If you’re a woman, then you already know that there’s a lot going on down there. Your vagina is a complicated body part that does a lot of slightly strange things. There’s regular discharge, which changes on an almost regular basis. There’s uncomfortable sweat that isn’t easy to get rid of. There’s menstrual blood, itchiness, and sometimes painful ingrown hairs. There’s also a smell, and if you have a vagina or have ever been near one, you know what I’m talking about. Vaginas have a distinct smell, and we’ll be real with you: that smell is nothing like a flower, a pineapple, or a cupcake.
The truth is that vaginas are never going to smell like something you want to bottle up and use as perfume (I mean, maybe to some people they smell that good, but that’s fine, it’s just… that’s not the average). It’s fine! There are so many other things you should stress about that have nothing to do with the way your vagina smells or tastes. No guy or girl out there has gone down on a girl and then declared that her vag tasted like a little pot of honey. It’s a vagina! It’s not meant to.
That said, there are some times when your vay-jay-jay smells a little bit more pungent than other times. If you’re smelling something very offensive, it’s probably some sort of an infection, and you should go to the doctor. But just a little tweak off is usually caused by something you ate or drank. Yup, food has an effect on your vagina, and it’s not always great. There are some foods and drinks out there that can make your vagina taste and smell bad… or, not bad, just stronger. Some of these are delicious, so please, do not avoid them so your vag tastes better. First of all, this is not an exact science, and second, who cares? Does every penis out there taste and smell like a rainbow of your favorite ice cream flavors? No. Are dudes freaking out about it? Definitely not. So, just keep these in mind, you know, because it’s interesting. Enjoy!
CoffeeAnything that tastes or smells strong can make your vagina smell - or, a better way to describe it is that most things that give you bad breath give you a bad vag smell. Yes, even coffee. Drinking a lot of coffee might change the way your vagina smells or tastes. Plus, caffeine in coffee can also dehydrate you, which can lead to weird stuff down there. If you're a regular coffee drinker and this is freaking you out, start drinking more water! Source: iStock
AlcoholAlcohol, whether it's liquor, beer, or wine, can definitely change the way your vag smells and/or tastes. It affects your pH and can throw that delicate system off balance, leading to some strong smells down there. So, drinking just to get the courage to hook up with someone? Maybe not the best way to go about it. Source: iStock
OnionsStrong-smelling and tasting foods can lead to a strong smell down there - so it's no surprise that onions are on this list. Onions of any kind can affect your vagina taste and smell, especially if you eat a lot of them or eat them on a regular basis. Source: iStock
Green Veggies Like Asparagus and BroccoliYes, the rumors are true - asparagus definitely makes your vagina smell or taste a little off. In fact, any food that makes your pee smell weird can make your vag smell and taste weird - it just makes sense. Asparagus is one of those foods you eat and almost instantly see a difference down there. Other strong green veggies like broccoli can do the same thing. Source: iStock
SeafoodHave you ever heard someone say something gross, like, "Her vagina smells like fish?" That's because, sometimes, when a vagina smells a little off, it has a fishy odor to it. Usually, a fishy odor means you should head to the gyno, but if you just ate a lot of seafood, that could be the reason! Source: iStock
Strong Spices Like Curry and GarlicIf anything strong smelling can make your vagina smell and taste weird, then it only makes sense that curry and garlic would be on this list. Too much of these spices will change things up. Source: iStock
Red MeatDo vegetarians really taste and smell better down there? Maybe (but probably not). But it is true that eating a lot of red meat will make you taste and smell different - it can even make a dude's cum smell and taste stronger! No one is immune. Source: iStock
Dairy ProductsMost dairy products can mess with your pH balance and leave your vagina tasting and smelling a little funky... especially if you have a lot of them. The exception is yogurt, which is full of the good probiotics your vag needs. Source: iStock
Which of these things do you eat or drink the most often? What did we forget to include? Let me know in the comments.