Whatever you think about their quirks, there’s an excellent chance that your breasts are absolutely normal. In this blog, we look at some of the most common concerns women have about features of their breasts - just to put your mind at ease. Of course, nobody knows them better than you. So, in the spirit of good breast health, make sure you’re checking your breasts regularly to keep an eye out for any changes.
All these things are very normal when it comes to breast health
Although you might not love the way it looks, it’s entirely normal for your breasts to be slightly different sizes. In fact, it’s incredibly common. Most outsiders wouldn’t be able to tell the difference, but asymmetry occurs in more than half of all women. If the difference between your breasts is more than a cup size, you could always chat with your doctor to rule out any hormonal issues.
Almost everyone has hairs around their nipples, with the number varying depending on your genes and hormones. They may appear fair or dark, but this hair is no cause for concern about the health of your breasts. If you’d rather not have it there, you can always pluck any stray hairs with tweezers.
Women’s nipples come in every shape and size, and all are normal just as they are. Your nipples or areola may be big, just as others’ are small, which is completely healthy in breasts. Embrace your unique breasts just as they are.
Your areola can be almost invisible because they are small, and the colour might blend in with your skin tone. Small nipples are pretty standard and nothing to stress about, either.
Inverted nipples are incredibly common and found in 10 to 20 per cent of women. This type of nipple is different from a flat nipple (where your nipples don't protrude). Inverted nipples tuck inward, but function the same as protracted nipples. You could also have one that’s inverted and one that’s not, or inverted nipples that later pop out. Inverted nipples won’t impact your breast health or interfere with your ability to breastfeed a baby and tend to resolve at this time.
The little bumps you can find around the nipple are, you guessed it, totally normal. They’re regular sebaceous glands called Montgomery glands that look a bit like whiteheads. You may have just a few or dozens of bumps on your breasts, but they’re nothing to worry about.
Remember to make sure you check your boobs regularly, to look out for any changes or areas of concern in your breast health. Hormonal changes will occur naturally in your breasts, thanks to pregnancy or menopause. But if you’re concerned at any time that something’s not right, have a chat with your GP.
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