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Marie Claire (South Africa) - - SEX & LOVE 101 -

I’M EM­BAR­RASSED TO CON­FESS THIS BUT I’M RE­LUC­TANT TO GIVE MY MAN ORAL SEX BE­CAUSE OF THE WAY HE TASTES. I FIND HIS SE­MEN TASTES RE­ALLY ACIDIC. IS THIS NOR­MAL?

When you go down on your part­ner, the way he tastes can be a deal-breaker for some peo­ple, and a lot of women are self-con­scious about this when they are on the re­ceiv­ing end of oral sex. If you’re nd­ing that your part­ner’s taste is a lit­tle off-putting, there are some sim­ple things he can do that will make a big dif­fer­ence to your oral-giv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. The three big­gest rea­sons some­one might taste un­pleas­ant are life­style, diet and health. If your part­ner drinks or smokes, he’s go­ing to taste un­pleas­ant and bit­ter – es­pe­cially if he’s a smoker. If he ever needed a rea­son to quit smok­ing, more oral sex is a pretty good ar­gu­ment! When it comes to diet, the more fatty, pro­cessed and sug­ary foods he eats, the worse he’ll taste. Ask your part­ner to drink plenty of wa­ter, de­crease the amount of caf­feine, dairy and red meat he con­sumes, and in­crease his in­take of fresh fruit (par­tic­u­larly pineap­ple) and veg­eta­bles. Fi­nally, if he has an STI he could taste or smell un­pleas­ant, and although many STIs are asymp­to­matic, one clear in­di­ca­tor can be some­one’s smell. Speak to your doc­tor if you’re wor­ried about this.

If you’re wor­ried about how you taste and smell, it might help you feel more com­fort­able to know that all women have a par­tic­u­lar smell and taste, which are at­trac­tive to most part­ners. Again, diet, life­style and health can all af­fect this, and an in­fec­tion (thrush or bac­te­rial vagi­nosis) can also lead to an odd smell. Don’t wash with harsh soaps and never douche.

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