Found yourself in a hairy situation? We’ve got the A’s to all your burning nipple hair Q’s.
Vaginas? No problem. Periods? Sure! Masturbation? Let’s do it. But despite the times’ increased honesty about once-taboo and often mortifying topics, not many ladies are willing to talk about their nipple hairs—even when it comes to oversharing on the Internet. Truth is, they happen! And if you’ve been living a lonely life sworn to self-induced secrecy about the evil dark hairs that occasionally crop up on your boobs, you’ll be relieved to know you’re not alone.
How common is female nipple hair?
Pretty common. In fact, 30% of women have nipple hair.
And since there isn’t much of an open forum on the issue, the true percentage of women who experience nipple fur is likely even higher. Let’s hear it for solidarity, ladies!
Why do females sometimes get nipple hairs?
A sudden growth of dark hair around a woman’s nipples is attributed to an upsurge in testosterone levels. Since any kind of surge in hair growth is generally associated with a flux in hormones, the most common time for women to experience hair in the nipple region is during puberty or from a woman’s teenage years into young adulthood.
Is nipple hair normal for women?
Our hormones are constantly changing, most significantly during pregnancy or puberty, but they also fluctuate mildly during our early 20s and 30s. While our hormones endure their regular changes throughout our menstrual cycle, the hair follicles located in our nipples might sometimes decide to sprout hairs. Since our bodies have hair follicles all over, the possibility of growing a hair is high in almost any place, even the nipples.
TL;DR: Yep, nipple hair is totally normal for women. If it wasn’t, there wouldn’t be hair follicles in our breasts.
Do nipple hairs indicate a medical condition?
Nipple hairs are no cause for immediate medical concern. They are, however, linked to one specific illness: Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. Women with POS generate more testosterone, which causes more hair growth. But don’t fear; if you have nipple hairs, it’s not an indicator that you also have POS. In the event that you do have POS, there are a multitude of other symptoms that would take precedence, that would be noticed first.
How much nipple hair is a normal amount?
In most cases, women have anywhere from two to 15 hairs at a time. Of course, some women—particularly those with darker complexions or hair—may experience more than that and more frequently.
What do I do if I have a nipple hair?
Do whatever you want! You can let it all hang out, so to speak, and let that baby grow or you can pluck, shave, wax, or even laser it off. It’s your body so it’s your preference. Hairs on the nipples typically grow back within three weeks, so whichever removal decision you commit to—if you do decide to remove it—will grant you the same length of time before you have to manicure again.