12:32 am - 02/07/2008

Poll: Tasting Yourself

First, thanks to everyone who saw me through my multiple fails at poll posting. This is round three. For better or for worse, it's the last.

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?

Yep, I do it pretty regularly or frequently.
95(26.4%)
I've been known to do it on occasion.
110(30.6%)
I've tried it once or twice, but I don't make a habit of it.
97(26.9%)
Never tried it.
55(15.3%)

What about other people's? (Think oral sex.) ;)

Both mine and someone else's. Or multiple someones.
102(28.6%)
You know, now that you mention it, I've tasted other vulva but not my own.
14(3.9%)
Yes to mine, no to others'.
179(50.1%)
Neither mine nor anyone else's.
59(16.5%)

Had you heard about the idea before reading this post?

No.
63(17.7%)
I'd seen it mentioned a couple of times.
161(45.2%)
I'd seen it mentioned regularly, regardless of whether I've actually done it.
128(36.0%)

Whether you've tasted your own fluids or not, how do you feel about the idea?

It seems pretty normal and reasonable to me.
257(71.2%)
I'd never really thought about it before, and now I'm kind of curious.
27(7.5%)
I'm still not so sure why anyone would want to do this or what the benefits might be.
19(5.3%)
It kind of squicks me out, and/or I don't think it's for me.
47(13.0%)


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! :)
jenninhtown 7th-Feb-2008 07:36 am (UTC)
I taste mine pretty regularly, but mainly because my mate has facial hair and kisses me after oral quite a bit. I've also licked my fingers while/after touching myself during sex quite a bit too. As far as tasting to see if anything was off, I don't think so. My mate says my flavor can vary, so I'm not sure what I'd be looking for. Generally if I get an infection, I'll know it simply from the itch or discharge :)

Been down on only one woman and thought she tasted remarkably like me!
redxmagnum 7th-Feb-2008 07:39 am (UTC)
Tasting is, hands down, the easiest way for me to tell how close to my period I am!
hoodwink 7th-Feb-2008 02:31 pm (UTC)
I agree. Sometimes I seem more...metallic?
imnotyourstarx 7th-Feb-2008 07:10 pm (UTC)
mhhm. my boyfriend can pretty accurately guess how many days i am from my period just by taste. he says it is a bit metallic. :)
hoodwink 7th-Feb-2008 07:45 pm (UTC)
Im on HBC and I know when it's coming usually but if it's a tad late I can tell if it's finally coming:) My boyfriend has never commented on my taste ever though, I should ask him...
imnotyourstarx 7th-Feb-2008 08:29 pm (UTC)
im on ortha evra. its sort of like a game for us, i guess.
frolicnaked 7th-Feb-2008 07:42 am (UTC)
Hrm. When I thought of this initially, I was thinking in terms of purposeful tasting of one's own vaginal fluids.

Totally up to you what you do with that bit of information and how you answer, but that was my mindset as I was writing.
dearanxiety 7th-Feb-2008 07:45 am (UTC)
hey there - just wanted to give you a heads up that polls aren't allowed on vp without approval first from the mods. just wanted to let you know so your post doesn't disappear totally unexpectedly. feel free to completely ignore me if you already got approval!!!

here's that part of the rules
skeas 7th-Feb-2008 07:47 am (UTC)
Frolicnaked is a mod!
dearanxiety 7th-Feb-2008 07:50 am (UTC)
haha you are totally right and i didn't even look to see *who* had posted! just didn't want someone unsuspecting to get deleted cause i know that makes people sad.

silly me!
skeas 7th-Feb-2008 08:04 am (UTC)
Hehehe! I was totally behind your comment until I happened to catch a glimpse of her username, so don't worry :)
frolicnaked 7th-Feb-2008 02:37 pm (UTC)
Plus, I actually also ran it by the rest of the maintainer team first, just to make sure. ;)
frolicnaked 7th-Feb-2008 02:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the heads up. ;)

(Seriously. As a general thing, it really does make our job as maintainers easier when there are members who are aware of the rules and can remind/inform other people about them. We're not on LJ 24/7 -- though there are times I've come close! -- and member reminders do a lot to keep the community running smoothly.)
skeas 7th-Feb-2008 07:47 am (UTC)
I love the taste of my vagina. I'm on the pill and have never tasted myself for fertility purposes, but I frequently just dip a finger down there and check myself out. I can taste if I'm getting an infection, and (maybe I'm imagining this) how hydrated I am. And I can test out the effect of fruits and veggies (I tasted wonderful after I went on a pomegranite spree earlier this year!).
frolicnaked 7th-Feb-2008 02:50 pm (UTC)
I agree with you on the hydration thing, I think. The one thing I've never been able to taste, though, is a difference in reaction to different foods -- the exception being after drinking large amounts of coffee and/or alcohol, which again, I think is more a hydration issue than exactly a food issue.
gemfyre 7th-Feb-2008 07:51 am (UTC)
When you think about it, most animals tell each other's sexual receptivity by intense smelling and tasting of urine and faeces - which I assume would contain sexual fluids and their relevant pheromones as well, so why shouldn't humans do the same?
beloveddoll 7th-Feb-2008 07:53 am (UTC)
I didn't think of doing it to taste where I was in my cycle...but, I have tasted it to be kinky! :) So...hmm...now I am all curious! I will have to experiment with this, along with the whole ditching the HBC in the next month or so. Sounds like fun!

slightly_frayed 7th-Feb-2008 07:53 am (UTC)
Tasted both. I'm gay and there's definitely a difference in tastes between women. I've found that vegetarians taste more mild, while people who eat meat-heavy diets or more unhealthy diets have a stronger taste. Either way, if my head is between someone's legs, unless something is horribly wrong down there, I'm sure as hell not complaining. =)
hexvenus 7th-Feb-2008 08:14 am (UTC)
I've never intentionally tasted myself.
I've kissed my husband after he's gone down on me but that's all.

I personally find the idea of tasting my own fluids really awful and just the thinking about it makes me pale. But then, I do not have a good relationship with my vag.
ends_and_means 7th-Feb-2008 08:26 am (UTC)
i've only really tasted myself on my boyfriend's mouth, after my he's gone down on me. but it's fairly regular. ;)
gannet_guts 7th-Feb-2008 10:30 am (UTC)
I've tasted myself before out of curiousity, and the idea has always sounded perfectly normal to me.
unripe 7th-Feb-2008 11:04 am (UTC)
I'm fine with the idea.
However (tangent ahoy) I remember reading The Female Eunuch when I was about 15, and Germaine was going on about tasting your menstrual blood and I was a bit weirded out then. Now I find the idea perfectly unsurprising but I still haven't felt the need to try it. But I did just get a Mooncup, and now, being able to see my blood (cool rich colours) gives me some idea why some women decide to do paintings (being that I presume there are aesthetic and theoretical feminist reasons.) Anyway, vagina taste and scent is interesting and cool. Being friends with your fluids is the in thing.
falnfenix 7th-Feb-2008 01:02 pm (UTC)
i'm bisexual, so the idea of tasting vaginal fluids is somewhat normal to me.

i don't make a regular habit of tasting my own, but i definitely do so on occasion.
dazed_mint 7th-Feb-2008 01:33 pm (UTC)
I started tasting myself on a regular basis when I read something (I don't recall where) that said often a woman's lover will realize there's a problem down there before she does, because she/he is tasting her on a regular basis. I don't know if it's actually true, but I've tasted myself on a fairly regular basis ever since.
queensugar 7th-Feb-2008 01:40 pm (UTC)
I generally don't do it on a regular basis (not out of discomfort with the idea, it just doesn't occur to me), but whenever I have a little irrational inkling that I might be getting an infection, I generally take a taste just to make sure that it's all hunky-dory down there after all. :) Since my partner and I also enjoy him ejaculating in my mouth immediately after intercourse, I generally get a good taste there as well.
areawoman 7th-Feb-2008 01:43 pm (UTC)
I dislike the way I taste. The only time I've tasted myself is through kissing after oral sex, and I don't like it.
archangelbeth 7th-Feb-2008 01:44 pm (UTC)
A note that just 'cause it squicks me doesn't mean I think it's icky if anyone else does it. Just... not my kink, so to speak.

And what "secondhand" exposure I've had... Meh, don' really like it. *shrug*

Totally cool if other people like theirs, mind. O:>
katherinejane 7th-Feb-2008 05:03 pm (UTC)
I *smell* myself -- my fingers, my panties, the TP. I suppose it might not be as informative, but it's similar.

Cool post, I'd never thought about this before.
asunlitrose 7th-Feb-2008 05:56 pm (UTC)
I use my vaginal fluids to masturbate (and sometimes saliva as well) so it's pretty common for me to taste myself all the time. When I ovulate I taste extremely sweet. I don't know if that's normal or not... :shrug:
frolicnaked 8th-Feb-2008 04:47 am (UTC)
I think it's pretty normal. I know my fertile quality cervical fluid was always sweet, and I think I've read something of that sort in TCOYF or on Sister Zeus or somewhere -- but I could be totally wrong on that.
h2ok 7th-Feb-2008 08:17 pm (UTC)
When I'm jilling off I'll spit on my fingers or vibe for lubrication and I'll end up tasting myself that way.
toldmelies 7th-Feb-2008 10:23 pm (UTC)
weird. i thought i was the only one. i was going to make a post about it earlier but then decided otherwise!
misslynn 8th-Feb-2008 12:23 am (UTC)
i'd like to addend that i am totally willing to taste another woman, i just have not yet had the opportunity :)
banjololo 8th-Feb-2008 09:12 am (UTC)
hehe ditto for me
dayglow 8th-Feb-2008 03:11 am (UTC)
I've tasted myself. It's usually through kissing my boy after he's done going down on me. I usually taste kind of tangy (like citrusy, he says I taste like limes and I think so too) so it's quite agreeable to me. :P
marysia 8th-Feb-2008 06:26 am (UTC)
I really like the smell of girl fluids, so I've tasted myself a few times out of curiosity. Doesn't taste bad, but I think I prefer the smell to the taste. I haven't gone down on my girlfriend yet but I want to, so the idea of tasting another woman's fluids is perfectly okay with me as well. :)
smplyscandalous 9th-Feb-2008 01:47 am (UTC)
I taste myself all the time, and the more I do the more I like the taste. Also I like the fact that when I switch one brand of birth control pills to another my taste changes. Ortho Trycyclin gave me a funny taste but Nuvaring makes me...delicious!
simasue 13th-Feb-2008 02:38 am (UTC)
I've only ever tasted myself after my boyfriend has gone down on me and then kissed me after. But honestly I find the way I taste to be a huge turn on for some reason...
fikshnaddiction 1st-Sep-2011 04:03 am (UTC)
Well, I've only ever tasted myself. I do it almost every time I masturbate. I read about it in a story once, and at first the idea seemed foreign to me but I tried it, and the more I do it, the more I love it!
But I've never been sexually active with someone else before so I've never tasted another female's fluids. Although I'm sort of hoping to.
I think I taste pretty good, but I've never done it to see how close I am to my period or to check for dehydration/infections. I keep myself pretty clean down there anyway.

x
black_twisted 27th-Oct-2011 11:35 pm (UTC)
I started thinking about it when my friend told me he accidentally came in his mouth a little.

After wondering how in the hell he did that, I decided to taste myself, I usually do it after masturbating and I've noticed changes in the *cough* Flavor as well. I haven't really used it to predict my period ever and it usually tastes different depending on how I'm feeling. Like if I'm generally happy vs. generally stressed or down it will taste different. Sometimes I notice slight differences for hydration or infection as well.

Haven't "gone down" on a girl, although I wouldn't mind to. Actually if i dated a girl I'd feel obligated ^-^
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