short, squirt isn’t urine

Squirt contains a hint of urine, but it’s NOT urine.

At the same time, it can be both—sort of. But, ultimately, they both share some similarities and contain hints of each other.

How much squirt is released?

The amount varies. But there is a study that indicates the amount ranges from 0.3 mL to more than 150 mL from 320 participants.

That means squirt could take over half of a cup! Hence, it could get wet and messy, so be prepared. *wink*

So, what’s the difference between squirt and urine?

And how can you tell the difference?

For one, the smell. It could be different from one woman to another, so you should be familiar with your body.

In general, squirt smells quite like oat or wheat. It has a similar smell to cereal milk. But others find it doesn’t have any scent at all. One thing’s for sure; it doesn’t smell like urine.

Meanwhile, pee smells like… well, you probably already know what pee smells like.

Another indicator is the color.

Urine is usually yellowish, especially if you didn’t drink lots of water beforehand. But it’s also clearer.

Squirt is mostly more cloudy than pee.

Another more telltale, obvious sign is… It FEELS different.

The liquid that comes out might contain mostly urine, but the sensations are different.

Look at it this way: when you see a gynecologist, and they insert a speculum inside your vagina, it’s not considered “sex” even when you’re technically being penetrated with something. So it’s not the same thing.

In doubt? It’s probably a squirt.

Did it feel good when you released it? It’s probably a squirt.

Were you doing a stimulation in a sexual manner when it expulsed? It’s probably a squirt.

Why does it feel like you have to pee?

Various factors contribute to the feeling like you’re about to pee.

It could be a bummer when you’re feeling good, but you get the urge to run to the bathroom. 

Should you continue and ride the sensation through, in case it’s squirting? Now, what if it’s actually pee?

It happens because stimulating your vagina, especially from thrusting, puts pressure on the bladder. The bladder and urethra are adjacent to the vaginal canal. Intercourse could bump around the bladder a bit.

Another reason is vaginal dryness or when you’re sensitive to the condom or lubricant. This could lead to swelling and irritation around the urethra, hence, the urge.

Having weak pelvic floor muscles might give you that feeling as well.

And you might get the need-to-pee feeling when you’re about to orgasm or squirt!

What to do when you feel like you have to pee

Prevention is better than cure.

So if you’re squeamish about it and you REALLY don’t want any leaking accidents to happen, pee before sex or masturbating.

Already doing it? Either time out or hold it.

Or… roll with it. It might be female ejaculation on the way. You can also go for a shower or bath play if you don’t want to deal with the wet or if you feel shy.

How does squirting happen?

You need to push a magic button: the G-spot.

The G-spot feels different from woman to woman. Others say they can feel it, while others don’t.

G-spot stimulation or clitoral AND G-spot stimulation can make a woman squirt.

How to find the G-spot

The G-spot is inside the front vaginal wall. However, it could be hard to find as it’s not precisely mapped out in the body. 

Insert a finger or toy inside your vagina. It should be lifted towards your belly button, and your fingers should be curved in a “come hither” motion.

You don’t have to look for a specific button. You can just focus on the area instead. 

How to squirt

Curious? Here are the basics:

Prep your surroundings

Waterproof your bed for easy clean-up afterward. You can lay down a towel or a waterproof throw on your bed.

Or, you can do it in the bathtub—no worries about getting wet then.


Being turned on is crucial. Set the mood, use lube, and put your phone on Airplane Mode.

Stimulate the G-spot

With your fingers, sex toy, or with a partner. 

If you’re with a partner, doggy style is the perfect angle for G-spot stimulation with enough room for you or your partner to play with your clit.

Fingering, especially by your partner, is one of the best and easiest ways to squirt as there’s more control over the speed, movement, and rhythm. 

Using a sex toy? A nonvibrating, stainless steel dildo like the njoy Pure Wand is a holy grail. Its curve is perfect for squirting G-spot stim. 

njoy Pure Wand

Can every woman squirt?

That depends, of course. Every woman can try to squirt.

It’s fun to explore, but you shouldn’t be so fixated on it. You shouldn’t feel like it’s a failure when you don’t squirt.

For many women, it takes a while to squirt. For some, they experience it faster. But, ultimately, you can have a fulfilling sex life whether or not you squirt.

If you really really want to, practicing makes perfect.

Squirting and orgasm aren’t the same things.

Women orgasm without squirting. Some women ejaculated but did not orgasm. Sometimes, the orgasm happens after the ejaculation.

How to deal with squirting mess

Squirting is wet and messy—which is totally fine! Who cares about a bit of mess?

But if you’re worried about your mattress getting wet, use a mattress protector.

To be fair, no one wants to sleep on a soaking mattress. You may also use a towel or incontinence sex mats.

I understand that some people stress a lot over it. However, it’s also important to note that it’s nothing to be ashamed about. Sex activities easily involve bodily fluids like cum, sweat, saliva, AND SO MUCH MORE.

When it’s ACTUALLY pee

Now, what if you DID pee during masturbation or sex?

It’s more common for women to pee during sex than men because men have a natural mechanism NOT to pee when they have an erection.

Urinary incontinence can happen. This is urine leakage when doing a sexual activity, and it could happen when climaxing.

Stimulation could put pressure on the urethra and bladder. This leakage is more likely to happen in women with overactive bladder or weak pelvic floor muscles.

If that happens, don’t worry about it too much. Accidents can happen—no biggie!

Final Thoughts

Wondering if the liquid you released is pee or squirt may be stressful for some people.

But it shouldn’t be something to stress about. What’s important is you enjoyed the sensation—whether it’s pee or squirt.

And don’t pressure yourself into squirting, as it shouldn’t be an end goal. Enjoy the journey, not the destination!

Aliyah Moore

Aliyah Moore

Aliyah Moore (she/her) is our resident sex expert at SexualAlpha. She’s a certified sex therapist with a Ph.D. in Gender & Sexuality Studies. Aliyah is a proud Black, bi-sexual femme passionate about empowering minority voices to embrace their sexuality and identity. She loves to write about everything sexual wellness and gives no-nonsense sex and relationship advice.

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