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When Women Come Too: A Scientific Look at the Squirting Phenomenon

When Women Come Too: A Scientific Look at the Squirting Phenomenon

In all the years I have taught human sexuality courses to college students, no subject has generated more questions—from both men and women—than the female orgasm. Their questions run the gamut, ranging from the purpose of the female orgasm to the sex position that’s most likely to make a woman to climax. Lately, though, I’ve noticed the questions centering around one thing: the fluid some women release upon orgasm. Most commonly, I get asked whether this can really even happen, which is interesting when you consider that we’ve known about female ejaculation for thousands of years. I mean, even the ancient Greeks and Romans wrote about it. In a recent paper documenting the history of female ejaculation, the authors described it well when they said it’s a phenomenon that seems to be repeatedly “discovered, described, and forgotten.” Although I can’t say exactly where the recent surge in curiosity about female ejaculation stems from, I do suspect it’s tied to the growing…

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