Is It Safe To Swallow Semen?

Are there benefits to swallowing?

Are there benefits to swallowing?

Are there benefits to swallowing?

To spit or to swallow? Whenever you’re giving someone a blowjob, there *comes* a moment (pun-intended) when your partner’s about to climax, and you have to make one of life’s toughest decisions…what to do with it. A lot of people feel unnecessary pressure around this decision because in today’s society there are these oddly assigned sexual connotations to whether you spit or swallow someone’s semen after a blowjob. If you swallow there is this idea that you have more sexual prowess, while if you spit you might be on the “prude” side of bedroom activities. There is this sense of  pride among those who proclaim that they swallow, but the truth is, unless you and your partner are specifically turned on by the act of swallowing semen, whether you spit or swallow isn’t going to alter the overall blowjob experience. Just want to put it out there that spitters are not quitters and if you actually want to hone in on your oral skills please do check out this article our Quanna expert team advised on. However, for those who do feel comfortable with the idea of a no muss, no fuss finale to an impassioned oral performance, stick around and let’s gain a better understanding of the benefits of swallowing.  

Firstly, What is Semen?

You want to know what exactly you're swallowing in the first place, right? Well, many people may be put off by the idea of the imagined squirming little tadpoles we see under a microscope. In reality though, those sperm only make up around 1-5% of all semen you will encounter. The rest is made up of seminal plasma, which is around 80% water.

Is It Safe To Swallow Semen?

Semen should be entirely safe to ingest, the only real danger comes from people being allergic to semen, which although rare can happen. You should also be sure that your partner is carrying no STDs, as if you aren’t using a condom, oral sex can put you in danger of contracting some sexually transmitted disease. Otherwise, though, there are no real dangers in swallowing semen

What Does Sperm Taste Like?

Unfortunately, there is no universal taste for sperm, as it depends both on your partner and on your own taste buds. Most have reported the taste of sperm being either bitter and salty or sickly sweet. 

The overall taste can be affected by eating certain foods, so if you’re struggling to swallow, you can ask your partner to try some of the following to make it taste better:

  • Cinnamon
  • Celery
  • Parsley
  • Wheatgrass
  • Papaya
  • Pineapple
  • Orange
  • Nutmeg

At the same time, there are things that can make sperm taste more bitter. These include:

  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Cabbage
  • Meat and Dairy Products
  • Broccoli
  • Alcohol
  • Cigarettes
  • Coffee

What Does Semen Smell Like?

The most frequent and standard odor of semen is reported to be chlorine or bleach-like. Sperm has ammonia and other alkaloids that may smell like some cleaning goods, which is not the most agreeable smell, but it’s not the worst odor either. Semen is roughly 1% semen and 99% additional chemicals, proteins, enzymes, and minerals. A number of these substances are alkaline. This usually means they’re over a seven on the pH scale, which can be measured from 0 (highly acidic) to 14 (highly soluble) so that it can survive the acidic conditions of the vagina. If ejaculate is smelling a bit funky though like a fishy or rotten eggs smell, this could be a sign of a compromised diet, hygiene, or health. Foul smelling semen is definitely an indicator to see a physician. 

Finally, what are the health benefits to swallowing?

It may boost the mood. While sexual activity already gives us a flood of oxytocin from the intimate human connection, semen itself may have additional mood-enhancing benefits when consumed orally. Cortisol, estrone, oxytocin, prolactin, thyrotropin-releasing hormone, and serotonin are all present in semen, which could contribute to an extra euphoric post-coital feeling. Think a burst of energy and closeness, plus less anxiety.


Helps reduce risk in pregnant women. Because this doesn’t quite apply unless you’re currently with child, pregnant women, listen up: swallowing semen has been correlated with a lower risk of preeclampsia—a complication during pregnancy that could result in serious problems or even fatalities for either or both the mother and child. This study makes sure to iterate that it’s oral exposure to certain peptides in semen that helps to trigger tolerance to the offending foreign antigens (i.e., those that come from a fetus).


Better sleep. While we may not be the ones getting off when performing oral (depending if you do get turned on being a giver), we can still get some of those post-sex relaxation benefits after all, as long as we take care of cleanup in the final act—straight down the hatch. Semen contains melatonin, which can help us feel sleepy and lull off to dreamland. 

Prompt: Where do you prefer your partner to finish?

Back to blog

Leave a comment

Please note, comments need to be approved before they are published.