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Inverted Nipples

Inverted nipple

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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 since I was little and doctors keep telling me it's normal and nothing to worry about I've had 2 children and tried to breastfeed them but no amount of stimulation changes the position of my nipples





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II 'have an inverted on the left hand side I have had it since a teen I had one son i'v tried using the nipplette and my book just will not come out it itches a lot I find it awful and inbarassing

I would say I have grade one inverted nipples or 'shy' nipples which come out if cold or aroused. However when they come out there is a significant change to the size of the areola (the bigger circle). If the nipple comes out it seems the areola shrinks to about 2.5cm diameter but when relaxed it is about 4.5 cm and as if it is swollen, not flat like I have seen in all other cases. Can anyone tell me if they have heard of or seen this before? p.s. they have been like this for years and no pain so it is not an infection etc.





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I have the same problem, one nipple is normal however the other is slightly inverted and only comes out from time to time. Do you have any ideas on how to help the nipple protrude?

i am 13 i have inverted nipples would they come out any time soon or do i get surgery?





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I'm 17, and both my nipples are inverted. They've never been erect or 'come out', whether it's cold or if they're being caressed. Even when they've been sucked on or I've massaged them, nothing changes. I think I've had it from birth. Should I be worried and is there anything I can do to change it?





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I'm 21 and hate my nipples. They are both inverted & will come out if it is cold, but retract after about a minute. Ive tried niplette/supple cups which pull out the nipple but they don't cause permanent results and also stretch around the areola.. running out of ideas as I don't see surgery as an option :/





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does piercing inverted nipples cause them to stay out permanently?





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I'm 20 now but ever since I was 14 my breasts have been the same size and I used to be a size 16 now a 12 I don't know if it's cos I lost all that weight that it's messed my hormones up or something? And my nipples don't come out unless I'm cold or they're erected otherwise they just look like the big oval which is a big confidence drainer cos I think they look ugly when they're not erected cos how big the whole oval is compared to my breasts I've been to the doctors but they don't listen to me and just tell me not to worry but they never even looked at my breasts I don't know what to do or what to think cos I'm worried they have stopped growing and my nipples are not right





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I'm 27 and my left nipple has started to be inverted at times is this normal or should I be worried





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I am 22 and have inverted nipples. I always thought it was a little weird but I never asked anyone about it because it's an embarassing topic. I recently learned that inverted nipples were actually very common and I started doing my own research. For those of you (especially teenagers) considering surgery I encourage you to take time to do your own research about the long term effects of the surgery. Several studies have shown that the surgery to physically "correct" your nipples can damage your milk production and make it impossible to produce milk. If you want to be a mother at any point in your life I would caution you to reconsider your choice to have cosmetic surgery. This is a lifetime decision that you are making for you and your future children. Your breasts were designed to give your future children nutrients which is a beautiful and spectacular gift. I am not denying that they also serve a purpose in arousal,but their primary purpose is a beautiful thing in itself and should not be looked past. As a side note... if you are embarrassed to show someone else your breasts or worried about how a boy may respond the easiest thing to do is not show anyone until they have proven themselves to be worthy and caring of you and your emotions. Anyone who is just "enjoying the show" should never be given the power to tear you down. Each persons' breasts are different and having inverted nipples is just as common as having an "inny or outy" bellybutton. It does not make your breasts less beautiful.





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Im 14 and ive got an inverted nipple and I don't know what to do about it





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