9 Things About Your Nipples You Must Know NOW!

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Every boob is different, so is every nipple. Did you know that 'nipple-gasm' is a thing? Read on to know amazing facts like this and much more about your nipples

Have you ever looked at your nipples closely and wondered if they’re normal? Rest assured you know that they come in all different shapes and sizes, they can bring you incredible pleasure, feed your baby, and even tip you off about some serious health problems.

They’re amazing!

But there are many things you probably still do not know about your nipples. Here’s a list to help you with that.

#1 Nipples can increase by a few inches

Women’s nipples and areolas (coloured skin around nipples) can easily expand till 6mm, and it is perfectly normal. However, if you gain weight, are sexually aroused or get pregnant, they may expand even further. This is because of hormonal changes or temporary fluid retention in the body. Thanks, hormones!

#2 Nipple discharge is more normal than you think

This discharge (yellow, milky-white, green or blue) can occur in most women, if they are squeezed. But if you are squeezing and your nipples discharge blood from either or both nipples, consult a physician as it could be due to a benign growth, cyst or breast cancer.

#3 Nipple-gasm is an actual thing

Your nipples can give you orgasms. Yes, that's right! They are erogenous zones of the body for women (and even in some men). Researchers at the Université du Québec à Montréal, Montreal, QC, Canada, conducted a study on the same and found that the sensation from nipple stimulation travels to the same pleasure centers of the brain as sensations from clitoris, cervix and the vagina.

#4 Nipples are supposed to be bumpy

If you notice small (even hairy) bumps all over your nipples, don't freak out. They are perfectly normal and are the product of your Montgomery glands. These glands produce a protective, oily white lubricant for the skin. Don’t squeeze those little bumps; they are there for a reason. If you open them, they can cause a severe infection.

#5 Nipples are hairy. Period.

It's perfectly normal to have hairy nipples, even in women! Those small bumps you notice on your nipples are also hair follicles. If they are extremely dark, you can remove them by either waxing, cutting or plucking careful. However, if they swell or give you pain, you should consult your doctor-- it could be a sign of breast cancer.

#6 Nipples hate the gym

Working-out is super healthy, but it is certainly not something your nipples love. If you do vigorous exercises your nipples can chafe and become dry, itchy, red or even sore. Wearing a well-fitted sports bra or using nipple balm can help you here. It's nothing serious though, but take it easy on the girls.

#7 Nipples can help you bond with your baby

You are using your nipples for breastfeeding your baby soon after its birth and sometimes it can take a toll on them. They can become sore, bleed, crack or even bleed. These are a few cons of  having a newborn attached to your nipples every alternate hour. But your nipples will also create a beautiful bond between you and your baby, given your constant body touch.

Read: 8 must-haves for breastfeeding mums

#8 Nipples can leak milk

As a result of nursing your baby for hours during the day, your nipples can also leak milk sometimes. So you might want to keep an extra shirt or kurta with you when you go out. Or choose a nursing bra that works best for you, especially when you are at work. Sometimes you may even leak if you hear an infant cry. Again, totally normal.

#9 Nipples sometimes come in three

It is been commonly observed that many women (and even some men) have a third nipple. No need to freak out. It happens to many people across the world, reiterates a 2012-study. These are also called 'supernumerary nipples' and resemble a mole or mark. They never actually form into a nipple or perform its function and can appear anywhere in the body. So nothing to worry about.

Read: Your breasts affect your health in these 7 ways

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Written by

Deepshikha Punj