In theGeneration of Animals, Aristotle argues that the function of the fluid is pleasure, not procreation;
Some think that the female contributes semen in coition because the pleasure she experiences is sometimes similar to that of the male, and also is attended by a liquid discharge. But thisdischarge is not seminal...The amount of this discharge when it occurs, is sometimes on adifferent scale from the emission of semen and far exceeds it.
Hippocrates stated that "the ejaculate of the mans runs together with that from the woman",
whileGalendifferentiated procreative and pleasurable female fluids, attributing the latter to whathe described as the prostate.
The fluid in her prostate ...contributes nothing to the generation of offspring...it is poured outsidewhen it has done its service...This liquid not only stimulates...the sexual act but also is able to give pleasure and moisten the passageway as it escapes. It manifestly flows from women as theyexperience the greatest pleasure in coitus...
Eventually it was this two semen theory that prevailed in Arabic, and then Western medicalteaching.
Sixteenth to eighteenth century
In the 16th century, the English physician Laevinius Lemnius, refers to how a woman "drawsforth the man's seed and casts her own with it".
In the 17th century,Francois Mauriceau described glands at the urethral meatus that "pour out great quantities of saline liquor duringcoition, which increases the heat and enjoyment of women".
This century saw an increasingunderstanding of female sexual anatomy and function,
in particular the work of theBartholinfamily in Denmark.
The Dutch anatomistRegnier de Graaf , wrote an influential treatise on the reproductive organs
Concerning the Generative Organs of Women
which is much cited in the literature on this topic.De Graaf discussed the original controversy but supported the Aristotelian view.
Heidentified the source as the glandular structures and ducts surrounding the urethra.
[VI:66-7]The urethra is lined by a thin membrane. In the lower part, near the outlet of theurinary passage, this membrane is pierced by large ducts, or lacunae, through which pituito- serous matter occasionally discharges in considerable quantities.
Between this very thinmembrane and the fleshy fibres we have just described there is, along the whole duct of theurethra, a whitish membranous substance about one finger-breadth thick which completely surrounds the urethral canal... The substance could be called quite aptly the female 'prostatae' or 'corpus glandulosum', 'glandulous body'
The function of the 'prostatae' is to generate a pituito-serous juice which makes women more libidinous with its pungency and saltiness and lubricates their sexual parts in agreeable fashion during coitus.[VII:81]Here too it should be noted that the discharge from the female 'prostatae' causes asmuch pleasure as does that from the male 'prostatae'