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Inverted Nipples

Inverted nipple

We’re all proud owners of a pair of nipples, which vary in size and shape from person to person. Some people have nipples that are prominent enough to hang your coat on, while others have what medical professionals call “shy” nipples, which can be pulled inwards, but at other times protrude, in cold temperatures such as cold water, or as a result of massage or stimulation. However, true inverted nipples are usually present from birth and refuse to make an appearance, no matter how icy the weather or enthusiastic the massage. Men and women who have always been this way might feel self-conscious about their nipples (and women might be concerned about breastfeeding), but it isn’t usually anything to worry about. However, if you have a nipple that suddenly becomes inverted it’s important to get it checked out by your GP immediately, as it could be a sign of an underlying cancer.

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My daughter found Nipplebands, and they really helped her. Google it, it should come up. She said within 6 months her nipples were fixed. She has gone on to breast feed successfully as well.





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Hi girls, I've had inverted nipples my whole life. I am now 26 and I'm here to tell you that it's nothing to be ashamed, or embarrassed about! Really! The only time you should have surgery is if it complicates breastfeeding or anything else. Aside from that, we non-nipplers have advantages such as not having our nipples pop out of our tops (so no need for bras! lol). Seriously. You will realize how uncomfortable bras really are around the age of 25, and be glad for those inverted nipples. Maybe it was the fact that I never thought that it was a problem that helped me. I grew up accepting that I have inverted nipples and thinking nothing of it. Yeah I thought it was weird, but I heard from the doctor that it's not uncommon. My friends knew it. When they saw my breasts in the locker rooms when I was in high school, I casually just told them "yeah, they're just like this" nonchalantly. Also, it is not a problem for men. Personally, I have never encountered any man who has complained, or belittled my inverted 32A tatas. They always thought it was cute. All of them. Whether they were lovers or boyfriends. If you encounter someone who has a problem with them, remember that they're not perfect either. It's the imperfections that make us unique! You don't need to change your body to fit society's standards! Those are all made up anyway! If we were supposed to look the same, we all would. It's the imperfections that make us unique! Love your bodies ladies, for it is yours, and there is only one of you!





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I had my third son 14 months ago, I breast fed him for about 4 weeks, my nipples don't stick out anymore even during intercourse, is this due to me breast feeding my three sons as I only managed to fed them this way for about 3 to 6 weeks, I keep meaning to ask my GP but unfortunately my three boys keep me so busy... Thank you S





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What type of surgery corrects inverted nipples? Is this done by a plastic surgeon? What is the cost? I have one normal and the other inverted, all my life, 55 now, and it still drives me crazy.





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How old do you have to be to have surgury??





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I'm 14 I have inverted nipples and I really don't want no boy touching my breasts because I feel really embarrassed I don't like to take of my brush at all and when it gets cold nothing happens I was really disappointed that today I found out I have inverted nipples because I don't know how to expect my body





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I'm 16 I've had inverted nipples all my life, I was with my ex for 2 years and in that time we had sexual relations. We both knew that's my boobs were not right. I have 30E size boobs but with no nipples it's embarrassing I think my friends have noticed when I wear a tight top you cannot see my nipples and my ex has told the whole school my embarrassing situation. I know I'm not the only one but it's horrible. I've heard of surgery to for this. I was just wondering what age you can have it done? and how much it would cost? Because next time I get a boyfriend I don't want to go through the same embarrassing situation





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Could my inverted nipples be a sign of cancer? I'm 15 and have inverted nipples. I'm a size 32e and have a rather small figure. I've had inverted nipples for quite a while now, or since I've noticed them at least and they don't ever become erect. Not in the cold or anything. I know it's a stretch but breast cancer also runs in my family. And i know that inverted nipples is a symptom. I know it is very rare to have it this young, but I'm just trying to cross out all things. Having quite large breast and a small body gives me a great amount of back pain. I also have some pain above my breast near my armpits. I'm going into cosmetology so I'll be standing all day. Any ideas to help with the pain? And any ideas about the nipples and cancer?





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I'm 15 years old and I have had inverted nipples all my life. I've heard about using suction devices but I have some questions regarding them. Wear can you buy them? Are they a permanent fix or would I have to use one everyday? How much do they cost? Do I need parental permission? Also a question not related to the devices, should I tell my mother about it?





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I've had a bad habit of picking the yellow solid substances from my inverted nipples.(for around half a year I think-I've stopped now. Will this in any way harm or affect the future possibility of my inverted nipples from protruding?





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