Facts and information about nipples

Nipples. Both men and women have them. In women, milk can even come out, while they do not seem to have a function in men. This is about the basic knowledge about nipples. But there is much more to say about this part of the human body. Especially the female nipple is quite impressive. The female nipple is not just a projection. It is a complicated and surprising part of the human body. How to Grow Your Breast Size Naturally — With Breast Actives Read My Honest Reviews Before You Buy this Product

What is a nipple?

According to Van Dalen’s dictionary, a nipple is “the mouth of the mammary gland”. In itself this is correct, but a bit short of the turn. Another description says about nipples: “A pigmented bud-shaped protrusion on the chest of a man. With the women, the milk comes from the nipples for the baby during suckling “. This description does seem to cover the cargo. However, it immediately raises the question of why men actually have nipples.

Why do men have nipples?

The nipples of the man have no real function. Men do have nipples, but they can not produce milk. So it is a part with no function. In the medical world, this is called something “rudimentary”. The tailbone or the wisdom teeth are also examples of rudimentary body parts. It is not the case that the function of the nipples has disappeared over time. Men do not produce milk and did not do that in the past.

The development of male nipples

In the first period after fertilization, the development of a boy and girl is the same. After a week In the first period after fertilization, the development of a boy and girl is the same. After a week or three, the nipples arise. Only later in the development do male and female characteristics arise, but the nipples are already formed. At that moment the further development of the nipples stops at the men. The male nipple is therefore often a lot smaller than the female nipple. However, the male nipple does contain all parts for a functioning nipple. Due to a disturbed hormone regulation, it is possible that the body will produce more prolactin. This hormone causes the body to make milk. As a result, the mammary glands of men can still produce milk.

More than two nipples

Normally, every person has two nipples. These nipples are located on the chest in man and woman. However, it is possible that one has more nipples. This is called “polythelia”. One additional nipple is also called “mamilla supplementary” or “accessory nipple”. This phenomenon occurs in both women and men. Often it is one extra nipple that is located somewhere on the chest, on the abdomen or in an armpit. In many cases, such extra nipples are a lot smaller than normal, which makes them look a lot like a big birthmark. Treatment of such an extra nipple is not necessary, but removing it is often only a minor procedure.

Withdrawn nipples

In most cases, the nipple protrudes. However, it also happens that the nipple has been withdrawn. In that case, the nipple is directed inwards. Often the withdrawn nipples have existed since birth and can do little harm. However, breastfeeding can be more difficult with retracted nipples. To solve this problem, there are all kinds of tools on the market such as “breast shields” and “nipple caps”. If incidentally, there is a sudden withdrawal of a nipple, this may indicate breast cancer. In that case, further investigation is necessary.

A withdrawn nipple is caused by the milk channels in the breast just a little too short. The milk channels thereby pull the nipple inside. To allow the nipple to turn out again, the milk channels can be broken by means of an operation. The disadvantage of such an operation is that breastfeeding will no longer be possible. In addition, it is possible that the nipples will return to the inside after the operation.


Around the nipple is a piece of pigment-colored skin. This piece is called areola or areola. The areola is usually round or slightly oval and has an average diameter of 25 millimeters in men to 40 to 100 millimeters in women. The areola is not just a piece of skin. There are special glands hidden in it, namely sebaceous glands and the glands of Montgomery. These latter glands can be recognized as small bumps in the areola. From these little bumps comes an oily substance. This substance works decontaminating and ensures smooth skin. Finally, research shows that the smell of this substance causes the baby to drink more milk from the breast.

Erogenous zone and piercing

Touching some areas of the human body can induce sexual feelings. These places are called the erogenous zone. Although this varies from person to person, nipples are also part of this erogenous zone in many people. Touching the nipples can induce an erotic feeling. This is also a reason for some people to pierce their nipples. By applying a (metal) object through a nipple, the sensitivity of the teat would increase. Contrary to popular belief, piercing does not have a detrimental effect on breastfeeding. However, there is a risk that improperly placed piercing blocks the milk ducts. Also scar tissue can possibly be an obstacle in the milk channels.

Plastic surgery

The combination of surgery and breasts often involves breast reduction or breast augmentation. However, there are numerous clinics that only deal with operations on nipples. This may involve the reduction of large nipples, correction of inequality between nipples, restoration of retracted nipples and modification of the areola. It is even possible to have a nipple prosthesis fitted. Such a prosthesis serves to prevent the insertion of the nipple.

In plastic surgery on the nipple, there is usually no medical need. The costs of such an intervention are therefore not reimbursed by the health insurer. The costs can increase considerably. For restoring a retracted nipple you should think about € 800 per breast. Before you decide on such an operation, it is advisable to compare the prices of the different clinics. However, do not just pay attention to the price, but also read the experiences of the patients on the internet.

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