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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.

Watch the Live from the Clinic interactive case video on inverted nipples >

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Geeeez, i thought i was the only one with iverted nipples but now i see im not, im 21 n always have had inverted nipples im not reallu happy about it but ugh watever i rather be real than fake :)





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I've allways had inverted nipples, r all inverted nipples a bad thing?





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these posts have seriously helped so much. it is nice to know I am not alone. I have never told anyone about my inverted nipples and I am 19 and am super scared about any man seeing my breasts because i feel as if men get aroused with the nipples. but thanks so much for these posts I feel more confident and less alone.





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How old do you have to be to have surgery and also how much does it cost? I'm almost 20 and reading all these comments from girls as young as 14 is so horrible to see, i became aware and conscious of mine when i was about 17 and hated them. My boyfriend now doesn't think anythings wrong with them but i would love to have surgery for my own good. All you girls that are younger and that your boyfriends and partners make a joke out of you and act immature about it are making a fool out of themselves. I'm 100% comfortable with my boyfriend now and happily take my bra off with him. I was just wondering is the surgery long/painful/expensive? Think most people are wondering the same thing. Cheers x





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Did you try Nipplebands. Go to Nipplebands.com and see if its something that can help. Dont get surgery.

I have had 1 inverted nipple for the past 10 years. Other nipple is normal. What's up and can I rectify this?





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Hi I am 39 years old and the last year my left nipple has been inverted it does not come out at all not even through massage. The last few weeks it has become quite uncomfortable and there has been a little white discharge. Is this common or not I won't even let my husband look at me with no top on anymore.





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Order the nippleband. It works!! I used it.

Hey if you haven't already I really reccommend seeing a doctor about this, as it sounds this inverted nipple has just appeared and could be a symptom of a more serious problem!

So glad I've read this :)





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I don't have inverted nipples. Quite the opposite. My nipples seem 'puffy', that is the only way that I can describe it. The areola is the same level as the nipple itself, although when I am cold, the nipple clearly stands out. It is making me self conscious because I have quite pointy breasts and they kind of point to the sides so I have no cleavage, just breasts (if that makes sense?) Is this normal? I am 16 by the way and I am a 32B bra size. Thank you x





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I also have 'puffy' nipples but I've always thought it to be normal. Just thought you'd want to know your not the only one. x

Google search: Tuberous Breasts. What you are describing sounds like that. But perhaps yours are not as extreme.

Is there anything that I can buy to sort my inverted nipples out please help





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Advice:- Don't pick the little yellow substance out from your inverted nipple hole as if you leave it there, attached, it eventually turns pink and into part of a permanent nipple. Then another yellow substance will form, then another etc. As a young girl I used to pick it out but then discovered in my adult years if I left it there and was very patient, over months/years it converted to nipple and eventually enough formed to fill up the entire hole with nipple tissue so that rather than a hole, I was at least flat but slightly raised. Amazing. I just read someone else on here asking if it would lesson their chance of normal nipples by picking it out, so realised I'm not the only one who had it. It does turn into nipple tissue and bit by bit, fills up the hole.





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I used to get that yellow stuff and pick it out. I never knew to leave it . Really good to know, thanks

Hi I am fourteen and I am not sure what is wrong with my nipples they bleed sometimes and get itchy but like u said I left them and now they are forming into normal nipples i sometimes get flaky skin in my bra from them but its stopping and I have no colour around the out side of them I have no one to talk to about this please help me thanx xx





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