6 Things About Your Nipples That May Scare But Are Normal
Our nipples spend most of their lives covered by at least two layers of cloth, so it is no wonder that talking about them still causes some embarrassment.
But like the nose, the eyes, and the mouth, the nipples are parts of the body, and both men and women possess them, even if they are different.
Because they do not tell you much about them, it is common for some women to wonder if their nipples are normal. Some think they are too big, others worry if they are the “right color” and so on.
The answer is that, yes, most likely your nipples are normal since there is no nipple equal to the other. This holds true for yourself: your right nipple will be different from your left nipple, just like the rest of your body.
Important: The features described below are absolutely normal. However, if you notice that your nipples are different from one hour to the next, be it size, color, shape, or any other aspect, you should see a doctor.
That’s because some abrupt changes may be indicative of pregnancy, hormonal imbalances or even breast cancer, so it’s worth paying attention.
1. Hair around the nipple
It may not be the most desired thing in the world for some women, but having a few hairs around the nipples does not mean a health problem. This happens because we are mammals, and one of the characteristics of this class of vertebrates is precisely the presence of hairs.
This is a characteristic that varies from woman to woman, according to genetic and hormonal factors. In addition, the use of some contraceptives may decrease or increase bleeding in this region, depending on the composition of the drug.
If you feel uncomfortable with these hairs, the best way to remove them is with the tweezers, but it is also possible to do a laser treatment for the final removal. Wax and blade, in turn, are not recommended.
2. Nipples large or small
Nipples are democratic and can exist in various sizes, whether large or small. This is just an aesthetic feature, and it does not influence the ability to breastfeed.
Women who feel insecure about the size of their nipples may resort to plastic surgery to modify them if that is their will.
3. There is no “right” color
As with size, the coloring of the nipples may also vary from person to person, whether they are light or dark.
In general, the areola and nipples are darker than the skin of the breast, and the good news is that all colors are normal – unless your nipples are red from irritation, of course.
4. Nipples “in”
Most women have nipples “out”, that is, protruding. However, about 10% to 20% of the female population has flat or inward nipples (inverted nipples).
Although rarer, flat and inverted nipples are not a problem (unless they show up suddenly, in that case, see a doctor right away). They are just different, as a result of the tissue that connects the nipple to the breast being a little shorter than usual. Still, it is possible that one nipple is inverted and another not.
Inverted nipples are fully functional, which means they can become more protruding when stimulated and are fully capable of breastfeeding – extra help may be needed in the beginning, however.
5. It is normal to have small “carobs” around the nipple
Some women have small scarlets around the nipples, called areolares glands – and although they may remember pimples they have nothing to do with them, so do not try to squeeze them!
These glands have the function of producing an oily secretion that lubricates the areola and the nipple when they are stimulated. In addition, some researchers believe that they also serve as a guide for the baby to find the nipple more easily during breastfeeding.
6. Liquids coming out of the nipple even without being pregnant or breastfeeding
The nipples are naturally secreting organs, so it is natural that there is some secretion coming out of them. Even this happens to all women as a kind of self-cleaning of the breast ducts, although it is not always perceived.
This phenomenon is more common in women who have already become pregnant or already breastfeed since the ducts dilate physiologically in these periods.
The most disturbing type of secretion is a clear liquid or mixed with blood, coming out of a single duct, as it can be a sign of cancer. Yellow, greenish or brown secretions are not related to this disease, while milky discharge may be related to an excess of the hormone prolactin.
In all cases, the tip is to look for a mastologist to clear the question and make a treatment if necessary.
In short, if your nipples have always been the size they are now, they have always had that amount of hair, always been in or out etc., so it is very likely that everything is fine.
However, if they suddenly become different, this may be a sign of some health problem and you should rather seek the expert.