Well, areola, actually.
The average size of a woman’s areola is approximately 1-1/2 inches, although it can vary widely— especially with pregnancy. Much larger areola are not at all uncommon.
For men the average size is more typically less than 1 inch.
One bane of transsexual women, in their quest for a perfectly female body, is the fact that their areola rarely grow— even with hormone therapy. This hardly seems fair since young girls, upon reaching puberty, typically experience modest growth of their areola.
As a result, most transsexuals end up not only being disappointed with their less-than-average breast growth, but also with their small areola— which makes the situation seem even more unfortunate.
Of course many natal women have small areola, too, but most transsexuals don’t want to hear that. They just want their bodies to be like the majority of other women.
One reason that I believe that my body has always been ready and willing to go through female puberty is because, not only was I fortunate enough to have substantial breast growth, but I’ve also always had female sized areola.
Even as a teenager.
I was always paranoid, in gym class, when we divided the teams up into shirts and skins. I went through great pains to be sure that I always ended up on the “shirts” team.
I liked that my nipples were female sized— but I didn’t want everyone in gym class to know about it.
And when I went through female puberty, in my forties, they got even bigger.
So I ended up at the very high end of the female scale.
Of course I know that the size of one’s areola has nothing to do with femininity or womanliness— but there’s still a part of me that sees it as another bit of evidence of who I was really meant to be.
Even my endocrinologist has been surprised at how quickly and how much my body responded to hormone therapy.
I just don’t believe that it’s a coincidence.
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