Hickeys are typically seen as a good thing, especially when you just start a new relationship, unless you’re doing the walk of shame the next morning and are trying to hide them. We can do some pretty strange things during sex, up to and including biting each other in wrong places. The resulting bruises from these bites are called hickeys and, aside from that, you probably don’t know much about them.
As mentioned, they are nothing but bruises that you get while you are making love. In the throes of passion, people tend to nibble or bite the sensitive spots on the body, such as the neck, the collarbone, or the inner thighs, in order to provide extra pleasure to the person on the receiving end of it. You might think that giving a hickey is tough business, especially since it bruises so badly. However, that is not the case.
The layer of skin immediately beneath the surface contains a lot of capillaries (tiny blood vessels) which break when too much pressure is put on them, like with your teeth, for example. The skin becomes red and swollen and no blood comes out, but as the days progress, it becomes reddish purple and finally turns into a disgusting yellow blotch on your skin. As good as getting a hickey sounds, the repercussions are not as pleasant as you think.
Here are 6 things that you definitely did not know about a hickey.
1. You could be iron deficient