Dear Dr. Kate: Why Does My Vagina Taste Bitter Sometimes?

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Hello Dr. Kate,

My question is about the taste of my vagina. Both from what my boyfriend has said/his reactions and my own taste-tests, I know that sometimes I taste of nothing and sometimes almost bitter (even after showering). Is this change due to hormones, or is it like with men where the foods you eat affect your taste? Thank you so much!

— (Would Rather Be) Tasteless

Dear Tasteless,

Every woman has a unique taste that changes based on many things. At different times in your cycle, your taste can change from sweet to salty to sour. When you’re aroused, or if you’re sweating (or both), the flavor can also be different. And certainly having an infection (yeast or vaginosis) can cause your taste to change.

It’s unclear if diet can really change the taste of vaginal secretions — unsurprisingly, it’s hard to get funding to do such research. But anecdotally, different foods in your diet can change how you taste. The foods I hear about most: raw garlic, citrus fruits (particularly pineapple), strawberries, coffee, and asparagus. Even alcohol, nicotine and vitamins have the potential to change your taste. Violet Blue goes into further details that she learned while researching her book on cunnilingus.

I’d love to hear about this from you all… Have any of you (or your partners) noticed a change in your vaginal taste? What do you think it’s due to?

— Dr. Kate

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  1. So im breastfeeding drinking as much water as i can . Excercising. I wax my vajaja an for a few weeks i tasted myself an its sour as! I havent had sex in weeks . I bought bromelain *pineapple extracts. Evey now an then i use alcohol and soap free baby wipes to freshen up.. and i use an intimate wash in the shower i dont no what the problem is!!?? Help.

  2. I want to go down with my tongue with my wife, but she does not allow it because I told her her tastewas more souer since her pregnancy. How can I convince her to allow me to lick her

  3. My bf and I used to have great sex till he moved in with me…now he isn’t interested and told me he doesn’t even think of sex…we fight all the time and he says all I want is sex…its part of the relationship..how long can a man go without some kind of relieve..really now..he will rather jurk off than have sex with me..is that normal?

  4. @Clairey thanks so much, I am going to try that. I will let you know if it works for me. As for those of you having trouble with coming to or bringing someone else to orgasm. The only way to accomplish it with a woman is that she has to explore her own body and bring herself to orgasm. Once you/she can discover where and the amount of pressure needed it can happen any time you/she wants it to. Use toys in addition if you would like. The most important thing is to be relaxed, both of you, and to not rush it. When it happens, believe me you will be happy you worked for it.

  5. @ Dan John try playing with her clit be creative with your toungue, hope that helps. I am a female and haven’t felt that orgasm but I know what I want and kind of embarrassed to let him know

  6. Please Dr.Kate, My question is; I love my Wife so much & she does the same to me, Her vagina taste incrediblely like heaven and she does enjoyed it whenever goes down on her, we really enjoy sex alot but she has never reaches an organism even though i had a 7-8 inches horse power. And recently i noticed that she has not been asking of sex and i’m woried about all these……… please, i need your help; what could be the problem? i love her so much that i don’t want to cheap on her. Thanks and i hope that my request/question will be answered.

  7. Dear need2nut the problem may not necessarily be you it may be the men your sleeping with may not be hitting the right spots or you may be unaware of your own spots. I suggest you play with yourself and see if you can find what spots or positions set you off exactly than you can share this info with the one your with so sex can be enjoyable for the both of you.

  8. All vaginas have acidic conditions, in response to dealing with the sperm cells which are seen as ‘foreign’ and alkaline, to neutralise pH.

  9. I have no prob with taste just that I am 20 and I have been having sex for 8 years so why cant I seem to have orgasm? My fiance can bust off like nothing. Or sex last for like an hour or 2. He is about 8inches. I keep my cookie clean trimmed and fresh. Im always tight so what is really the problem with me?

  10. All women have their own unique taste but there are groupings of mostly three.

    It doesn’t depend on race.

    There is very sour and unpleasant

    There is a medium sour

    And then there is a heavenly floral one that is incredible!

    So far the amazing one only occurred three times for me and all three of them were vegan or vegetarian.

    I believe meat and dairy causes the disgusting sour taste.

  11. I have the answer you seek. First off, our vaginas have a pH balance necessary to make things just right there. I know without a doubt that I have found the secret to this. Rephresh makes a probiotic specific to women and our natural flora needed to maintain the ideal pH. I also use every 3 days the rephresh brand gel inserted vaginally (before bed is best). I can say without a doubt, my “pink” has never been better. My bf begs me to eat it, all the time!!!! Good luck-let me know how it goes.

  12. I love this forum. This blog comments and “answers” are a great laugh during my upsetting days.

  13. My vagina tastes like camel nuts smothered in pickle juice on a grill, with a touch of sweaty mosquito sex. Any ideas?

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