Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 19, Issue 1, pp 29–47

Female ejaculation: Perceived origins, the Grafenberg spot/area, and sexual responsiveness

  • Carol Anderson Darling
  • J. Kenneth DavidsonSr.
  • Colleen Conway-Welch

DOI: 10.1007/BF01541824

Cite this article as:
Darling, C.A., Davidson, J.K. & Conway-Welch, C. Arch Sex Behav (1990) 19: 29. doi:10.1007/BF01541824


Despite earlier contrary claims, some researchers have recently reported a possible homologous female prostate gland that is potentially involved in a sudden spurt of fluid being released at the moment of orgasm. A number of medical authorities have speculated that this fluid is urine. To alleviate concerns about the possible release of urine during orgasmic response as well as to contribute to a further understanding of physiological and psychological sexual satisfaction, we examined a series of variables thought to be associated with female ejaculation [(expulsion of fluid during orgasm and its relationship, if any, to a sensitive anatomic area (Grafenberg spot)]. An anonymous questionnaire was distributed to 2350 professional women in the United States and Canada with a subsequent 55% return rate. Of these respondents, 40% reported having a fluid release (ejaculation) at the moment of orgasm. Further, 82% of the women who reported the sensitive area (Grafenberg spot) also reported ejaculation with their orgasms. A number of variables were associated with this perceived existence of female ejaculation.

Key words

female ejaculationorgasmGrafenberg spot, sexual satisfactionurinary incontinence

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Carol Anderson Darling
    • 1
  • J. Kenneth DavidsonSr.
    • 2
  • Colleen Conway-Welch
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Family, Child, and Consumer SciencesFlorida State UniversityTallahasseeUSA
  2. 2.Department of Sociology and AnthropologyUniversity of Wisconsin-Eau ClaireEau ClaireUSA
  3. 3.School of NursingVanderbilt UniversityNashvilleUSA