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Facts About Nipples You Must Know

September 05, 2015 3 min read

Earlier in the month, there were 300+ protestors that marched topless in the GoTopless Pride Parade in New York City. The parade was put on as a response to police commissioner Bill Bratton and Mayor Bill DeBlasio’s statement that topless women who are covered with body paint are considered a “nuisance.” The Guardian had stated that Governor Andrew Cuomo said the practice harkens the pornographic of the old bad times of Times Square. Statements like that continue to put a stigma female nipples and to sexualize them. There has been a nipple conversation going on for a while now. There was a #FreeTheNipple campaign that was started in 2014. The campaign started because filmmaker, Lina Esco had brought to our attention how our culture treats and talks about female nipples. If men are able to walk around topless, why can’t a woman? Since then, the movement has grew and it has empowered several women to bare their chests and challenge the stigma going on. [bctt tweet="Facts About Nipples You Must Know"] Nipples aren’t just for a social movement. They are a crucial part of the female body. There are helpful facts that we should all know: nipples There is no “perfect nipple.” It’s true – just like there is no such thing as perfect breasts. Nipples will come in all different textures, colors, sizes, and shapes. Dr. Jane O’Brien is one person who can vouch for this as she is a breast oncoplastic surgeon. She sees various types each and every day. Nipple hair? No big deal! An OBGYN, Dr. Mary Jane Minkin, stated that around 30% of women will have nipple hair and it is all genetics. You are able to trim, laser, or tweeze them, just like any other body hair. Small bumps around nipple? That’s just Montgomery’s Glands These “bumps” are there to assist with breastfeeding by providing lubrication. Cool Fact: William F. Montgomery was the first person to describe this bumps in 1837, so they are now named after him. Innie or outtie? Did you think that was just for bellybuttons? Your nipples can be considered an innie or outtie as well. Having innie or outtie nipples is completely normal and poses no health risk. Polythelia: A nipple-related condition This condition only affects 1-5% of the population. It is when an individual has more than two nipples. Watch for warning signs of cancer Always keep tabs on your breast. If you notice any itchiness, scaly sores, or rashes on your nipple, it is time to see the doctor to get checked. Also, any nipple discharge or if your nipple starts to “pull in” all of a sudden, this would warrant a trip to your doctor. Not pregnant and still experiencing nipple discharge? A breast surgeon, Dr. Leah S. Gendler states that nipple discharge can happen to anyone if the nipple is squeezed. It’s nothing to worry about, except if the discharge is only coming from one breast or is bloody. Nipple Chafing is real: Wear the right bra Always avoid wearing cotton as it will retain moisture. Try finding a bra that is made of a synthetic fabric, which will pull the moisture away from your skin, and make sure that your bra will fit you properly as that alone can cut down on chafing. Nipples actually have a deep and mythological background In ancient Ireland, it was known that King’s nipples were sacred. If the enemies of the rulers wanted the King to fall from grace, they would cut off the rivals' nipples. The 14th-18th century was a time that having one’s nipples on display was a fashion trend. The nipple movement has been around for years. Agnes Sorel was the one who first challenged the way we look at nipples. She even had her gowns custom made so that just one or both of her nipples would be able to be displayed. Source: Hello Giggles  

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