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?
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Have you ever tasted your own vaginal fluids?
|Yep, I do it pretty regularly or frequently.|
|I've been known to do it on occasion.|
|I've tried it once or twice, but I don't make a habit of it.|
|Never tried it.|
What about other people's? (Think oral sex.) ;)
|Both mine and someone else's. Or multiple someones.|
|You know, now that you mention it, I've tasted other vulva but not my own.|
|Yes to mine, no to others'.|
|Neither mine nor anyone else's.|
Had you heard about the idea before reading this post?
|I'd seen it mentioned a couple of times.|
|I'd seen it mentioned regularly, regardless of whether I've actually done it.|
Whether you've tasted your own fluids or not, how do you feel about the idea?
|It seems pretty normal and reasonable to me.|
|I'd never really thought about it before, and now I'm kind of curious.|
|I'm still not so sure why anyone would want to do this or what the benefits might be.|
|It kind of squicks me out, and/or I don't think it's for me.|
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! :)