Kim Kardashian is once again concerned about our vaginas and frankly, we’re honoured.
The businesswoman and social media mogul posted a pic on Instagram a few days ago holding a can of Dole and telling us to “Google the benefits of pineapple juice” in the caption. And no, Kimmy isn’t telling us to drink this tropical bevvie purely for the refreshing taste and Vitamin C benefits—she wants our platinum vagines to taste better.
It all started on an old episode of Kourtney and Kim Take Miami when Khloe told Kourtney and Kim that pineapple juice makes your nether regions taste sweeter, so the three sisters put it to the test on national television and had a “vaginal smell-off” after chugging pineapple juice (hey—this made for riveting TV in 2013, mkay?). Kim was the unofficial winner because her vagina smelled like a “flower pussy” according to Khloe. So, clearly Kim was convinced about the juice’s punani-changing powers because she posted a tweet about it that same year:
How good is pineapple juice? All those amazing benefits! #KKTM
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) March 18, 2013
We get it, Kim. You loooove pineapple juice.
But as much as her claim seems a little far-fetched, it turns out she might be speaking some truth after all.
“Certain fruits—pineapples, oranges—not only have an effect on the taste [of your vagina] but also, it can impact the smell,” says Dr. Kecia Gaither, a double-board certified OB/GYN and maternal fetal medicine specialist at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln in New York.
The same goes for garlic, asparagus and other strong-smelling foods, which can negatively affect down there, according to Dr. Gaither. But at the end of the day, she recommends letting your lady bits do their thing—and that means avoiding personal care products such as a douche, as well.
“When you use a lot of douches and things to effect the smell, it can in fact eradicate a lot of the beneficial bacteria that is in the vagina,” she says.
There are no scientific studies behind the claim
Turns out, there has been no scientific research to prove whether or not pineapple juice *actually* makes your va-jay-jay taste like a tropical popsicle (sorry, ladies!).
A writer from Self did take the matter into her own hands in 2016 with a “vagina taste experiment” where she ate five different foods–one of them being pineapple—to see if her boyfriend noticed a difference during cunnilingus. The end result? She tasted the same after eating pineapple.
Also, isn’t it all so subjective anyway?
“Taste and smell are extremely personal and individual,” says Dr. Serena H. Chen, MD, a reproductive specialist at the Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Science at Saint Barnabas in New Jersey. “What some people think is awesome and amazing, some people may find totally repulsive.”
Women are socialized to feel ashamed of their vaginas
Above all, remember that vaginas are supposed to smell like… vaginas. That’s a fact that can get lost when you’re bombarded with pH-balancing products and scented wipes to mask your natural smell, which is *so* unnecessary.
“People should be aware that putting things in your vagina like perfumes and chemicals is bad for your vagina because if you’re healthy, your vagina should be self-cleaning,” says Dr. Chen. (That said, an obviously funky smell, redness or itchiness could be the sign of a health issue; if you’re noticing one or all of those symptoms, book an appointment with your gyno.)
Lesson of the day: pineapple juice is great and all—and we love a good piña colada as much as the next girl—but our coochies are thriving without it. So, thanks but no thanks, Kim.