It is normal for some women to have hair growing around their nipples because the areola contains hair follicles. It is not necessary to get rid of the hair except if it is bothersome to you and your significant other. The best way to handle the hair is trim them. If they are plucked with force or shaved, they will grow back thicker and darker or they can become ingrown which could lead to infections and eventual scarring.
If the hairs are many and they mimic the male hair pattern on their chest or if the hair keeps growing in larger quantities, it may indicate the body has higher than normal levels of male hormones, called androgens. Excessive hair that grows on women's breasts are called hirsutism. Other than the high level presence of male hormones, hirsutism can be caused by polycystic ovary syndrome (pos). POS is a condition that is caused by an imbalance of sex hormones, resulting in obesity, irregular periods, and multiple cysts on the ovaries. Cushing's syndrome is a condition that occurs when exposed to high levels of the hormone cortisol and can result in hirsutism. Congenital adrenal hyperplasia is a condition characterized by abnormal production of steroid hormones can sometimes result in hirsutism. Tumors and medication can also be the cause of hirsutism. Sometimes there is no discernable reason for excessive hair growth especially if the androgen levels are normal and periods are not irregular. This can occur more frequently in certain ethnic populations.
It is important to consult your doctor if the amount of hair growing on your breasts is alarming. Through a series of questions and answers and a medical test or two, the doctor will be able to determine if the problem is a result of hirsutism. After the diagnosis, an appropriate treatment plan can be put in place to remedy the problem. The treatment plan will only work if you follow it as prescribed.
Several factors can determine if you are predetermined to have hirsutism. Family history of congenital adrenal hyperplasia and polycystic ovary syndrome will play a big part in developing hirsutism. Women of Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and South Asian women are more likely to develop hirsutism.
Hirsutism can be emotionally distressing for some women. They may feel self conscience about having unwanted body hair, but hirsutism does not cause physical complications, but the underlying cause of a hormonal imbalance can.