We get it: Your vulva (which also includes your labia and clitoris) is not meant to taste like roses. But a healthy vagina can have a sweet scent and taste.

Certain foods and supplements may affect your vulva’s smell and taste, and maintaining good hygiene can also make it healthier. But so far, no studies have beyond a doubt linked specific foods to a woman’s vaginal odor or taste.

Pineapple

Many women wonder if there’s a trick to making their vagina taste good. It’s not as simple as eating some pineapple or drinking a glass of juice before oral sex, though it can help. The acidic fruit balances the pH level of your vaginal secretions, which in turn makes them sweeter. The phytoestrogen phloridzin found in pineapple also helps stimulate the vagina and increase semen flow. Other foods that can make your vulva more appealing include cranberries, apples, and bananas.

But even if you follow these rules and eat well, your vulva will likely still smell and taste slightly off compared to someone else’s because everyone has a unique physiology. You could also be experiencing a change in your menstrual cycle, pregnancy, or other health-related issues, or you may just be using different soap or laundry detergent.

If you’re worried about how your vulva tastes or smells, it’s important to know that there’s no correct or normal way that a vagina should taste or smell, says double-board-certified gynecologist Monica Grover of VSPOT medi spa. It’s normal for your vulva to be earthy and musky, with hints of sweat and body odor. But it’s important to stay hydrated and practice proper hygiene, as both of these factors can lead to an uncomfortable odor or a bad taste in your mouth.

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Mint

There’s a good chance that your vulva will never taste like roses or fresh cupcakes, but that’s okay. All vulvas are different and they vary naturally in taste and smell, depending on the presence of billions of lactobacilli bacteria. They can taste a bit sweet, sour, or metallic, and they’re naturally acidic.

Your vulva also smells differently, depending on the time of the month and whether you have an infection, such as bacterial vaginosis or trichomoniasis. Infections can change your vagina’s pH and make it smell like rotten fish or matzah.

A few things can help you get the best possible tasting and smelling pussy, including eating more pineapples, citrus fruits, mint, and other vegetables. You can also try to avoid certain foods and medications, such as asparagus, garlic, and cruciferous veggies, and heavy amounts of alcohol or cigarettes, because they can change your vaginal odor.

In addition to taking care of your diet and hygiene, try to air out your vulva as often as you can. Wearing cotton underwear, sleeping commando, and avoiding tight-fitting thongs are all great ways to do this. Your vulva will appreciate it!

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Water

There aren’t a lot of scientific studies on how your vulva smells or tastes, but we do know that the more hydrated you are, the better it will taste and feel. Water also helps to flush out bacteria and excess sebum that can cause odor. If your vulva is suddenly smelling or tasting funny, it may be because of an infection like bacterial vaginosis, or a sexually transmitted disease like chlamydia or trichomoniasis. In addition, a change in soap or medication, the foods you’re eating, where you are in your menstrual cycle (for example, iron in your blood can make it taste metallic) or even pregnancy could be to blame.

There is no correct or ideal healthy vaginal taste or odor, because every vulva is different and unique. However, if your vulva smells or tastes bad, there is probably an infection that needs to be treated right away. Keeping your diet healthy, avoiding douching, and staying hydrated are great ways to maintain good vaginal health. However, if you have tried these tips and still aren’t satisfied, it’s a good idea to see a doctor for diagnosis and treatment. Then you can get back to the business of having a sexy vagina! And don’t forget to use a condom. It doesn’t just help prevent STIs, but it can also protect you from certain HPV infections and other illnesses.

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Fruits and Vegetables

You might be surprised to find out that a diet full of healthy fruits and vegetables can actually make your vagina taste good. Kale and other low-oxalate greens are an excellent addition to a woman’s diet, as they improve blood circulation, decrease inflammation, and boost the body’s immune system.

Another way to taste better down there is to cut out certain foods that create a bad smell or flavor, such as red meat (which gives off a salty, sharp flavor), dairy products (except for natural yogurt) that are high in bacterial putrefaction and fried foods. You also want to avoid anything that tastes like rotten fish, spoiled matzah or other unpleasant odors that could indicate an infection, like a yeast or bacterial vaginosis.

Ingber points out that there’s no rule that says your vulva has to taste a particular way, and it really depends on where you are in your menstrual cycle and the presence of cervical mucus, which can give a fruity, metallic or grassy taste. But if your vulva is healthy, it will generally taste neutral, or maybe even slightly sweet.

It’s also important to note that the odor of your vulva is caused by the bacteria in it, and this is impacted by hormonal shifts as well as blood, so eating pineapple will not affect your vaginal odor.