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.
A Slice of Ladyhood
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. Of course, good hygiene is just a matter of sexual etiquette, but if you have a hunch that your partner would rather slurp down a foie gras smoothie than to eat you out, try modifying your diet. (Learn more about your ladybits in 10 Things You Don't Know About Vaginas.)
Here's a fun penis fact: Semen contains only 1 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. (Learn more about man's best friend in 10 Things You Don't Know About Penises.)
So 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. (Get yourself a pineapple and go to town with 8 Steps to Giving a Woman Amazing Oral Sex.)
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.