The third nipple is a rare condition that occurs in both men and women and affects about 2-6% of the general population. So if you have a third nipple, know that you are not alone.
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Can you grow a third nipple?
Often mistaken for moles, Accessory Third Nipples develop in utero during the fourth week of pregnancy. At that time, the fetus’s milk lines regress and turn into nipples. Sometimes the tissue fails to completely recede, and the result is at least one extra nipple.
Is Polythelia dangerous?
Polythelia, or having more than two nipples, particularly without areola or breast tissue, is generally harmless. The rare condition known as Scaramanga’s gene can lead to breast cancer in the extra nipple. Have a doctor check pain, lumps, or rashes around your extra nipple.
Do supernumerary nipples enlarge with puberty?
Like regular breasts, supernumerary nipples respond to the hormonal changes associated with puberty and childbirth. Supernumerary nipples tend to become tender and enlarge before menstruation and can produce milk after pregnancy. Cysts, abscesses, mastitis, and breast cancer are also possible in supernumerary nipples.