A new study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine found that female ejaculation is absolutely real; it's just not what you might think it is [via Fusion]. And—twist!—it's a totally different thing than squirting.
Samuel Salama, an author of the study who works in the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at Hospital Privé in France, says there's a pretty big difference between female ejaculation and squirting. Female ejaculation, he continues, is when a small amount of fluid is released through the female prostate (if you have one. Apparently some women do and some don't). That's basically when you suddenly get wetter.
Squirting, on the other hand, is a large amount of clear liquid that comes from the bladder, which is what you usually see in porn. Yes—squirting actually is very similar to peeing. In the study they proved that a full bladder was emptied after squirting via an ultrasound.
So how many women are able to squirt versus female ejaculate? No one knows for sure, but experts estimate anywhere from 10 to 54 percent of women are capable of doing either. Which means you shouldn't feel bad about not having clear liquid shooting out of your vagina every time you have sex, and you also shouldn't feel bad if that happens every time. It just depends on how your body is set up, not on you as a person or how good your partner is. You are perfect either way.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.