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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'm 28 and have had inverted nipples since birth, nothing brings them out. I can't take my bra off when I'm intimate with my husband as I'm so embarrassed, I just hate my nipples





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I'm 22 almost 23 just gave birth to my second child, I've never had a problem with inverted nipples before, but my left nipple has started inverting. I coax it back out but 5 minutes later it goes back in, this has been happening for about 3 weeks now. My son is almost 12 weeks.





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I have inverted nipples, they are both inverted, i am extremely embarrassed as they do not look normal, i don't like doing anything that doesn't involve a bra. They have NEVER come out, are there any home methods? I am desperate, please tell me anything and everything i can do.





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I had them from birth and they caused me major confidence issues in life when getting changed to going top less on a beach and showing my breasts in intimate situations. I eventually plucked up the courage and went to my GP who told me I could not get any correction surgery on the NHS as it was cosmetic even though it was affecting me drastically. I paid privately to have surgery to have my ducts snipped as it was them that where keeping them inverted as they where short. The first op was good but eventually they went back so the surgeon took me back in and snipped them all and placed a permanent stitch in. ( no extra charge). They are as perky as ever and the stitch on one came out. It made a massive impact on me personally. I still however never tell anyone I had them even my husband I found it just embarrassing. It was money well spent.

I'm 17, i have one inverted nipple and this breast is slightly larger than the other, is this normal?! Ive had it since I can remember but it just worries me as I have researched into it and all that comes back is the concern of breast cancer!





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I'm 23 one child both flat/ inverted nipples they come out for about 5 secs when I take my bra off to change. I can't have sex without a bra on nor could I breast feed. Considering surgery as it's affecting my sex life with my long term partner





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I am 18 years old and I have inverted nipples; they have never come out. At first I was self-conscious about them, I used to keep on my top through sexual encounters. I realised how shocked I was at the responses that people gave me when I said that I had inverted nipples, no one seemed to make it into such a big deal like I had, in fact, an individual had actually replied "yeah, so?". For me, accepting the fact that I couldn't change it was a big deal, and I still do sometimes get self-conscious about it when an individual mentions "nipples", but you just have to hold your head up and embrace the uniqueness of your body.





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im 27 and I have 1 inverted nipple. I have 2 children and both pregnancies my nipple never came out and I was unable to breastfeed off that side both times as baby couldn't latch on which resulted in a breast abcess. ive tried using nipple shields and suction cups but my nipple never stays out. is there anything that actually works or do you think surgery is the way to go. after feeding 2babies from just one breast one nipple is permanently out and the other is not- its very unbalanced and getting me down.





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I'm 23 and have had inverted nipples since birth. They have been a constant source of worry for me because I'm so self concious of them. I've tried the nipplette which hasn't seemed to have any affect at all... So I'm now considering corrective surgery. I have seen some great results from this on tv, however I've read on here that it can be bad for you or not even work. What's the best thing to do when they make my self confidence so low?





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Have you been able to get the nipple to pop out at all? Is it both nipples

Hi,i'm 43 and have had inverted nipples since birth. I had an operation to try to correct this which didn't work. I ended up getting lots of infections and breast abscesses, and now have a lot of significant scars around my areolas. I now wish I had not had the operation as they look worse than before.

IM 23yrs and i have no nipples at all always since birth or from the time i have notice.im vri thin ma weight is 45kg. is their any serious problem.im not married and stil vrigin





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I am 27 and I have a inverted nipple and I have had 5 kids and its still not come out and I really get embarrassed about it and would like to know how I can make it come out





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