6 Nipple Facts Doctors Actually Want You to Know

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It’s easy to take your nipples for granted. After all, everyone has them and they’re just kind of…there. But not all nipples are the same, and you might wonder if something is off if you notice that your nips are different from a friend’s. Just like boobs, nipples vary from person to person, but it’s good to know the difference between something totally normal and something that you might want to get checked out. Here’s what is normal in the nipple department, and when you should talk to your doctor.

1. There is no “normal” nipple.

“This is no different than the various shapes of eyes or colors of eyes from person to person,” Susan Hoover, M.D., F.A.C.S., a surgical oncologist in the Breast Oncology Program at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, tells SELF. It’s part of the normal developmental and genetic process for there to be a variety of shapes and sizes of nipples, Dr. Hoover says. And just like there’s no one hair color that’s the best, there’s no “right” nipple color. So, even if your friend has a similar skin tone to you but you have completely different nipple colors, one isn’t better or more correct than the other.

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