Apparently there are 8 ‘types’ of nipple in the world

Can you spot yours?

Types of nipple

There are 8 types of nipple in the world… Which is yours?

Women often compare breasts (size, weight, shape and evenness), but the conversation rarely stretches as far as nipples. The topic always seems a little more private – something saved for very best friends and your other half.

Why all the secrecy? Probably out of fear that your nipples are ‘abnormal’, since there’s a common idea that all nipples are supposed to look a certain way. Society would sometimes have us believe that if our nips don’t match up to Samantha’s from Sex and the City, then there’s something terribly wrong with us.

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‘That’s just stupid’

In fact, this couldn’t be further from the truth. There is no such thing as the perfect nipple and it is actually quite normal for yours to differ from a friend’s. In fact it turns out that there isn’t one generic nipple type – there are actually eight.

Here are the 8 different nipple ‘types’ out there…

Protruding

Protruding nipples are probably the most widely known variety, with nipples raised slightly above the areola’s surface, pointing outwards.

types of nipple

Protrouding

Flat

Flat nipples are pretty self-explanatory. This is when the nipple is so flat that it almost blends into the areola.

Types of nipple

Flat

Inverted

Inverted nipples are also pretty straight forward – this is when nipple retracts into the breast instead of pointing outwards.

types of nipple

Inverted


Unilateral inverted

This sounds complex but it’s actually pretty simple – one nipple is protruding and the other is inverted.

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Unilateral inverted

Bumpy

Having bumps on the areola is very common, they are actually called Montgomery glands (often mistaken for whiteheads) and they’re not dangerous in any way.

types of nipple

Bumpy


Hairy

Having hairy nipples is often stigmatized and seen as masculine but it’s actually pretty normal. In fact, all women grow hair around the areola of their nipples, but some hairs are just more dark and coarse than others.

types of nipple

Hairy

Puffy

This is when the nipple is raised on top of the breast in a peak.

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Puffy


Supernumarary

This term refers to those who are born with an additional nipple, looking just like a large raised mole and dubbed a ‘nubin’ by Chandler Bing. It turns out one in eighteen men are born with one, and one in fifty women – including Mark Wahlberg, Lilly Allen, Tilda Swinton and Harry Styles, who explained ‘they’re a bit smaller than the other ones…I don’t look like a cow or anything.’

types of nipple

Supernumarary

Phew! What a relief, it turns out that we’re completely normal after all.

If, however, there is any abnormality that you are concerned about, you should contact your doctor.

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