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« Let me start by saying I'm 20 years old and perfectly healthy and in a committed monogamous relationship.
That being said, I notice that my body (since the beginning of teenage puberty) has a fairly pungent smell…down there. Or at least it's pungent to me. It's not unpleasant, just smells like woman. I'm always afraid that my boyfriend doesn't like my aroma or my taste. He says it's fine, but what tips do you have to help make these two more pleasant? I've heard of eating chocolate and pineapple, is this true? »
A Self-Conscious Lover
P.S. Any tips for his taste to be more pleasant? Often times its a little bitter. (I don't mind but nonetheless it would be nice.)
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First things first, your vagina probably smells and tastes exactly like a vagina.
Which is not a problem, despite whatever you've been led to believe from feminine wash advertisements, the media, and maybe even shitty partners. Vaginas aren't supposed to smell like a bouquet of flowers, just like penises aren't supposed to smell like a summer night after it rains. It's the card we've been dealt, friends.
It's great that your partner isn't buying into all that crap and is totally here for Eau de You. But it sounds like you're self conscious about it anyway, which happens. So first and foremost, know that there probably isn't anything wrong with how you smell or taste. While we haven't met your vagina personally, we're sure she's a gem.
But OK FINE we’re curious, too. Given that everyone smells and tastes a bit different, is there anything you can (safely) do to make yourself more…appetizing?