Semen Taste – A Woman’s Perspective
What does semen taste like? As a women – one thing I can say for certain is this – there are many variations of what a man’s cum can taste like. The words salty, bitter, bleach, chlorine, and copper are often used to describe the taste of semen. Most men would prefer to see more favorable descriptions for their own semen, as this can definitely influence how often you receive oral sex from your partner.
Many women are happy to have lovers ejaculate in their mouths and swallow the semen. I count myself among those women. Others can’t stand the idea. Many more women fall somewhere in the middle of these two groups – and do it simply to please their partner.
If you are a woman who absolutely cannot deal with the taste of semen, consider having your guy wear a condom during fellatio. That way he can cum inside your mouth – but not actually into it.
Another thing to consider is trying to improve the taste of your partner’s semen to make his ejaculate taste more palatable. As for improving semen’s taste, my extensive search of the medical literature and the Internet show no studies–but no shortage of opinions.
Some Urologists generally say men can’t modify the taste of semen. “In healthy men,” says Lawrence Ross, M.D., of the University of Illinois, “the composition of seminal fluid is constant because it includes a precise mixture of components necessary to support sperm.” If its composition is constant, its taste must be, too.
However, many women insist that diet has major impact on the taste of semen. Former porn actress, Annie Sprinkle, who tasted hundreds of men’s semen, says vegetarians taste best, that eating fruit and drinking fruit juices a few hours before sex improves the taste, and that smoking, alcohol, meats, and asparagus make semen taste less favorable.
Internet discussions agree. Fruit juices are often recommended to sweeten semen, notably, apple and pineapple. Meanwhile, foods reported to foul the taste include Sprinkle’s list and others: meats, dairy, deep fried foods, coffee, alcohol, and asparagus (which makes sense because of its well-known ability to alter the aroma of urine), plus one nonfood item, cigarettes.
What is semen actually made of? Is semen the same as sperm?
Some people often interchange the words semen and sperm to mean the same thing. However, sperm is only a small component of semen – making up 2% or less of the actual ingredients in semen.
What semen is made of:
- 96% of semen is made up of water
- Sperm, which account for about 2 percent of ejaculate volume
- Fructose, fruit sugar, which nourishes sperm
- Vitamin C, which helps keep sperm healthy
- Sodium bicarbonate, an alkaline compound that protect sperm from the slightly acid environment of the vagina
- Various proteins and enzymes
- Several minerals: magnesium, phosphorus, potassium–and zinc, which gives semen its odd, metallic taste
While there’s no authoritative research on this subject, the foods that sweeten semen–fruits and vegetables–are good for health, while most of those that spoil it are risk factors for heart disease and cancer. So sweetening semen improves men’s health.
If a man would rather not change his diet, or if diet changes don’t provide sufficient taste enhancement, any foulness can be masked. While providing fellatio, women might suck on peppermint or wintergreen lifesavers.
As for fear of swallowing, semen is 96 percent water and there’s nothing harmful in it. It’s also non-fattening, around 20 calories per ejaculate.
To make swallowing easier, women might use lifesavers or keep a strong-flavored drink and a straw handy: wine, liqueur, grape juice, chocolate milk, or ice tea. After the man ejaculates, take a sip.