If you've ever wondered if you have normal nipples, you're not alone. It's easy to notice and compare the look, shape, and size of your Nipples with others, and find that there is definitely a range of nicks, from nipple bruises to a variety of nipple colors.
Many differences you notice can lead to a break, but do not worry: you may have normal nipples. Continue reading to learn 9 seemingly strange things about nipples that are actually quite normal.
First a word about your nipples.
Before we start talking about "normal nipples," let's clarify what we mean by "nipples." Sometimes people think that the entire pink or brown part of your breasts are your nipples, but they actually are Her nipples are just the middle part of the dark area – yes, where milk comes out when you breastfeed, according to the Cleveland Clinic .The dark skin that surrounds the nipples is called the areola, and she has glands that Seize fluid to facilitate breastfeeding.
Now that you know exactly what we mean by "nipples," here are these "weird" problems that are actually part of normal nipples:
1 Nipples are big or small.
The size of your nipples means nothing, really nothing, there are different sizes and shapes, do not you believe us? Look in this gallery (NSFW ) to see how the nips really look. And if you're worried that your nipple size is in any way related to your health, do not do it. "The size of your nipple, for example, has no bearing on cancer risk." Maggie DiNome, MD, director of the Margie Peterson Breast Center at the John Wayne Cancer Institute at the Providence Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, CA says SELF.
Similarly, Debra Patt, MD, a medical oncologist and breast cancer specialist at Texas Oncology agrees to a practice on the US Oncology Network, "In general, the size variability in the nipple and nipple-areolar complex is none medical condition but only a physiological variability.
2. You think you have the "wrong" nipple color.
Whether your nipples are so pale you can tell from your blue veins (oh hey), or they have a rich shade of brown, you do not need to worry "Nipple color is in no way an indication of health," Patt says to SELF, just as there is variability in the skin with – and within – different ethnicities, "she adds agrees that the color usually does not indicate a chest pathology. "A rash, a crust or an injury to the nipple or areola may be," she says.
The exception here is if her nipples are suddenly red If you now know why they are red, for example, that you ran and rubbed your sports bra, you are fine, otherwise go to the doctor and tell him how your nipple color changes It could be a possible indication of breast cancer – especially Paget's disease of the breast, a rare type of breast cancer that also accompanies dandruff, itching, and yellow or bloody discharge. Kecia Gaither MD, an expert on women's and women's health in New York City, tells SELF. "For larger nipple changes, you should have your doctor check you," she adds.
. 3 Her nipples do not protrude – they stick in.
"Upturned nipples can be innate, but they can also be acquired during life," says DiNome to SELF. And they are not that unusual either. In fact, an estimated 10 to 20 percent of the female population has inverted nipples when the nipples are pressed into the areola rather than over the breast surface, explains Gaither. Turned nipples are absolutely safe and can occur with one or both breasts.
In general, most women with upturned nipples can breastfeed normally, though they may pose some challenges, Patt notes. In some cases, inverted nipples can be surgically altered. If the inversion occurs as an adult, you may need to see a doctor as this may be a sign of breast cancer, adds Patt.
. 4 From her nipples exits an outflow.
"All channels in the breast merge into the nipple, which is why women can breastfeed," says DiNome. For the same reason, women who do not breastfeed may also have a nipple discharge. "Mostly it's physiological, which means it's a result of normal processes," explains DiNome. In up to 20 percent of women of childbearing age, squeezing the breasts can cause bruising. According to the National Institutes of Health it may even happen that your bra or T-shirt rubs against your breasts.
However, Gaither tells SELF: "For all women who are not pregnant or breastfeeding. Nipple discharge can be worrisome … and it's best to see your doctor "if you notice a discharge of any kind. (It can be clear or milky, yellowish, greenish, or brownish.)
If it comes out of both breasts or if you press the nipple together, it's more likely to be something good (also known as non-cancerous) like certain medicines or herbs ( like fennel), an injury, inflammation clogging of the chest or an infection. In some cases, discharge may indicate a thyroid disorder or be a sign of breast cancer. If the discharge is painful, bloody or greenish, contact the doctor as soon as possible, suggests Gaither.
. 5 Your nipples are really sensitive – or not at all.
Nipples can have all sorts of emotions (not the emotional type). While some women feel nipple play as slumber, other women can "achieve orgasm only through nipple stimulation," says Patt to SELF. If you have surgically altered your breasts (#not judge I have a reduction in my future), the effect on the sensitivity of the nipple varies. "In a breast reduction, the nerves that feed the nipples, especially the fourth intercostal nerve, generally stay in place, so the nipple sensation should not go away," says Gaither to SELF. Likewise, a standard augmentation procedure is unlikely to affect the sensation, says Patt, unless you have cosmetically altered or moved the nipples.
If your nipples are so sensitive that they are painful, contact your doctor. This could be an indication of breast cancer or mastitis, an infection of the breast.
. 6 You have hair in the nubs.
Really, it's fine. " Hair around the nipples is generally associated with hormonal changes," says Gaither. "After puberty, pregnancy, menstruation or menopause, birth control pills can also stimulate hair growth there," she says. Do not freak out a few strands.
In certain situations, however, a state known as hirsutism may occur in which an abundance of hair grows because too many male hormones are produced. "This can result from medical diagnoses such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and Cushing's syndrome," Gaither told SELF. While a few hairs are no cause for concern, many should contact your doctor.
. 7 There are small bumps on your nipples (and around them).
These little bumps? These types are the glands of Montgomery. (Yes, they have a name!) Quick Anatomy Lesson: The areola, the hyperpigmented area that surrounds the nipple, has these tubercles, called Montgomery glands, that are normal sebaceous glands surrounding the nipple, says Patt SELF , And although their numbers may vary (I only mention a few and dozens), they are just small, benign bumps on the areola surrounding the nipple. While the jury has not yet clarified its true function (apart from a little sebum secretion), it has been suggested that it should help infants nip the nipple . That's pretty cute, so we're excited.
. 8 You have noticed nipple growth or nipple color change during and after pregnancy.
Each mother can testify to anecdotal large nipples but doctors also notice the growth of the nipples. "The nipple usually darkens during pregnancy and after delivery," says Patt. "And at the beginning – and often – after delivery, the nipples change to prepare for breastfeeding, which can often lead to tears and bleeding," she adds. Likewise, Gaither says to SELF that "the areolae become larger and the glands of Montgomery can become more pronounced."
A 2013 study in The Journal of Human Lactation noted that over the course of At the time of pregnancy the nipples of women became about 20 percent longer and 17 percent wider, while the entire areola widened from half an inch to 1.8 inches. Also common is the discharge, especially the clear, milky, which progresses in opacity during the gestational period.
. 9 You have an extra nipple.
It was not just Chandler Bing : "Third" nipples exist. Another small nipple is absolutely safe and totally immortal. "This is called an extra or extra nipple," says Gaither to SELF. "During the embryonic development phase, the breasts develop along the & # 39; milk lines & # 39 ;, which are precursors of the mammary glands and nipples." While the milk lines generally degenerate with increasing age of the embryo, in some people they produce the extra (one could say bonus) nipple.