Poll: Tasting Yourself
So a few months ago, one of my coworkers/acquaintances was TTC, so I lent her my copy of Taking Charge of Your Fertility. (By the way, after 6 weeks with the book, we learned that her second child is due in July.) ;) At the time, I mentioned to her that I used FAM as a form of contraception and to get to know my cycle better.
Which is all fine and good and uneventful until a discussion we had a few days ago. She saw the book -- still in my school book bag -- and asked, "You know, when I was reading, it said something about... tasting yourself. Did you actually do that?"
Now, I should point out that I'm not at all concerned by the propriety of her comment. I talk about this sort of thing with relative frequency among coworkers; I'm developing a bit of a reputation as the "vagina lady." And there wasn't any kind of judgment in her comment, more like surprise.
But what I did think about was my own reaction. I'm very used to a vagina world where it's totally okay to taste one's own vaginal/cervical fluid, even if it's not something everyone does as part of her regular afternoon entertainment. It was always a very reliable indicator of whether my cervical fluid was fertile or infertile, and it was a good way to tell if something was "off" in terms of dehydration or possible yeasties. That, and I've certainly put my tongue in contact with other women's vaginal fluids; why shouldn't I do the same for my own?
The idea that it's something unconscionable, alien, or strange is, well, strange to me.
So I have to ask -- and please answer regardless of what that answer is; I'd like to get a full range of opinions -- how do you react to the idea of tasting one's own vagina juices?
Have you ever tasted your own vaginal fluids?
What about other people's? (Think oral sex.) ;)
Had you heard about the idea before reading this post?
Whether you've tasted your own fluids or not, how do you feel about the idea?
If you'd like to add anything in the comments -- or yell at me for making you check way too many tickie boxes -- feel free to do so! :)