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5 Foods for Better Taste Below the Waist
As long as you're clean and healthy, your sexual juices should taste just fine. But for those wanting some extra ammo to make things taste great, here are 5 foods to keep in mind.
Have you ever had a sexual partner go down on you, only to emerge from under the sheets five seconds later, gasping for air?
OK, so maybe that’s a bit dramatic ... and if anyone's actually done that to you - well, you might just be sleeping with an insensitive jerk.
But let’s be honest: Genitals don’t taste like candy. The vagina has been described as having a metallic, sweet, spicy, or bitter taste to it. The taste of semen has been commonly described as bitter or salty. And while a partner who's sexually attracted to you is more likely to be attracted to your own personal brand, keeping things fresh down there is kinda like using breath mints - not necessary, but nice.
Why You Taste Like You Do
Many different factors contribute to the way your vagina tastes: your sweat, the breathability of your underwear, the laundry detergent you use, how clean you keep things down there, and what you eat.
Most vulva-owners also get the extra perk of dealing with menstrual hygiene when Aunt Flo comes for a visit. Let's be honest, periods can be messy for all vulva-owners, and some menstrual products don't really make life any easier. I mean, maxi pads are basically a feminine diaper, and cotton tampons just chill out absorbing all (or let's be more realistic, SOME) of Aunt Flow's loveliness and drip the rest down on to a pad or your underwear. It's no surprise that that vaginas smell and taste a bit coppery after chilling with its blood-soaked comrades for days on end.
Luckily, there are alternatives. Enter the menstrual cup! If you're a vulva-owner, you've probably hear of these nifty devices. Sleek, easily insertable cups made of medical grade silicone that tuck themselves up next to your pubic bone and chill out for 12 hours. Goodbye risk of toxic shock syndrome and smelly, soggy cotton!
Some, like the Intimina Ziggy Cup, can even been worn during sex!
Yup, that's right, DURING SEX.
Vulva-owners shouldn't feel like they have to avoid sexual intimacy during period just because of a little blood. (Although, let's be honest, some people are into the blood, which is cool too!) So, if you've got a partner that's not a fan of the coppery taste, cups like these can help ease some of that during your period (but remember, periods are nothing to be grossed out or embarrassed about!).
Read: 4 Ways Using a Menstrual Cup Makes You a Better Vagina Owner
Here's a fun penis fact: Semen contains only one percent sperm. The remaining 99 percent is composed of proteins, vitamins, sugars, salts, cholesterol and water used to protect, feed and fuel the sperm. That’s the reason why diet can have such an impact on how semen tastes.
So, while good hygiene will certainly improve the overall oral experience for a guy's partner, it won't make the result any more palatable. What a man eats, however, might.
Read: 9 Penis Facts That Will Make You Feel Awesome About Yours
Now that we've got that out of the way, let's take a look at some of the foods that are believed to have an effect on how we taste below the waist.
Pineapple Upside Down ... Cupcake
The vagina is acidic. Pineapple, as well as other citrus fruits, like oranges or grapefruit, helps to balance its delicate PH balance and add a bit of sweetness to those secretions.
Not to mention, citruses are also great at alleviating some of those super fun period side effects, like bloating and mood swings. So, if you're on your period, grab yourself a menstrual cup, some citrus fruits and go to town!
The pH balance of semen is alkaline, so eating acidic fruits will help make it taste sweeter. Because pineapple has more acidity than other citrus fruits, it works the best out of all of them.
Cinnamon, and Spice and Everything Nice
Cinnamon, which is an alkaline spice, neutralizes the acidic taste of the vagina. It's also mildly antibiotic, and there's some evidence that it can help treat an active yeast infection. Better vaginal balance means better taste.
There’s a popular myth going around that goes like this: if a guy eats cinnamon, his semen will taste like cinnamon. This is true, to an extent. It won't make semen taste like cinnamon gum, but at least anecdotally, people says it sweetens the taste. Hey, it works for your breath, right? Don’t like cinnamon? Cardamom, peppermint, or lemon are also believed to do the trick.
Because celery is high in water and Vitamin C, it works wonders to reduce any bitter taste the vagina may have. Vitamin C is very effective in restoring the ecology of vaginal bacteria and promoting the growth of healthy flora.
For those looking to ease period related smells, celery is a handy vegetable to keep in mind. Since celery is mostly water, it helps to keep you hydrated, which also helps to dilute the fluid, tissue, bacteria and mucus that your body expels during your period.
That said, if your smell or taste seems really off, drop the celery stick, skip the oral and head to the doctor: That can mean infection.
Straight Up Celery Stick
Celery, as well as parsley and wheat grass, has a high chlorophyll content. That's believed to help sweeten the taste of semen ... along with just about anything else that grows and doesn't stink.