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Hairy Nipples: Why Women Get Them and 5 Quick Fixes that Work

Hairy Nipples

Do you have hairy nipples? You’re not alone! Many women have hairy nipples. Here’s why it happens and what you can do about it.

Hairy nipples were probably the last kind of hairs you ever expected to crop up on your body as a female. Pubes? Bring it on, I’m a woman now! Chin hair? Err… sure, I can always pluck. Nipple hairs?! Who signed me up for this cosmic joke?

If you’ve noticed thick, course hairs starting to swirl around your areola, then you’ve joined a common group of women who usually stay mum about the existence of nipple hairs on women. To this, we say “no more!” We’re opening up the dialogue about hairy nipples, why you may end up with them, and what to do if you have them.

Are hairy nipples normal?

Just as you’ll find hair on other areas of your body such as legs, genitals, upper lip, and arms, nipples hairs are just part of the shaggy family.

There’s an agonizing amount of shame revolving around the breast area when things aren’t looking right. Whether you’re worried about not having perfectly round breasts or fretting about your nipple size, every girl seems to want the perfect pair – which doesn’t exist, by the way. [Read: Boob talk – Trust us, your boobs are perfectly normal]

That’s why admitting to a girlfriend that you’ve had some pube-like hairs sprout their way into your bra doesn’t feel like the easiest thing to admit. After all, what if you’re alone in your new hairy adventure?

Rest easy. You’re not. In fact, it is estimated that 30% of women have nipple hair. As it turns out, they just don’t like to talk about it much.

So, are having hairy nipples normal?

The short of it is, yes. It is normal to have hairs on your nipples, but there are some exceptions to the rule.

Why women get hairy nipples

Now that you know hairy nipples are a common issue, you’re probably wondering why women get these charming whiskers to begin with. It should be noted that certain medications can lead to excess hair growth. Medications include minoxidil, steroids, testosterone, phenytoin, and cyclosporine. [Read: 8 types of nipples – you definitely haven’t seen them all]

That being said, the most common answer comes down to your hormones. Because who can throw a wrench in your good looks quite like hormones can? Nobody, that’s who! Here are three common issues that may be causing your nips to sprout.

#1 Pregnancy. Now that you’re bringing life into the world, what better way for your body to celebrate than by sprouting a couple of unwanted hairs on your titties? Hormonal changes during pregnancy can make previously blonde and delicate hairs around the breast begin to grow course, dark, and long.

#2 Use of hormonal birth control. Use of hormonal contraceptives can cause fluctuations in your, well, hormones. These fluxes can lead to hairy boobs, among many other less-than-endearing side-effects.

#3 Menopause. Women who are going through menopause or perimenopause are subject to increased hair growth due to hormonal imbalances. Basically, any time your body is going through a fluctuation in hormones, there’s a chance you’re going to see some hairs sprout in one place or another. Just another charming perk to getting older. [Read: 10 birth control options and what they can do for you]

When you should call your doctor

Now that you know the common causes of hairy nipples, one uncommon issue may be Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).

PCOS is caused by a hormone imbalance in women. This syndrome can cause cysts on the ovaries and makes conceiving extremely difficult. If it is left untreated, it may lead to heart disease, diabetes, and other serious health issues.

Symptoms of PCOS include difficulty losing weight, irregular periods, thinning scalp hair, issues with fertility, depression, and – you guessed it – excess hair growing everywhere else on your body.

To determine whether or not your hairy nipples fall on the side of ‘call the doctor,’ Med Guidance has comparative photos to show normal and abnormal hairy nipples.

If you feel as though you do have PCOS, schedule an appointment with your doctor immediately. [Read: 10 quick ways to make a girl feel better on her period]

What to do about hairy nipples

Now that you have your new visitors, you’re probably wondering if you have to keep them. These are the most common avenues of getting rid of nipple hairs.

#1 Shaving. Shaving is a quick way to get out of the jungle that now resides on your breasts, but it comes with a cost. Firstly, stubble will come back in a hot minute. Second, there’s a high probability that you will still be able to see the bottom of the dark hair follicle even after shaving.

If you’re one who believes the ‘If you shave one, five more will attend its funeral,’ then avoid shaving.

#2 Waxing. Specialists cite a 3-6 week re-growth period after waxing, which is great if you don’t want to be checking your ta-tas for sprouting hairs every other day. That being said, waxing around such a sensitive area may be freakishly painful. But then again, what waxing experience isn’t? [Read: Trim, shave or natural – The real score on the bush]

#3 Tweezing. Tweezing is probably the best route for getting rid of unwanted nipple hairs. A simple pluck will grab the hair by the root, and you won’t have to worry about re-growth for more than a week.

There may be a chance you’ll get an in-grown hair around your nips, but tweezing is truly the quickest and most effective avenue of hair removal. That is unless you’re into…

#4 Electrolysis. Electrolysis is basically laser hair removal… for your hairy nipples. Electrolysis boasts that it can permanently eliminate unwanted hairs on your breasts. If you have the money and the figurative balls to go for it, don’t forget to do your research first. You may have to do several rounds of expensive electrolysis before the hairs stop growing in.

#5 Go all-natural. Many women are simply embracing their bodies as they are these days. If this is you, then why bother risking an in-grown hair?

You’d be surprised how many lovers go unfazed by nipple hairs, or other ‘odd’ hairs around the female body. If you’re down with your body hair, then grow it out!

[Read: Listen up, ladies! Here’s how to shave your pubic area]

In the end, don’t sweat it. Hairy nipples may not be what you’re used to seeing in movies or hearing from your girlfriends, but they are most definitely common among women everywhere.

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Minot Little
Minot Little

Minot Little is a freelance writer who has been getting paid for spreading her sarcastic take on love, life, and sex since 2010. She is many things that peop...

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