Is It Normal To Have Hair On Your Nipples?

At this point, most of us are aware that body hair is something that is more or less a fact of life. You have hair on your legs. Your face. Your pubic area. Basically, if you are a human, it is almost certain that you will have hair on some part of your body where you feel like you shouldn’t have hair, and that’s fine. For the most part, it’s pretty normal.

But what about hair on your nipples? This is something that a lot of people have but, for whatever reason, isn’t really discussed as much as much as hair growth on some other parts of the body. And, since no one really talks about it, if you’re a girl, you might feel like there’s something wrong with you if you look down one day and see some hair growing there. The good news? If you have hair on your nipples, you’re definitely not the only one. In fact, it’s totally, perfectly, 100% normal. But you still might want to know some more about it–so, check out everything you need to know about growing hair on your nipples right here:

Okay, but really–is it normal if I have hair on my nipples?

Yes! It’s totally normal. Apparently, women often ask gynecologists about growing nipple hair, and most agree that it isn’t something you need to worry about at all. The reason why it might feel so abnormal to you is because women don’t really talk about it, so, if you notice it on yourself, you probably feel like you’re the only person in the world who has ever grown hair in that particular area. But don’t worry! You really, really aren’t.

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Why does hair grow there?

The short answer? You’re a mammal (I assume), and hair grows on random places of your body because it’s supposed to do that. Basically, the skin around your nipples has hair follicles just like any other part of your body, which means that everyone has some sort of hair on their nipples or chest. You just don’t always see everyone’s hair, because, for a lot of women, it’s pretty thin and light in color. It can grow darker and thicker, however, after some sort of hormonal change in the body, like puberty, menstruation, and pregnancy. Some women also notice an uptick in nipple hair after starting birth control, which alters hormone levels in the body and can cause a shift in body hair growth..

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Is there any way to get rid of it?

Yep! You don’t have to, obviously, but if you do want to remove nipple hair, there are a bunch of easy, safe ways to do it. The simplest way is to just pluck it yourself. To do this, just grab a pair of tweezers (preferably after a shower so the hair follicles are open and the hair is softer, which makes it easier to pull out) and pull out whichever hairs you feel like need to go. If you want a more permanent option, you can look into laser hair removal and/or electrolysis. Both of these are somewhat painful and expensive options, but they’re totally safe and will ensure that you don’t grow any hair on your nipples for at least a few years.

What you shouldn’t do? Please don’t shave or use an at-home depilatory cream like Nair or Veet. The skin around your nipples is super sensitive, so both of these will just irritate your skin and leave you with a nasty, uncomfortable rash.

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Is growing hair on your nipples ever not totally normal?

Nipple hair is, in almost every case, pretty normal. There are, however, certain instances in which it could be indicative of some sort of medical issue. If you’re suddenly growing a lot of hair, it’s possible that you could have a hormone imbalance or something called Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, which is a condition that causes irregular periods, cysts on the ovaries, and excess hair growth on the body.

Basically? Having hair on your nipples is probably nothing to worry about, but if you’re really concerned (and notice some other weird things going on with your body), just visit your gynecologist. It can’t hurt, and it’s definitely always better to be safe rather than sorry.

 

Do you have hair in weird places on your body? Do you have any questions about it? Let us know in the comments!

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