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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.
Sexologist Catriona Boffard answers your most pressing sex questions