6 Little-Known Nipple Facts
Ever looked at your chest and thought, what the heck are nipples exactly? Ever felt that yours looked weird? Well, this unique feature on the human body comes with some pretty interesting facts. Find out more below:
1. They’re different.
Just like everything else, everyone’s nipples all come in different shapes, sizes and colors. And despite what stereotypes you may have heard your nipple’s appearance has nothing to do with your race. Nipples can range from super pale pink to dark dark brown, and be smaller than a dime or larger than a half dollar. And there really isn’t much rhyme or reason to it. Hormones can even change the size and color of your nipples over the course of your life, so don’t get to comfy with what you got. You may wake up with something else down the line.
2. They can be inverted.
Do you nipples retract in instead of point out? Well, don’t be ashamed. You may be surprised to know that according to reports 10-20 percent of women have inverted nipples. There is nothing unhealthy about having inverted nipples, and in some case, women with inverted nipples experience them “popping out” during pregnancy or stimulation.
3. Nipple orgasms are possible.
According to a study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine nipples are an erogenous zone for women. Their research involved studying MRIs of the brain’s activity when nipples were stimulated. The results showed the same type of activity within pleasure centers in the brain that occur when there is stimulation of the clitoris or vagina. The study even concluded that the level of stimulation of the nipples could lead to orgasms for some women.
4. There’s a reason men have nipples, too.
According to a study published in the journal Nature, “during the first few weeks of birth, the embryo develops off of a