5 Facts About Squirting You Were Never Taught In Sex Ed

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It's no secret that the vagina is one impressive part of the human body. Just the fact that it can delivery a baby, alone, then collapse back into shape, is pretty noteworthy. And you probably have heard, at least, that the vagina can also squirt. But the thing with squirting is that there's a lot of misinformation surrounding it. Thanks to porn which — wait for it — is made for entertainment purposes and not sexual education, squirting is depicted as something a woman experiences when she has some mind-blowing orgasm thanks to her partner. Then the squirt is this long intense stream, as if she has a hose tucked into her vagina. This, of course, is not necessarily the case in the real world.

"Some women feel they are inadequate if they can’t squirt, and there are already enough sex myths that reduce a woman’s pleasure to a male metric," OB/GYN and author of the forthcoming book The Vagina Bible, Dr. Jen Gunter, tells Bustle. "A good sexual encounter is not about optics that make a man (it’s usually a man in this scenario) feel as if he has achieved something. A good sexual encounter is about pleasure. As long as you are having an orgasm or two, who cares about anything else?"

Because squirting is still misunderstood by many people, here are five things about it to help you understand what it is and what it isn't.

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