There are eight types of nipples in the world (and they’re all glorious)

February 09, 2018 lil teryan 0 Comments


We all love to categorise ourselves. We’re introverts or extroverts. Cat people or dog people. We have V shape bums or round ones. We analyse our split end types. We take endless quizzes to find out who we really are.

So when Seventeen told us that there are, in fact, different types of nipples we could potentially have, we immediately (well, not really. We waited until we got home) whipped off our tops to take a look.

Dr Tsippora Shainhouse revealed these eight nipple options to Seventeen, explaining that there is no superior type, it is possible to have nipples that fit more than one category (hairy and protruding, for example), and all eight kinds of nipples are totally normal (and, might we add, glorious).


So, which type do you have?

1. Protruding


This is when the nipples are raised a few millimetres above the surface of the areola and point outwards from the body. When cold or stimulated, the nipples become harder and more pronounced.

2. Flat



When ‘resting’ (not cold or stimulated), the nipple is totally flat and blends into the areola.

3. Puffy


The entire areola and nipple area is raised on top of the breast. The nipple can become more pronounced when cold or stimulated.

4. Bumpy



Ever spotted little bumps that look like spots around the nipples? Don’t squeeze them – they’re called Montgomery glands and are totally normal. Everyone has ’em, it’s just that they’re more noticeable in people with the bumpy nipple type.

5. Hairy


Here’s something loads of people experience but no one seems to talk about: nipple hair.

Everyone has hair follicles around the nipple, but some have hairier nipples than others. It’s totally fine to leave the hair as it is or pluck out with a tweezer.

We’re sure we don’t need to make it clear how bad of an idea it would be to shave in that area. DO NOT DO IT.

6. Inverted



When the nipple goes inwards, instead of out. Again, totally normal. If this happens suddenly, however, and you can’t gently use your fingers to bring your nipple back out, check in with your GP – if only for reassurance.

7. Unilateral inverted


Same thing as above, but with one inverted nipple instead of both. 

Dr Shainhouse notes that if this has always been the case, it’s perfectly safe. But if it’s a new development, this may be a sign of breast cancer – see your GP immediately if this is the case.


8. Supernumery


An extra nipple! Nothing to be worried about. More nipples more fun, right?



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