Nipples aren’t talked about enough. Sure, we discuss other body parts but nipples don’t get the attention they deserve. But that’s about to change. Here are 9 things to know about your nipples.
Your nipples are never 100% symmetrical. Unless there is a sudden dramatic change in the size of your nipples, everything is normal.
Standard nipples stick out a few millimeters from the areola and come out more when aroused. Flat nipples protrude only from temperature changes or when stimulated. Puffy nipples have a raised areola, and the last type is inverted nipples, which are turned inward. FYI – inverted nipples can be fixed with surgery!
We are not talking the entire colour of the rainbow but during pregnancy or even when using some forms of birth control, nipples can become darker.
4. Erect nipples don’t always mean a woman is sexually aroused.
Actually, it can just mean she’s cold or her clothing brushed across them in a way that made her nipples stand up and take notice.
5. Hairy nipples are totally normal.
Even if you’re not a man, growing hair around your nipples, in the areola region, is actually more common than not. If you don’t like it, you can always wax it away, but having hair there isn’t some trademark of having a “wrong” nipple.
6. Nipple sensitivity varies.
For some women, having their nipples touched feels amazing, especially during sex. But for others, the sensitivity is too much to bear, that they’d prefer you just put your hands elsewhere.
7. You May Have More Than 2 Nipples
Research suggests that it’s possible to have more than 2 nipples (known as supernumerary nipples) and the occurrence is quite common. It is supposedly more common on the left side and in men.1 They are also usually small and do not develop into regular breasts.
8. Inverted nipples aren’t all that uncommon.
Roughly 10 to 20 percent of nipples are inverted. While inverted nipples are nothing to be ashamed of, if you’re nursing, they can sometimes create a bit of a problem. But bras specifically for inverted nipples can gently draw the nipple outward, making breast-feeding a possibility.
9. There are little bumps around your areola and that’s OK.
And no they’re not pimples or a lump necessarily. They’re called areolar glands and as long as those little bumps come and go and don’t just keep growing and growing, it’s probably nothing to worry about it. If you notice they’re consistently changing and don’t go back to normal though, contact your doctor.