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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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I have had inverted nipples all my life and I can explain it like is my Nipple is a very odd coliflour shape when out, and produces white discharge and smells like strong what could it be? It only happened after trying to breast feed my son.





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I didn't realise that 'inverted nipples' were a thing until now and I am 8 months pregnant and planning to breastfeed, is there any way of helping them to come out so i can have an easier time breastfeeding? thanks





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Ive always had inverted nipples and wanted to get them fixed sooner but had to wait till i was 18. The thought of getting surgery is quite daunting at first, but it's something ive just recently had done and can say from experience the procedure is so quick and easy. I'm so glad I got them done cause before i used to be self conscious about them but i couldnt be any happier now. I did quite a bit of research of where to go and found Aurora-clincs who were great! They've got a website you should check out if any of you are thinking about getting it done http://aurora-clinics.co.uk/blog/breast-2/inverted-nipples/inverted-nipple-surgery-right-age/ hope this helps anyone :)





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i was just wondering did you have to pay for it because im 14 and i want to et the surgery done quick and fase

Yeah I have inverted nipples and funny enough I didn't even know it was a thing until I reached 17 and this was only 3 months ago! Ever since then I have been feeling so self conscious and considering nipple piercing as I can't wait until I'm 18 to get them fixed. Has anyone got them pierced at all?

I see why you would be embarrassed about inverted nipples as long as it's not sore or cancerous love yourself





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I honestly don't know why we make such a big deal about inverted nipples, there is no reason to be ashamed or Embarrassed by them. Really, who's to say whats "Normal"? My moms nipples were inverted, and I inherited this from her, but I own them. and I love them, because they make me, me. My mom was able to breastfeed with me, and I should be able to too when the time comes. and for those who are worried about your sex life, or how partners will react to your nipples: A, Boobs are boobs, and guys don't really care one way or another. B, Orgasmic Nipple stimulation anyone? inverted nipples tend to be more sensitive, which means you can have more fun with them.





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how much does this surgery cost and if your under 18 do you still need to pay?





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If you're under 18, there's no way a professional surgeon will even operate on you so clear that out of your head asap

Hi am 21 and I have inverted nipples and it's embarrassing I don't show them to nobody. Please can you help me





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i have them too and im 14 i want surgery but i havent told my parents i do get embaresed about it but i do believe the do nipple reconstruction surgery but it ti soimething that has to be paied for.

I have inverted nipples. I am 17 yo and I am conscious about going to the doctor or telling my mum as I am embarrassed. Can someone help please. What can be done to make them 'normal'??





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You can try things to correct them, but in the end, nothing will make them look like models in magazines. I just look at it this way: 'I won't have them for long, I'l be trading what I have for falsies as I have BRCA1 gene. Do what makes YOU feel confident and good about yourself. Men love a woman comfortable in her own skin.

You can try things to correct them, but in the end, nothing will make them look like models in magazines. I just look at it this way: 'I won't have them for long, I'l be trading what I have for falsies as I have BRCA1 gene. Do what makes YOU feel confident and good about yourself. Men love a woman comfortable in her own skin.

I'm 19, and i have the same probleme , i don't feel embarrassed, i actually feel kinda scared , that it might be some kida sickness or something . i just hope it's not effecting my health !

I Have had breast enlargment and I have invertef nipples from birth. I would like toknow if I can use a suction pump for my nipples.





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You can, but the process can be painful. I have even heard of women getting piercings to stop their "shyness". If your girls are able to come out to play, you really shouldn't be burdened feeling your not attractive. You could get surgery, but it is costly and from experience from a previous op, I can honestly say, you may lose almost all sensation and feeling in that region. I had my op in 2009 and 6 years on and I still have problems. It's up to you, either embrace it, or check out the possible side affects. Hope this helps. :-)

I noticed about 6 months ago that one of my nipples had turned inverted, I thought it would just go back to normal but it didn’t and I started to get quite insecure about it. About a couple months ago I did a lot of research online about who to go to as I was worried about getting surgery.. I didn’t want to go to just any clinic! I came across www.aurora-clinics.co.uk and booked my consultation with them, they were so reassuring and really professional! Since then i've had my nipple corrected and it didn’t last any more than half an hour. I couldn't recommend aurora enough and they've given me so much more confidence. I would say if youre worried about getting it done, its totally worth it and it'll give you so much confidence. I hope this helps :)





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Did you have to pay to get it done and if so do you know how much?:)

hey ella, yeah I had to pay for it.. here is a link to the website that has all the costs. http://www.aurora-clinics.co.uk/breast-surgery/inverted-nipple-correction/cost/ hope this helps

so you did have the inverted nipple corrected? have you had any problems since then and did you lose any feeling? after pregnancy, my one nipple has become completely inverted. I hate it and it probably wouldn't bother me if it wasn't just the one side. Im very scared to get any kind of surgery so I was wondering how your surgery went. since my nipple became inverted I get infections in the nipple, im pretty sure its periductal mastitis. im worried I will have promblems later. thank you.





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