Do you know what female milk glands look like? Most of us have seen images of the male muscular system, but few of us have seen pictures of the female muscular system. As expected, it’s a natural marvel.
The Twitter user @lemonadead recently shared a photo of the female muscle system, which highlighted the appearance of milk ducts beneath the skin.
Ever since, the Internet has been going crazy and no one can believe the image is real. The Tweet has been shared over 45,000 times.
Not only does this viral image help educate the world on the incredibleness of women’s bodies, but it also leads us to wonder how we’ve never seen it before!
Human bodies in general are incredible powerhouses. For instance, did you know your brain’s memory capacity is comparable to over 4 terabytes? And that your eyes can identify 10 million unique colors? It’s true!
What does the female breast consist of?
The breast is the tissue that sits over the chest muscles, also known as the pectoral muscles. The specialized tissue in a woman’s breast is capable of producing milk. The milk-producing aspect of the breast is classified into 15 to 20 sections, known as lobes.
To be more specific, it is the mammary gland that produces milk and causes lactation.
A woman can’t produce milk all of the time – instead, her body must be producing the right hormones to spark the reaction. These hormones include progesterone and prolactin, both of which are released during pregnancy.
During pregnancy, the production of progesterone interferers with prolactin, thus preventing the mammary glands from lactating.
At this time, a pre-milk substance referred to as colostrum is produced, it is rich in antibodies and nutrients. It can sustain an infant throughout his or her first few days of life.
Following childbirth, progesterone levels dip down while prolactin levels increase. As a result, the mammary glands begin lactating.
Each time your baby drinks breast milk, your body signals the mammary glands to produce more milk.
By the time a woman reaches menopause, the tissues within the ductile system turn fibrous and degenerate. The mammary gland then shrinks and loses its ability to produce milk.
Society teaches us to hate our bodies – to want bigger or smaller breasts. But regardless of size or shape, all breasts are capable of producing milk, which is exactly what they are intended for.
As far as animals are concerned, most male mammals have rudimentary mammary glands and nipples, but there are some exceptions. For instance, male horses and male mice lack nipples and mammary glands.
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Other fascinating facts about the female body:
The average uterus is a tiny thing, measuring at around 3 inches long and 2 inches wide. That quickly changes when a woman becomes pregnant.
The uterus expands all the way to the navel by 20 weeks pregnant.
By 36 weeks pregnant, the uterus has grown to reach the lower edge of the rib cage.
Today, we have all kinds of ways to handle our monthly menstrual cycles, from pads to tampons to pills that stop periods all together. Yet, in the “good old days” women weren’t so lucky.
Some common items used included paper in ancient Japan and softened papyrus in Ancient Egypt. Boy, oh boy, it is good to be a modern woman!
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According to Tomi-Ann Roberts, a psychologist at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, bringing people “out of the closest” could help reduce much of the mystery surrounding the female reproductive cycle.
So, start talking about your period – it’s nothing to be ashamed of!
Even Walt Disney talked about menstruation as far back as 1946 when they produced a film called “The Story of Menstruation” for health classes in school. The film was made in collaboration with Kimberly-Clark, producer of Kotex products.
Need more reason to love being a woman? The average female orgasm lasts longer than even the best male orgasm. In large part, that’s because the female clitoris has far more nerve endings.
There’s no need to fear your flower-shipped mammary glands – embrace them, they are beautiful, just like you!