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Name: damian
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Date: Around 1993


Question:
Why do Human males have nipples?



Replies:
It is probably easier for the body to produce nipples in men than to eliminate them. Nipples in men have the same potential as nipples in women. The difference is basically hormones, men can have nipples like women if they have certain hormonal problems (or takes certain medicines).

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Up-date: 3/8/2005
I think that is basically correct. Here is some background: for the first 6-8 weeks of development, the fetus has the capacity to develop into either a girl or a boy (or both).

If not influenced by hormones in the womb, the fetus will turn into a girl and certain male characteristics will be lost. If influenced by hormones in the womb, the fetus will turn into a boy and certain female characteristics will be lost. Nipples are formed in an early stage and thus everyone initially has them.

They are useful on adult females and so they are kept as a girl develops. They apparently do no harm on adult males, and the body makes no effort to get rid of them as a boy develops. Males also have rudimentary breast tissue, and also have milk ducts.

And don't think that nipples are limited to only two per person. Sometimes humans have several sets too! (the extra ones are small).

B Erck



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