In a world where women in the public eye seem to be perfect, it's easy to feel like all your little quirks means something is wrong with your body. However, there are quite a number of
"weird" things about your body that are actually really normal — most women just don't tend to talk about them. Some things might seem too personal, or others you may have just never thought to compare with your friends, but you can rest assured knowing that your body is totally fine just the way it is.
"The truth is, there are many reasons why we might not fully understand what is normal and not normal," says
family physician Dr. Jen Caudle over email. "One of the most important reasons it is hard to know what is normal or not is that everyone's body is different, and what one person has, another might not. But it doesn't mean that it isn't normal."
There's no use stressing out over something that is totally benign and common, especially since a trip to webmd.com can easily freak you out. If you're questioning certain aspects of your body and feeling a little worried, rest assured that these 10 "weird" things about your body are actually very normal.
Don't be alarmed if your breasts aren't exactly the same size — in fact, in most women, they are almost always slightly different. "Sometimes they can be very different sizes and shapes," says
Donnica L. Moore, MD over email. "This is normal."
It's not often you compare your labia with other women, but all labia look completely different, and they can often be asymmetrical. "These can not only be different sizes per side, but your internal labia (the labia minora) can be larger than your external labia (the labia majora)," says Moore. "Labia can also come in different colors than your skin color, ranging from pinkish to brownish, reddish, or purplish."
"Many women have inverted nipples and it isn't necessarily a problem," says Caudle. "This is actually normal if your nipples have always been indented and pop out routinely when touched." However, if your nipples start to go inward and this is new, or they don't come out when stimulated, make sure to see your doctor right away, as this could be a sign of something like breast cancer.
"Many feel that having a discharge is 'not normal,'" says Caudle. "On the contrary, vaginal discharge is normal and it has a purpose: it cleans and moistens the vagina and helps prevent infections. And it is normal that your discharge changes throughout your cycle (color and amount)." You should only worry if your discharge suddenly seems abnormal.
Ear wax isn't pleasant, but it's a totally normal part of our bodily functions. "I know you're thinking 'Eeeeeeeew," but the truth is, ear wax is perfectly normal, and it's good because it serves as a protector for our ear canal and ear drum," says Caudle.
If you've got acne past your teenage years, you're not alone. "Many women think adult acne on the face and body is not normal," says
dermatologist Dr. Ava Shamban over email. "However, this can be a common occurrence. This may occur from poor skin hygiene, medical conditions, or hormonal imbalances."
Let's not forget that body hair is normal — and serves a purpose. "Many women think it's abnormal to have hair in their noses," says Shamban. "However these hairs are necessary to filter out allergens and dust from the environment."
Tiny Red Dots On Face & Body
"Many people think those tiny, cherry red dots on their face and body are not normal," says Shamban. "However, these are called angiomas, or broken capillaries, which are completely normal and benign."
They are often genetic, but they’ve also been linked to pregnancy, exposure to chemicals, and climate, according to healthline.com.
"I frequently see patients come into my office worried they have early signs of diabetes because they are urinating every few hours night and day," says
Dr. Robert Huizenga over email. "A full analysis reveals these folks may just be drinking excessive water, and the frequent urination is the body's appropriate method of disposing of this excess ingested liquid." Unless you are experiencing other symptoms, there's no need to worry about using the bathroom often, especially if you drink a lot of water.
"Mass" Below The Armpit
Feeling a mass around the chest area sends a lot of women into a panic, but not all "lumps" are cancer. "Not infrequently, normal breast tissue extends into the armpit regions, and normal breast tissue, including fibrocystic masses, can be noted," says Huizenga. "Lumps associated with fibrocystic breast tissue are usually tender and fluctuate with the menstrual cycle."