What It Means If You Have Big Areolas

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What It Means If You Have Big Areolas

Areolas come in all shapes and sizes.

"Size doesn't matter" is something every man has heard in his life whilst sitting on the edge of his bed being patted platonically on the back in a "there there" motion. For women, we have grown some curiosity or concern over the size of a body part of our own: our areolas.

Many may ask: Why is my areola so big? Are they bigger than average? And if so, could it reflect a health issue?

From the time we start maturing and developing as young girls, we all have at one point or another become hyper-aware of our areolas. At that certain time of the month, they could become extra sensitive or sore. If you become pregnant, you could have big areolas or ones that become dark. Hell, even some little hairs could start growing around the perimeter of them. (Plucking or laser hair removal is an easy fix to get you out of your hairy situation — just a little tip while we're on the subject).

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Isn't being a woman just the best? If you have questions regarding your chest-pepperonis, dinner plates or half dollars, we've got the answers to all of your chest-questions that you may be too shy to ask. 

If we've come this far and you don't exactly know what we're talking about, your areola is the colored area surrounding your nipple. Just like breasts, areolas come in many different shapes sizes and colors. Think of them like unique snowflakes. 

“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, told SELF Magazine.

If you are seriously self-conscious about the size of your areolas, there is a procedure you can undergo to change the shape and size of them. Dr. John Paul Tutela weighed in, saying, “It is quite normal for areolas to come in different shapes and sizes. I would not be concerned about the health risks. However, when you stop growing you can seek out areola reduction surgery.”

Areola reduction surgery is a procedure that takes about a half hour with fairly light levels of anesthesia and recommended only after you're done having kids. Scarring is a possible negative side effect due to the surgery. 

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If you're wondering what an average areola size is, it's about 4 cm in diameter, but if yours are bigger or smaller than that, there's no reason to panic or feel self-conscious about them. The areola you are born with are not the areola you end up with. After puberty, your hormones change the size and color of them as well.

But your body doesn't stop there! If you get pregnant and have a baby, your areolas grow even bigger and can darken in appearance. This happens so that the baby can latch better when being fed. Isn't your body amazing?! After pregnancy, they could decrease back to original size pre-pregnancy, or they might stay that size and color.

Fun fact about your body: Your areolas are not ornamental; they serve a purpose and adhere to your female biological makeup. The size depends on the areola's own need to “protect” the nipple from wear, cracking and irritation that could be caused by a number of factors but mostly breastfeeding. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, areolas expand and darken to help a nursing baby latch better for breastfeeding. 

You're probably thinking, "Okay, childbirth is beautiful. I get it." But right now you're just more concerned about feeling embarrassed when taking your shirt off in front of a guy. But the truth is that guys simply do not care about areola size. They're just happy to see a pair of breasts! There is no reason to feel self-conscious. 

Your breast size also changes during your menstruation cycle, as you may have noticed. When this happens, it is not uncommon for your areolas to expand as well. This is all due to hormone fluctuation and is not anything to become alarmed or worried about.

Another reason your areola might expand is during the heat of the moment. When sexually aroused, your heart rate goes up and blood flows to your breasts and areolas which could cause areola expansion. Again, totally normal, but if you find that only one areola is getting bigger and the other one is not, seek your doctor’s opinion.

Whether they're big or small or round or oval pointed or inverted, your areolas make you who you are.

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Christina Wright is a New York based freelance writer covering entertainment, beauty, interior design and all things fashionably interesting. Christina mostly enjoys reading, and doing things “for the funny story later.”