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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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im 15 yrs. old i have inverted nipple to im just courios because my left side is inverted and the other side have a small nipple .. what should i do ??





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Hiya I'm 26 and I have two inverted nipples, is there anything I can do about it please? As I've very embrassed about them. Thanks





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I'm currently 18 years old and have always had an inverted nipple. But recently its been sore and tender, now I don't know if its something I should be worried about or if its just my nipple trying to come out? Help would be totally reassuring. Thank you.





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I dont knw is it a symptom of breast cancer or not...after touching my nipple are suddenly my nipples gets inverted...after some tym it it gets back to the normal....plz let me knw abt dis...I m a 26 yrs old girl





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I have one inverted nipple that's never protruded and is constantly been inverted since development, I am now 18 and find it really embarrassing I was wondering if anyone knew of any none surgical treatments that are effective?





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Hi my name is tabbee and I am 22 and I have had inverted nipples for Almost 17 years of my life will I still be able to breast feed My baby after its born





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hi i am 17. I have rili small breasts pointing to d sides which is really annoying and embarrassing at d same time cause all my friends have pointy and full breasts. I also have inverted nipples...are there any chances of me getting bigger breasts and is there anytin i can do??





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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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