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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'm 15 and growing up I thought that inverted nipples were what boobs looked like. In the last couple of years I have discovered otherwise. I've looked though all of these comments and I still don't understand how you can still breastfeed? I've gone through all of the tips of trying to get my "shy" nipple out but there isn't a nipple at all? I'm not sure if I should see a GP about it but I know that I definitely do not have any nipples! As I said I'm 15 and going through the boyfriend stage, I'm so self conscious of my breast. What is the best thing to do?





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SAAAAME i'm 16, but yeah, FEEL YOU

There are products out there have a look for supple cups or nipplette which draw them out. Hope this helps.

I'm 14 and female, I've had inverted nipples all my life and I feel like my breast are not growing because of it and I just wanted to know if there's anything I can do without anyone knowing I've had surgery to fix it???





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Your inverted nipples are not stopping your breath from going. I have inverted nipples and mine are still growing. You don't have to worry about that, your breast we grow throughout adolescents!

I'm male and 14 I also have this problem is there any other way of getting rid of them and how much were they.





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I have had inverted nipples for as long as I can remember and it is quite a embarrassing thing. It also stopped me from breastfeeding my son! I'm 19 now and would like to have something done to change this! Some days they will be very sensitive other days they won't be.





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I have inverted nipples, & I've been so self conscious wondering why they were like that. I recently showed my boyfriend, and he asked what's wrong with them. I it so mad I told him to go home. I'm terrified of needles, and anything even close to the word surgery. I've tried to make them normal form some tips I've found, but nothing is helping at all. They've never actually looked normal. & the skin around my nipple Is really dark brown. It's so embaressing.





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I have used the breast nipplette and it did help with the nipple for a while. Now I just use small rubber band around the nipples to keep them out. Even when they are not stimulated they are semi erected and I like that better than not being stimulated at all. So far, it is helping. Because I cannot afford to have the surgery done. I hate and mean hate the way my nipple look. Rubber bands are very cheat.





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M 14 nd my both nipples are pointing inward and I'm really worried about it because they were normal before but now they are pointimg inward...can any one please suggest me what should I do...m I suffering from breast 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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I too have inverted nipples, I'm now 49 and managed to successfully feed both my babies for over a year using a breast shield.. My midwife said she didn't think I would produce enough milk as the baby wasn't directly stimulating the nipple but she was wrong and my babies were fed very well by me. It was a little awkward at first, especially in public trying to be discreet but I soon got used to it. Another bonus was that my babies also drank expressed milk well from a bottle as they were used to the the plastic teat. Hope this help you!

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?





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