Have you ever wondered what you taste like? You know… Down there? Most women wonder at some point in time, and some women are even aroused by the way they taste and smell.
And, of course, we all enjoy when our partner is aroused by the way we taste and smell. But what should you do if you don’t like the way you taste and smell down there?
I’m sure you’ve heard of some of those strange natural remedies for this little problem. “Eat nothing but pineapples. Drink a bunch of pineapple juice. I swear – it works.” (Or, you know, whatever variation your friends use. It’s usually pineapples.)
Do these methods actually work, though?
Officially, there’s never been a formal study done on the subject – but a lot of people still believe “the pineapple thing” actually works.
“We can’t ignore the anecdotal evidence from experts and the general population,” says Jessica O’Reilly, Ph.D. (She works for Astroglide, so we’re going to assume she knows what she’s talking about when it comes to matters of sex.) Among the “general population” supporters are Kim and Kourtney Kardashian, who did their own test on their show in 2013.
No matter how you feel about the Kardashian sisters, this is a pretty monumental hypothesis to test out, and we’re pretty glad they did it. (At least I didn’t have to.)
According to O’Reilly (“Dr. Jess”), her clients say that sweet fruits, vegetables, and herbs make the vaginal fluids being sweeter, while smoking, caffeine consumption, and a lot of preservatives make the fluids more bitter.
Dr. Jess adds that the medication you’re on can affect the way you taste and smell, too, particularly antibiotics, since they throw the vaginal pH all out of whack.
Dr. Jess states that the way your vagina tastes shouldn’t really be a matter of concern to you – it’s pretty much always going to taste and smell like a vagina. If your partner doesn’t enjoy the way you taste and smell, the problem probably isn’t what you’re eating.
Still, if you’re looking to mix things up, Dr. Jess says it wouldn’t hurt to cut back on processed foods, especially those containing preservatives.
She says it might be worth cutting down refined sugar, yeast, and alcohol, as these can contribute to yeast production in the body.
As far as foods to increase, sweet fruits like pineapple and mango, coconut oil and essential fatty acids, garlic, and probiotics all may have some benefits.
Keep in mind that, since these theories are not backed up by a formal study, there’s really no guarantee that they’ll work – but since they’re positive dietary changes anyway, it wouldn’t hurt to give them a shot.
You never know – they might work better than you expect.