What is Skene's Gland?

G.W. Poulos

Skene's gland is part of the human female reproductive system and is located near the entrance of the vagina. There are two of them, one located on each side of the urethral opening. While some controversy surrounds these glands, many researchers believe they are related to the G-spot, G-spot orgasms, and female ejaculation. They are named for Alexander Skene, the physician who first described them in the 19th century.

The skene's gland is part of the female reproductive system, adjacent to the entrance to the vagina.
The skene's gland is part of the female reproductive system, adjacent to the entrance to the vagina.

Anatomy and Relationship to the Prostate

These glands are also known as lesser vestibular or paraurethral glands. They are generally considered analogous to the prostate in men, due to similarities in their structure and function, and a microscopic examination of their cells and tissues supports this connection. Researchers have found, for example, that the gland produces proteins such as prostate-specific antigen, which was previously known only to originate in the male organ.

During sexual arousal, the Skene's gland becomes swollen with blood, stimulating nerve fibers associated with it.
During sexual arousal, the Skene's gland becomes swollen with blood, stimulating nerve fibers associated with it.

The main difference is that, while the prostate is almost always fully-formed in men, this is not the case in the female equivalent. Some women have fairly large and well-developed Skene's glands, but others have much smaller ones and still other women seem to lack them completely. It is believed that this wide variation might be why some women experience G-spot orgasms and ejaculation while others do not.


During sexual arousal, the Skene's gland becomes swollen with blood, stimulating nerve fibers associated with it. Ongoing stimulation of the area can produce an orgasm, but the nerve fibers are different from those in the clitoris. Many women report that orgasm associated with gland stimulation feels different from clitoral orgasm.

The glands are believed to be the sole source of the fluid expelled during female ejaculation. They produce varying amounts of liquid, but generally no more than around 0.5 cup (about 118 ml) at a time. It is thought that the gland produces a small amount of fluid throughout sexual arousal, and that sometimes, a larger quantity of fluid is released upon orgasm. Many women who experience this believe that they have accidentally expressed urine, and some deliberately suppress their orgasms to prevent embarrassment.

The fluid the Skene's gland produces does not resemble urine at all: it's typically clear and does not have the same odor. It contains a mixture of blood plasma, proteins, and enzymes similar to that of prostate fluid. For this reason, and because of the anatomical similarities, many researchers and medical professionals have begun referring to the gland as the female prostate.

Controversial Issues

Historically, some researchers have questioned whether the Skene's glands actually exist, and those who did accept their existence still debate what roles they play in female arousal, orgasm, and ejaculation. Another question yet to be answered is whether it plays any part in sexual dysfunction in women.

The controversy about the existence and function of the gland is similar to that which also surrounds the G-spot. Research studies have produced evidence both for and against the existence of this spot, which is said to be located inside the vagina, on the front wall. Women who report having G-spot orgasms tend to be more likely to also experience ejaculation. This suggests there might be a physical link between the G-spot and Skene's gland, but overall the body of research is considered by many medical professionals to be inconclusive.


Healthy Skene's glands generally cannot be felt or seen. Sometimes, the ducts can become blocked by infection, causing pain and tenderness. If the infection does not resolve on its own, an abscess can form within the duct or the gland itself. Not all abscesses require medical attention, but severe infection might require that the abscess be drained by a professional. The most common treatment for infection is a single dose or course of antibiotics, typically the same as those used to treat urinary tract infections.

Very rarely, the gland can become cancerous. The type of cancer that develops is referred to as Skene’s gland adenocarcinoma, and it is very similar to prostate cancer in men. This disease is so rare than only a small handful of cases have been documented in medical literature, but surgery is typically an effective treatment providing the disease is detected early on.

During sexual arousal, the Skene's gland -- located at the entrance to the vagina -- becomes swollen with blood.
During sexual arousal, the Skene's gland -- located at the entrance to the vagina -- becomes swollen with blood.

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I have been with my boyfriend for two years and the sex has been great! The best I have ever had and because of him I have multiple orgasms which I never did before.

About a month and a half ago, I started squirting. It was so unexpected for me because I truly didn't believe that women could do this. It was also a bit frightening for me, but luckily my boyfriend is several years older than me and more experienced than me and he knew exactly what was happening. It is a different feeling than my regular orgasms and he actually knows before I do when it's getting ready to happen. He knows exactly how to hit my g spot and this skene's gland is close to my g spot so he stimulates both. For me it's like a build up of a hot gush that I cannot control. Is it something that I can learn to control? He loves knowing that he can make me do this now.


This is something that is real and it has got completely nothing to do with urine. The feeling is heavenly as this kind of orgasm is the most intense I have ever experienced. It happens to me almost all the time as long as my partner knows how well to pleasure me. It is my sex motivator!


I am also a gusher, squirter, whatever you want to call it. My husband and I absolutely love it. At times I am a bit more reserved because it is a bit messy (and we have children who are very intrusive) but it is a huge addition to our love life. I wish that more women could experience this.


My sexual partner has been touching my glad a lot over the past week and I feel like I have to pee now all the time. Is this because it has been touched too much? I had never been touched there before. Does my body have to get used to it?


There is not a whole lot of information about blockages that occur with skene's glands. I think one developed today and I am hoping it will resolve itself. I wish there were more resources for female sexual health.


I use to think I was a freak because I ejaculate, but I think that is because so much of what is written about female ejaculation is wrong.

They say it comes out of your urethra,but I have filmed it happening and it does not come from my urethra. It comes out of my vagina.

They say you can only ejaculate a small amount, but I have ejaculated up to18 ounces in a masturbation session.

They say it is odorless, but if you have a heightened sense of smell you can actually smell it. Maybe it is pheromones.

And not to gross anyone out, but it has a faint sweet taste.

And the feeling is different from an orgasm. They are two different sensations, both in sensation and consistency.


I am 34 and have just had a marsupialization of a Skenes gland that became blocked. It was easily the size of a ping pong ball. These are uncommon and even my Gyno had not seen one, but knew a lot about them, thank goodness.

The operation took about 15 minutes and I had a general anesthetic. When the gland began to enlarge, I had no idea it was there for about a month. It was only a bit uncomfortable when I seemed to sit the wrong way. I would probably get a second opinion and have it fixed as they can keep blocking frequently.


I think it is a shame that we women are not taught about the function of this gland, or about female ejaculation and what it can do for a relationship.

The fact that so little is known about it, plus the terrible fact that it is recommended to be removed is a sad state of our medical system and our whole approach to sexuality.


I am 43 years old and found out that I am a "gusher" due to this gland being stimulated. My negative issue with it, is I feel once it's found, I cannot control it or how much is expelled. It's very messy and kind of freaks my boyfriend out a little. I'd like to be able to suppress it at times. Is there a way?


I am in my early 40's and have today been advised that my blocked skene gland should should unblock itself without any necessary treatment. The swelling came up in one day and is the size of a very large grape. There doesn't appear to be a huge amount of information about this out there.

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