Are you wondering why you have big areolas while some ladies have smaller areolas? Not to worry, many ladies like you have the same concerns about the dark, pigmented skin around their nipples.
Areolas vary in size as much as breasts do. So, there is no clear definition of "normal" with this special skin around your nipple.
Similarly, lots of things can determine how big your areolas are.
And you should not be concerned that they might be a turn-off. Some guys go crazy over big areolae. That should not come as a surprise considering that a lot of guys also love big breasts, which naturally come with big areolae.
So, even if your peers have made fun of your big areolas, don't feel bad about them. You might feel like an outlier for having larger than normal areolas, but know that many people like them that way.
Do Areolas Serve Any Purpose?
As a matter of fact, yes. Areolas have a very important role.
When you are chilly or aroused, they contract and get the nipples erect. And also, when you are breastfeeding, they make the nipple better adapted to breastfeeding.
And apparently, the dark color helps babies know what to latch on to since they have such poor eyesight. That's why they usually get darker and bigger during pregnancy.
So, There's Nothing Wrong With Having Big Areolas
Whether your areola is large or small, that should not worry you. Some actually think big areolas are very beautiful.
What's The Average Areola Size?
A couple of studies have been done on areola sizes.
In Japan, a study showed that the average diameter of a woman's areola was 4 centimeters.
And in another study done in Israel, it was discovered that the average areola is about thrice as big as the nipple. Another study discovered that areolas were also about three times smaller than the size of the breast.
But that's not to say that an areola larger or smaller than this is not normal.
What Does It Mean When You Have Big Areolas?
Lots of factors can play a role in determining the size of your areolas. Here are the most likely reasons you have big areolae.
Genetics play a huge role in the way areolas look and how big they get.
That's also why nipples can vary in color from pale pink to dark brown. They vary in size, and when you factor in the fact that half a dozen other factors can determine how large your areolas are, you will realize there is no telling how large your areolas should be.
So, there is no "normal" areola size. One thing you should know, however, is that guys haven't been known to make a big fuss over areola size. In fact, many of them openly profess their love for big areolas.
That means you should be proud of your areolas, regardless of their size.
2. Large Breasts Can Equal Big Areolas
If you have big boobs, then you probably have a big areolae. That should make complete sense.
Similarly, if your breasts have gotten bigger, then you should reasonably expect that your areolas will get bigger.
And also, know that your areolas can get larger temporarily. If you are getting frisky with your man and your boobs get bigger, then so will your areolas. When aroused, the breasts can increase by about 25%, and that can make the areola bigger.
During puberty, you can get big areolae, and they can also get puffy, which can make them appear even larger. And that's perfectly normal.
Also, the areolas can seem unusually smaller during puberty when the breasts grow at a much greater pace. Typically, that is caused by a relative difference in the size of the breasts to the size of the areolas.
When pregnant, your areolas can seem larger and darker, but that's in preparation for the baby's coming. Puffiness can also happen during pregnancy, and that can make them look bigger.
Even after pregnancy, they can still get bigger. But note that not all women experience these changes, and it does not change their breastfeeding experience.
When the baby is breastfeeding, they usually put the nipple and a big part of the areola into their mouths. The stimulation they cause to this part of the breast stimulates more milk production.
But if the areola is unusually large, the baby may have a problem making contact with most of it, and that can cause some slight breastfeeding challenges. But it's nothing a lactation expert cannot help you solve.
After pregnancy and breastfeeding, the big areolae might be gone, and their original color might also come back.
5. Menstruation Can Cause Big Areolas
During menstruation, hormonal changes can cause breast size changes. In particular, progesterone production makes the breasts grow in size.
And as the breasts increase, the areola size increases as well.
The body does all this during the second half of the menstrual cycle in preparation for the possibility that a pregnancy might occur. And therefore, when that doesn't happen, the big areolas can get back to their usually smaller size.
6. Oral Contraceptives
If your big areolas are a mystery to you because you cannot think of any natural process in your body causing their increased size, then your use of oral contraceptives might be the answer.
Birth control pills affect your hormone levels, which we have already established can change your breast size and even areola size.
7. Weight Gain
Breasts are made mostly of fatty tissue. So, a weight gain is likely to make you have large breasts. And as the breasts get bigger, so will your areolas.
So, those few pounds you have put on in the last few weeks might be the reason your areolas are a little bigger.
When Should You Be Worried About Big Areolas?
As we have already seen, having big areolas should not be a concern for you. However, if you realize that one of your areolas is larger than the other, then you might have a reason to be concerned.
Breast asymmetry, in general is something you should have checked out, as it can usually signal the presence of breast cancer.
If the areolas are painful, and they are turning somewhat red, then you should definitely see a specialist as well.
Is There Anything You Can Do About Big Areolae?
At the end of the day, we all have our preferences regarding how our bodies should look. So, even though there might be no health issues related to your big areolas, you might want them smaller.
Some people try surgery, but that is fraught with risks as the breasts can lose some sensitivity and get scar tissue. That can even cause some breastfeeding challenges.
But if you can find a natural way to reduce your breast size, then odds are that your areolas will probably be smaller, for instance, when you lose weight.
As you can see, a lot of factors can determine your areola size. Pregnancy, genetics, puberty, periods, arousal, and other factors can make you have big areolas. But if the increase in size comes with some pain, then you should consult a specialist.