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9 facts about breasts and nipples
9 facts about breasts and nipples

About how to properly touch the breast, whether orgasm from nipple stimulation is possible and whether implants affect breastfeeding.

9 facts about breasts and nipples
9 facts about breasts and nipples

A bit of history

The very existence of the breast raised many questions among men. In 1300, the physician Henri de Mondeville wrote to the king about three reasons for placing the breast in this place:

  1. This is the best way to see it.
  2. The chest warms the heart.
  3. Breast weight helps women maintain abdominal strength.

By 1840, knowledge of breasts was still very scarce. For example, the doctor Asti Cooper said that the chest helps lower-class women withstand very strong blows in fights (drunkenness).

Let's take a look at what is currently known about breasts and nipples and how to properly handle them.

Breast structure

The breast consists of adipose tissue, lobules, milk duct, Cooper's ligaments. The lobules produce milk, the milk duct carries it to the nipple, and Cooper's ligaments support and shape the breast.

nipples: breast structure
nipples: breast structure

Many women have different breasts, and this is normal. Paired organs are not perfectly symmetrical.

Breast and nipple facts

1. Nipples may not always be the center of pleasure

Dr. Debbie Herbenick, author of The Coregasm Workout, says nipples may not be the most sensitive point, even on the chest. For example, the top and sides of the chest in some people may be more sensitive or generally the most sensitive on the body.

Dr. Lowe made a separate video on how to properly touch your breasts. Take a look to understand the scale of the missed opportunities.

2. Orgasm from nipple stimulation is possible

Researchers. from Rutgers University using MRI proved that stimulation of the nipples activates the same nervous system as genital and clitoral stimulation. True, nothing beats the effect on the clitoris. The nervous system is the same, but the strength of the impact is different.

nipples: nipple stimulation
nipples: nipple stimulation

So, theoretically, orgasm from nipple stimulation is possible, but it's still rare.

3. Evolution has hammered on male nipples

Women need nipples to remove milk and feed the offspring. But the purpose of male nipples has long been an object of scientific interest. The fact is that the nipples are formed in the womb before the genitals, since men and women are created according to the same genetic code.

At 6-7 weeks of gestation, a gene on the Y chromosome induces changes that lead to the development of the testes, the organs that produce and store sperm. After about 9 weeks of pregnancy, the testes begin to produce testosterone, altering the genetic activity of cells in the genitals and brain. But by this time the nipples are already formed. Therefore, they remain a rudimentary formation.

Scientists believe that over time, men's nipples did not disappear, because this is not important for evolution.

4. Nipples can be of different sizes, shapes and colors

Many women worry about how their nipples look, but you shouldn't. Dark, inverted, large, small, brown, light - this is all the norm. Here you can see all the variety of nipples in nature.

nipples: various shapes
nipples: various shapes

Areolas, the colored areas of skin around the nipples, are just as varied. They can be darker or lighter, very small or large. And areola hair is normal. During life, the amount of hair on them changes. And during pregnancy, the nipples and areolas can get larger and darker.

The little bumps on the areoles are called the areolar glands, or Montgomery's glands. They are named after the scientist William Montgomery, who first described them in 1837. They are also sometimes called "gummy bears". The fact that they exist is normal, but their purpose is unknown.

Eliza Port, head of breast surgery at Sinai Medical Center, says the areola glands may secrete small amounts of fluid, but they have no special function. Another point of view is that due to the texture of the glands, babies can use them to find their way to the nipple. But this is just a guess.

5. Three nipples are not uncommon

Harry Styles and Mark Wahlberg live with three nipples. Statistics confirm that a similar anomaly, which is also called a supernatural nipple, is more common in men. Indicators range from 0.22% to 5.6%.

In theory, extra nipples can appear along the milk lines that start in the armpits on each side and end in the groin.

Usually this is still one extra nipple. But there is a man. with seven nipples and a man with a nipple on the foot. …

6. During menstruation, the breasts become tight and the nipples are hypersensitive

Dr. Sherri Ros says this is due to increased levels of the hormones estrogen and progesterone 1 to 2 weeks before menstruation.

If you are one of those who have PMS, then during menstruation, your breasts will thicken, become heavier and more sensitive. Even touching your clothes may hurt your nipples. It is best to avoid caffeine and tobacco during your period, as they can exacerbate these side effects.

7. Implants will not interfere with breastfeeding

The implants are inserted behind the breast or behind the muscle, so they will not affect breastfeeding.

But the pleasant sensations from touching will decrease - both in the nipples and in the chest. Even a complete loss of sensitivity is possible. Research. showed a connection between the size of the implant and the sensation: the larger it is, the lower the sensitivity.

Breast reduction can affect feeding, and it is almost impossible to predict this - a lot depends on the operation. If during it the nipple is moved, then the milk ducts will be cut out and breastfeeding will be impossible. However, more and more operations are done so as not to damage the nerves under the nipple and to provide blood supply.

It is best to warn doctors in advance if you plan to breastfeed in the future. Ask if the operation can be performed in a way that preserves the milk ducts.

8. Breastfeeding is harder than it sounds

There is a myth about the naturalness and ease of breastfeeding. But in reality, everything turns out to be different. If you have any problems, don't be afraid to ask doctors for help or see a lactation specialist.

In addition, breastfeeding has consequences in the form of cracks and bleeding from the nipples. It is not harmful to your health, but it can be incredibly painful, so you will not want to breastfeed anymore.

During this period, the nipples need to be looked after and moisturized. Consult your doctor and find out which ointment is best for you. If the ointment does not help, see a specialist again. You may have a yeast infection. It is easy to cure, you just need to notice it in time.

Inverted nipples can also interfere with breastfeeding - it will be difficult for a child to catch on to them. In this case, silicone nipple covers will help. They put pressure on the areoles and nipples and break the small adhesions that hold the nipple inside.

9. Breast cancer doesn't care about gender

Yes, the ratio is different: every eighth woman and every thousandth man can get breast cancer, but this is not a reason to forget about the problem.

If you feel that your breasts have changed, or you feel any lump, be sure to see your doctor. Watch your nipples. If they flake off, crust over, harden, give off fluid, or get scratched, run to the hospital. These recommendations are important for both women and men.

Here you can see how to check your breasts:

Also, touch your breasts more often. Research has proven. that it is not only pleasant, but also helps in the fight against breast cancer.