Both men and women have nip ples, but it is women’s bre asts and nip ples that have always been a focus of discussion, fashion, sxual attraction and health
The main use of a woman’s nip ples is to bre astfeed infants the milk provided in the female mammary glands during lactation. In men, despite having mammary glands, the nip ples have no bre astfeeding function.
Now, aside from lactating, women’s bre asts have been a focus of fashion, sxual attraction, and health since the beginning of time. However, there are many fascinating stuffs about bre asts and nip ples that many people are not even informed of.
These facts and features will help you see this important body part from a new angle.
Here are 10 surprising things you didn’t know about your nip ples and bre asts.
1. You can have More Than Two Nip pl3s
It is very true that one can have more than two nip ples. In medical terms, it is known as supernumerary nip ples or extra nip ples. They can grow on places other than the bre asts and may even develop bre ast tissue.
Supernumerary nip ples are considered a normal congenital irregularity of the bre asts and can occur in both males and females. An extra nip ple starts to form when the regular nip ple development process is incomplete and the tissue doesn’t fully regress.
Often mistaken for moles, extra nip pl3s are diagnosed in approximately one in 18 people.
2. Nippl3 Hair is Normal
The areas around the nip ples, or the areolas, have hair follicles just like any other skin area. Usually women do not have hair on their chest, unlike many men, but at times some women develop a few long hairs around the nip ples.
Hormonal fluctuations in the body that accompany puberty, pregnancy or menopause can cause a few strands to grow around the nip ples. Certain medications can also cause excessive hair growth.
If you notice more than just a few hair strands popping up, consult a doctor as it may indicate hirsutism, a condition that causes excessive, coarse body hair in women. It can even be linked to polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
3. Everyone Develops Nipp l3s in the Womb
You may wonder why men have nipp les on their chest, since they do not need them for bre astfeeding. It is mainly because, despite whether you’re male or female, all embryos begin developing identically in the womb.
In fact, for the first several weeks, a developing embryo follows a “female blueprint,” from reproductive organs to nipp les. After 60 days of embryonic development, the hormone testosterone kicks in, resulting in changes in the genetic activity of cells in the genitals and the brain. This is when embryos change into male and female genders.
4. Only Humans have Permanent Br3 asts
Whether you want to believe or not, humans or Homo sapiens are the only primates with permanently enlarged bre asts. No other species or primates share this trait.
In the rest of the primates, plump br easts last only during the bre astfeeding phase.
The main reason behind permanent larger brea sts in human females is not related to pregnancy or lactation. In fact, it denotes a woman’s ability to store fat and her fertility. Bre asts become plump only after a female reaches puberty.
Remember, a woman’s bre asts are only filled with milk after delivering a baby, and rest of the time they are mostly made up of fat.
5. Nipp l3s Leak Fluid
Women may have leakage of fluid from the nipp les, even when they are not pregnant or bre astfeeding. This nipple discharge is common in women and nothing to worry about.
The discharge can be clear, cloudy, or whitish and its consistency can vary from thick and sticky to thin and watery. The discharge mostly occurs when the nipp les are compressed or squeezed.
Apart from pregnancy and bre astfeeding, other common causes of nipple discharge are stopping bre astfeeding and when nipp les are repeatedly chafed by your bra or during vigorous physical exercise, such as jogging.
6. Nipp l3s are Not Mirror Images
No two nipp les or bre asts are alike, even when they are on the same chest. In fact, the two nipp les on your body will not be mirror images of each other and this is normal.
Whether it is noticeable or not, often the left brea st is slightly bigger than the right bre ast. In medical terms, this slight variation in shape is known as asymmetry.
Asymmetry of the bre asts may be more pronounced when the brea sts are developing, but it usually improves by full maturity.
7. Plastic Surgery Reduces Nipple Sensation
Women considering bre ast augmentation or reduction to change their bre ast size should be aware that the surgical procedures can lead to a loss of sensation in the nip ples.
Bre ast enlargements can lead to decreased sensation in a small majority of cases. Bre ast uplifts and bre ast reductions are also likely to cause alterations in nipple sensitivity.
Before opting for any surgery on your bre asts, always bear in mind that it can affect the sensation in your nip ples. Also, for such surgeries, always choose an expert in this field.
8. Bre asts Change All Through the Month
Your bre asts change in size all the time during the menstrual cycle. For some, these changes are so pronounced that you may have to wear a bra as much as a cup-size larger at certain points in the monthly cycle.
The changes in size are mainly due to fluctuations in hormone levels during your menstrual cycle. Along with changes in size, you may even experience mild swelling, pain and tenderness of the bre asts just before your periods start each month. These symptoms may also occur during ovulation.
9. Some Nip ples Point Inward
In some women and men, nip ples may point inward instead of outward. This is known as “inverted nip ples”. It is normal and not a matter of concern.
About 10 to 20 percent of women are born with this condition, which is caused by short ducts or a wide areola muscle sphincter. Other common causes of nipple inversion include bre astfeeding, some kind of trauma, sagging due to age, bre ast infections or inflammation, and even pregnancy.
If you have inverted nip ples, it’s important to keep them clean to avoid getting an infection in the folds of the skin around the nip ples.
10. Ere ct Nip ples Do Not Always Signal Sxual Arousal
It’s true that sxual arousal and even org asm brought on by nipple stimulation can lead to ere ct nip ples. In fact, nipple and genital stimulation are processed the same way in a woman’s brain. This is why some women get turned on and reach orga sm through nip ple stimulation.
This does not mean that a woman is sxually aroused every time she has ere ct nip ples.
Nipple ere ction also occurs due to the contraction of smooth muscles under the control of the autonomic nervous system, which also causes goose bumps.
Sudden changes in temperature, some kind of shock, bre astfeeding, and clothing rubbing against the nip ples can also cause them to become ere ct.