Hairy Nipples and Stuff!

I was asked about removing hair from one’s nipples and found all of this information:

Nipple shape worries

Many women worry if their nipple looks funny or odd or is inverted. Some worry about hair, or those ‘bumps’, or the shape or the size. It’s been amazing to observe how MUCH women indeed angst over these things – mostly in vain…
…because there is enormous variation in nipple and areola size and shape among normal women! For example, areola size and color varies with women. Also, areola color can appear darker when it’s hot because of increased circulation, just like your skin appears redder when the blood vessels dilate near the skin in hot weather.

Bumps on areola

If you worry about those ‘funny bumps’ on the areola, those are supposed to be there; they are called Montgomery glands or areolar skin glands. Their function is partially unknown, but scientists suppose they are there to lubricate the nipple/areola area.

These Montgomery glands can be about unnoticeable, OR stand out as bumps on the areola. They often become more prominent during pregnancy. Also, it appears they are white in some women.

Some women have squeezed them and can get a white substance out, but please do NOT squeeze them because that causes them to become infected.

In one study, it was noted that women with more areolar glands had better or more optimal breastfeeding start after delivery. They also noted that the glands were seen in virtually all women in the study but with great inter-individual variations; their areolar distribution was nonrandom, and about 1/5 of the women had glands giving off a secretion (this is about women who have just given birth).

(Developmental Psychobiology Volume 48, Issue 2, Pages 100 – 110)


Hairs on areola/nipple

Also, many women have some hairs around the nipple (on the areola). This is perfectly normal because there are hair follicles in the areola. There is no need to ‘treat’ the hair, but if you absolutely don’t like them, cut them off with scissors – don’t ‘pluck’ them with force because that can damage the hair follicles.

However, if the hairs are so many that they mimic the male hair pattern on chest or if they keep growing in larger and larger quantities, that may mean that the body has higher levels of androgen (male hormones) than normal. If a woman has excessive hair growing in typical male hair pattern, the symptom is called hirsutism. There are many causes for hirsutism.

One common cause for such hirsutism is polycystic ovary syndrome. However, don’t use the mere existence of hair as a “diagnosis” for that but consider all the other factors and possible symptoms as well.

It is possible to use laser hair removal treatment on areolas.

Puffy nipples

If your nipples are ‘puffy’ and not constantly erect they are called flat nipples. That is perfectly normal too, and very common especially among teens. Typically the nipple can ‘stick out’ or become erect when stimulated by cold, or a clothing, or rubbing. For most women with flat or inverted nipples, they do evert (poke out) during pregnancy as the skin elasticity changes. Even if not, a full-term baby can usually suck out a slightly inverted nipple.


Areola or nipple skin

Someone once wrote to us: “…when i get really cold, or get goosebumps all over my body, the whole things really scrunch up, like, my entire areola scrunches itself up into a wrinkled little mound. it looks really weird and ugly, and i haven’t ever seen other people’s breasts do it. what is wrong with my areola/nipples?”

Well nothing is wrong. This is what my areola does too. It’s a normal reaction to the coldness or to irritation / stimulation. The little muscles in the areola do a similar goosebump thing as your other skin can do.

Also note that skin on areola has less feeling or sensation to it than other areas of your body. If the areola was very sensitive, then breastfeeding would probably be quite uncomfortable because the baby pulls and tugs it! The nipples are sensitive but the sensitivity changes with hormonal changes, such as occur at mestrual cycle or pregnancy. Also this varies with individuals.

The skin on the nipple and areola can also be flaky or scaly, with little scales of skin coming off. This can be just dry skin or eczema (far more likely), OR a symptom of Paget’s disease (rare).


Inverted nipple

An inverted nipple is ‘turned inside’ instead of pointing outside. It appears like a indentation in the middle of the areola.

It is possible to “coach” the inverted nipple out so it becomes an ‘outie’ and everts.

Have you been concerned about the hair on your nipples (perhaps bothersome to hubby’s foreplay habits) or any other features?  Talk to your doctor.  That’s what they’re there for…

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One Response to Hairy Nipples and Stuff!

  1. rirlInhiche says:

    Awesome, I did not know about that up to now. Thanx!

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