In human anatomy, the "Skene's glands" (also known as the "lesser vestibular" or "paraurethral glands") are glands located on the upper wall of the vagina, around the lower end of the urethra. They drain into the urethra and near the urethral opening. The location of the Skene's glands is also known as the GrÃ¤fenberg spot or G-spot; the general area is the urethral sponge. The Skene's glands are homologous with (that is to say, the female equivalent of) the prostate gland in males.
Skene's glands are the probable source of female ejaculation.
In 2002, Emmanuele Jannini of L'Aquila University in Italy showed that there may be an explanation both for the phenomenon and for the frequent denials of its existence. Skene's glands have highly variable anatomy, and in some extreme cases they appear to be missing entirely. If Skene's glands are the cause of female ejaculation and vaginal orgasms, this may explain the observed absence of these phenomena in many women.
The milky fluid that emerges during female ejaculation has a composition similar to the fluid generated in males by the prostate gland. Forceful orgasms with clear liquids are actually instances of urinary incontenance that occur with orgasm. The physiological reason for such reactions is a composite of the relaxation effects of an orgasm as well as high stress on the bladder resulting from the need to urinate.
The glands were named after the physician who described them first, Alexander Skene.
- The paraurethral glands in scientific literature
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