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But today's lesson is all about our boob-a-lachies, breast-icles, fun bags, Pam and Dolly, jugs, milk-shakes, traffic stoppers, jogging partners, highbeams, pimped-out hub caps, or simply - the artists formerly known as breasts ( but why use the real name when there's so many great nicknames for these babies)?
1. The nipple is actually only the tip of the darker coloured skin on the breast. The round part surrounding it is actually called the areola. So if someone says they see a bit of nipple peaking out from under a shirt you better check they're right because it's probably just the areola showing. No biggie.
2. Breasts are not a hose - they are a sprinkler. A friend of mine asked me, back when I was breast feeding, if it came out in one stream. Milk comes out from 15-20 little tiny openings. Lactiferous ducts are what carry the milk to these openings.
4. Sorry boys, contrary to what you'd like to believe, just because nipples are hard does not mean that we are sexually aroused. We might just be cold, or they get sensation from our clothes rubbing on them, or we are more hormonal. Yes, definitely hormonal. Sometimes women's nipples aren't even erect when they are sexually aroused so definitely don't take this as a sign we are turned on.
FUN FACT: Some women can achieve orgasm just through nipple stimulation
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6. Some boobies get hairy! Some hairs can look like little eyelashes on the areola! Get one of them stuck in your teeth and it's all over! Passion is killed. I once saw a woman breastfeeding her baby from a very hair areola. Fact: gummy mouths don't get hairs stuck anywhere, they just wash right down. Mmmm. Yum!
7. Everyone's nipples are different. Sounds like we should add that to the finger printing repertoire of police detectives and their data bases? "Mam, could you just place your right nipple here ... thanks" Guess that would only work if the person robbing your home, or murdering your goat, was shirtless and rubbing their chest on things and leaving their nipple-prints? Ridiculous.
8. Pregnancy and breast feeding can change the nipple size, sometimes permanently.
9. Uneven Breasts are common! It's a condition called asymmetry.
10. Your breast tissue changes according to your menstrual cycle. You may find your breasts feel fuller and more sensitive when you ovulate, particularly on the day of ovulation. Sensitivity can also be a symptom of early pregnancy. YIKES! Sudden or recent changes in size should be checked by your Dr.
Have you checked your boobies lately? Click here for instructions!
If you don't want to check, there are volunteer teenage boys standing by who will ...