8 Things You Never Knew About Extra Nipples

Nipples. Pretty well everybody has them, but how many do you have? Most people will likely say two, but that answer won’t be given every time. There are people who have extra nipples, and they’re more common than you might think.

You might know that Harry Styles has been blessed with some extra nipples, but what else do you know about them? Do you know whether they have a function or why they show up in the first place? Don’t worry, I’m not testing you. I’m here to fill you in. Whether you have extra nipples or you’re just curious about finding out more about them, here are eight interesting things to know about having extra nipples.

They're Called Supernumerary Nipples

You probably refer to them as extra nipples and third nipples, but they're most commonly known in the medical field as supernumerary nipples. The term encompasses those who have more than one extra nipple. Some other names you might have heard them referred to as are accessory nipples and polythelia. There's something about accessory nipples that makes me smile. How about you?

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You Can Have More Than One Extra

I said third nipple is one of the most common phrases of the condition, but don't assume that people can have only one extra. In fact, people can have up to eight supernumerary nipples, according to Healthline. They can often go unnoticed, even to people whose bodies they are on.

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They're More Common In Certain People

It's hard to say for sure how many people actually have supernumerary nipples, but the common statistics show that they can happen in about 1 to 5 percent of the population. Some estimates show that they occur in 1 in 18 people. What's more, studies have shown how common they are can vary widely be ethnicity. It still needs to be taken into consideration identifying the nipples and people admitting they have them. What has also been shown is that third nipples are more common men.

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There Are Different Types

There are different types of nipples in general. Just looking at extra nipples, there are six different types. This is why identifying them can be challenging because they might not look like what you expect. Some are more *formed* than others in terms of looking like nipples. Some of the categories have their own special names. I won't go into all of the details of each one, but know the characteristics of each category include having areola, a hair patch, fatty tissue, glandular tissue, and, erm, a nipple. Yes, there are types of extra nipples that do not have a nipple proper.

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Extra Nipples Appear On The Milk Lines

Were you aware that the body has milk lines? It sounds like it might have something to do with astrology. They embryonic milk lines are two vertical lines that run down sides of the body from around the armpit all the way down to the inner thighs, near the groin. That leaves a pretty big canvas for extra nipples to appear. Yes, dudes can get extra nipples on these milk lines.

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They're Not Harmful

If you have third nipples, you don't need to panic because it's not an indication that something is wrong. They're not bad growths that will do your body harm in anyway. They're basically just there. Some people might feel self-conscious about them, but they shouldn't. Most extra nipples are nowhere as large as *regular* nipples and most people probably won't even notice you have them. There are rare cases when they could cause discomfort. If that's the case, speak to your doctor.

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Extra Nipples Can Lactate

If you've been blessed with fully developed extra nipples, they can lactate, aka produce milk. And the phenomenon can happen in women and men. If the supernumerary nipples are going to lactate, it will likely happen during pregnancy when the *regular* nipples are developing milk for the baby.

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They Can Be Removed

If a person has extra nipples and feels self-conscious about them, or they experience the aforementioned discomfort, the extra nipples can be removed. It's generally a quick, noninvasive, outpatient surgery. There could be potential for different methods, so speak to your doctor if you're considering it. Also, be aware that as with any procedure, there's a possibility of scarring and even infection.

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