Semen taste – does it matter?
The taste of semen has been described in many ways: coppery, salty, bleachy, like old pennies, and – the last thing a guy wants to hear about the taste of his semen – “gross”. If you ask 100 women what semen tastes like, you are quite likely to receive 100 completely different answers.
And the ironic thing is that most guys have no idea what their semen actually tastes like! The only thing we know for certain is that no guy wants his partner to think his semen tastes “gross” or even “disgusting. How your semen tastes can have a direct impact on how often you receive oral sex – so it’s no surprise that semen taste can have a huge impact on your sex life!
Any kind of intake, whether it’s food, medication, or drink, can affect the flavor of your semen or vaginal fluid,” Dr. Carol Queen, a sociologist and sexologist whose practice focuses on sex-positivity, among other sex-related topics. “Anything we smell or taste on the body is part of an excretory process – if you can tell a difference in someone’s body odor, then the likelihood is that you can tell about their sexual secretions, as well.”
According to Dr. Queen, if you want your bits to taste good, fruits like pineapple, papaya, and citrus will make a difference. “Semen is known for having a bitter flavor, and that’s what your partner was likely noticing—the absence of bitter flavor, not necessarily a sweeter flavor.”
Semen – what is it, anyway?
Semen, also called seminal fluid, is the fluid that is emitted from the male reproductive tract and that contains sperm cells, which are capable of fertilizing the female eggs. Semen also contains other liquids, known as seminal plasma, which help to keep the sperm cells viable.
Semen is produced and originates from the seminal vesicle, which is located in the pelvis. The process that results in the discharge of semen is called ejaculation. While sometimes people mistakenly interchange the words semen and sperm – however in actual fact only about 2 to 5% of the total volume of semen is made up of sperm cells.
Fluids contributed by the seminal vesicles are approximately 60 percent of the total semen volume; these fluids contain fructose, amino acids, citric acid, phosphorus, potassium, and hormones known as prostaglandins. The prostate gland contributes about 30 percent of the seminal fluid; the constituents of its secretions are mainly citric acid, acid phosphatase, calcium, sodium, zinc, potassium, protein-splitting enzymes, and fibrolysin.
Semen taste – how you can make it better.
Urban legend has it that foods like pineapple and sweet fruits will help make your cum taste good – and there is some truth to this. Most foods that contain natural sugars will have an impact on the sweetness of your semen.
It’s said that you are what you eat, and that is true as it pertains to semen as well. There are foods that make semen taste better, and there are food and habits that make semen taste worse.
For example, cigarettes, alcohol, and illegal drugs may make a man’s ejaculate taste bitter. Similarly, beef and pork are also considered to make it taste bad and saltier. Another common culprit is caffeine which may also be responsible for the bitterness in the ejaculation fluid.
Foods with high sulfur content such as broccoli and cabbage are considered to make it bitter. Dairy products are also believed to increase the saltiness, so if a man is consuming too much of it, his ejaculate will probably not taste that good.
A man who is too fond of foods with strong odor such as garlic or onions may also have strong-smelling and bad-tasting semen.
On the other hand, there are foods that are said to improve the tasteless, slightly salty normal flavor of semen.
Cinnamon and pineapple juice are considered to be two of the best foods for improving the taste of a man’s ejaculate. Any food that is high in sugar content will probably make the taste of cum a little sweeter and tastier. Wheatgrass, parsley, lemon, and peppermint could also sweeten the taste of a man’s ejaculation fluid.
Keep it real – and keep it healthy!
If your body is healthy, your semen is more likely to taste good or at least normal. So, keep all your medical conditions under check by getting proper treatment. Furthermore, the medications you take may also make your ejaculate taste bitter or excessively salty. While there is probably not much you can do here, you could probably try compensating by drinking lots of sweet fruit juices.
Of course, keep in mind that whether your partner likes the taste or not will depend a lot on her taste buds as well. Some may prefer the excessive saltiness while others may like it to taste sweet. It purely depends on your own experience and yours and your partner’s taste buds. Remember, as with many aspects of health – proper nutrition is the corner-stone of good sexual health. Healthy eating = healthy semen!