Believe it or not, the female orgasm and female ejaculation (also known as "squirting") were unknown until relatively recently. Back in the 1800s, if a woman was feeling horny, her husband would take her to the doctor so that he (yes, all doctors were men in those days) could treat what was in those days diagnosed as "hysterical tension". Symptoms of this "condition" included irritability, a temperature and swollen pudenda. And guess how the doctors treated their female patients with this condition? They prescribed masturbation! But the poor lady was not allowed to do this herself (this was deemed to be unhealthy and would rot the mind!). Usually stimulation of the woman's genitals to orgasm was performed by either a midwife at the doctor's surgery or sometimes by the doctor himself. The husband and wife would then return back to their 19th century domestic bliss, that is, until the wife got horny again.
Towards the close of the 1800s, the advent of the industrial revolution meant that the "modern doctor" would deliver the prescribed genital stimulation using a steam driven vibrator. In fact all manner of weird and wonderful contraptions were used by doctors to bring about a female orgasm - or as it was known in those days - "the relief of tension in the female". The female orgasm was simply not recognized in those days. Up until well into the 20th century, many scientists claimed that the female was incapable of enjoying an orgasm at all! Over time however, clitoral orgasm came to be recognized as the engine-room of the female orgasm.
During the 1940s, when Dr Alfred Kinsey published his research into the "art of marriage", a Dr Grafenberg's earlier research into the female orgasm came under scrutiny. Dr Grafenberg had identified a small mass of erectile tissue around the female urethra, similar to tissue in the penis, as a source of female pleasure and orgasm. Grafenberg said that this tissue became enlarged during sex and "swelled out greatly at orgasm."
Research into the Grafenberg area, or "g-spot" as it has come to be known, languished until the 1970s when researchers started correlating stimulation of the g-spot with a resultant different type of orgasm - the vaginal orgasm. g-spot orgasms are typically accompanied with vaginal and uterine contractions, whereas clitoral orgasms tend to be accompanied by only vaginal contractions. Sometimes, the g-spot orgasm was accompanied by the expulsion of fluid at the point of orgasm - female ejaculation. In all cases, the researchers said that women who experienced a g-spot orgasm described it as very powerful and much more protracted than a clitoral orgasm whether it was accompanied by female ejaculation or not.
The g-spot is located about three or four inches inside the vagina on the front side of the vagina. Imagine lying on your back with your partner inserting their fingers inside your vagina and pressing them towards your navel. They should find your g-spot just above the patch of rough tissue inside the vagina. It's thimble sized and should start to swell as it's massaged. It needs firm pressure, as it's sometimes hard to find. If you're having trouble finding your g-spot, consider trying a g-spot massager. They can produce very intense g-spot sensations. Some women report that stimulation of the g-spot is often also accompanied by strong feelings of a need to urinate. This usually disappears quickly and feelings of pleasure should replace it with continued massaging. You'll know when you find it. Experiment with how best to stimulate your g-spot but remember that firm pressure is required. If you need some help, g-spot toys are available, as are books about the g-spot and female ejaculation.
Serious study into female ejaculation has only occured recently. Some ancient cultures depicted what seems to be female ejaculation in their artworks, but despite some historical evidence documenting female ejaculation in the past, medicine has in the main attributed the expulsion of fluids by females to "poor bladder control" or "urinary incontinence". Others thought that the expulsion of fluid was the result of excess vaginal secretions. Research in the last few decades has shown both these suggestions to be incorrect and that in fact nearly half of all women can experience ejaculation either through self stimulation or sexual activity with a partner.
To the women that ejaculated, it was all a mystery. Whilst female ejaculation was generally thought to occur at the time of orgasm, it can in fact occur in the lead up to orgasm as well. In fact, female ejaculation can occur at any time during sexual arousal.
Whilst female ejaculation is the common expression, ejaculation is perhaps the wrong word for it. Whilst some women report a "gushing" or "squirting", others say the liquid is expelled with little force, in fact some called it a "dribble". Amounts can vary; anything from a few drops to a cupful can be the result. Tales of "gushing female orgasms" are probably a little off the mark but there is no doubt that some women ejaculate both copiously and with great force.
When female ejaculation occurs, the consensus is that it comes from the urethra and not the vagina. As we learnt previously, the g-spot surrounds the urethra and is composed of tissue very similar to the male prostate gland. Researchers say it is this paraurethral tissue that produces the ejaculate. Consequently, the description of the g-spot as the female prostate is probably not that far off the truth!
The ejaculate itself is surprisingly similar to male ejaculatory fluid. It is this fluid in men that carries the sperm and together make up the male ejaculate - semen. There is some agreement on the make up of female ejaculate. A liquid very simlilar to male prostate fluid is certainly in evidence in female ejaculate but there is often a significant quantity of other fluid - either from the bladder or urethra as well. It seems that both the quantity of ejaculate differs between women as does the make-up of the ejaculate.
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