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Dark nipples: Causes of darker nipple color

  1. Nipples regularly change color for many benign causes. Hormonal fluctuations are often the cause of the darker nipples, such as when using birth control pills (the pill), breastfeeding, menstruation, puberty, pregnancy and menopause. Once the body changes have taken place, the nipples will return to their normal color. Also, hairs often develop around the nipples, giving them a darker appearance, which is a harmless cause. However, if the nipple change is accompanied by other symptoms, a visit to the doctor is necessary to rule out underlying causes such as diabetes mellitus and cancer and receive treatment.

Birth control pills and dark nipples

  1. Birth control pills contain the synthetic hormones estrogen and progesterone. This makes it possible for a woman to prevent an unwanted pregnancy. These pills also lead to hormonal changes in the body, causing the area around the nipples to darken. When the woman stops taking the pill, the darker nipples disappear. Furthermore, contraceptives (contraceptives) may also cause melasma. With this skin condition, the woman develops brown or gray pigmented patches on the face

Breastfeeding and dark nipple area

  1. Breastfeeding is associated with many changes to the breasts. Women are more likely to deal with darker nipples. The areola probably darkens so that a baby

Diabetes mellitus (diabetes)

  1. When the skin around the nipples darkens (hyperpigmentation

Hair around the nipples

  1. There are often hairs (nipple hairs) growing around the nipples

Cancer

  1. Paget's disease of the breast (nipple) is a rare form of cancer

Menopause / skin aging in women

  1. With skin aging, age spots, wrinkles and stretch marks develop, and the skin is also weaker. These changes also lead to dark nipples and are completely normal. They may also be an early sign of menopause

Pregnancy

  1. As a fetus grows in the womb, the breasts begin to prepare for the soon to be born baby. The body produces extra estrogen and progesterone to prepare the milk production to feed the newborn baby. Breast changes take place during this hormone production. During pregnancy, the woman often develops sore breasts and swollen breasts



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