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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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Could my inverted nipples be a sign of cancer? I'm 15 and have inverted nipples. I'm a size 32e and have a rather small figure. I've had inverted nipples for quite a while now, or since I've noticed them at least and they don't ever become erect. Not in the cold or anything. I know it's a stretch but breast cancer also runs in my family. And i know that inverted nipples is a symptom. I know it is very rare to have it this young, but I'm just trying to cross out all things. Having quite large breast and a small body gives me a great amount of back pain. I also have some pain above my breast near my armpits. I'm going into cosmetology so I'll be standing all day. Any ideas to help with the pain? And any ideas about the nipples and cancer?





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I'm 15 years old and I have had inverted nipples all my life. I've heard about using suction devices but I have some questions regarding them. Wear can you buy them? Are they a permanent fix or would I have to use one everyday? How much do they cost? Do I need parental permission? Also a question not related to the devices, should I tell my mother about it?





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I've had a bad habit of picking the yellow solid substances from my inverted nipples.(for around half a year I think-I've stopped now. Will this in any way harm or affect the future possibility of my inverted nipples from protruding?





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I'm 14 and I have inverted nipples but it comes out when I get cold. I'm really self conscious about this and I was wondering if it will ever come out for good after I'm done developing. I know I should speak to my mum but I feel too embarrassed.





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Im 14 and I seem to have what I think is inverted nipples in both of my boobs for quite a long time. I've never noticed what they were until about a week ago when certain people in elder years were bullying a child for having inverted nipples and now I have them it's making me feel really self conscious. I don't think I would be able to cope with being bullied as I am already self conscious about other things on my body such as acne various moles and big lips. I haven't told anyone about this and afraid to what would be the best thing to do to get rid of them?





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I'm the same age as you and have the exact same problems tbh I think the only thing we can do is wait till we are older and have surgery x

I am 17 and I've had inverted nipples since I was born, I'm pretty sure it's genetic and I've always wondered from what side of the family I got it from because my sister and mom have normal nipples, but she never said anything to me about mine and I'm embarrassed to ask her about it. I hate them and I plan to get surgery to correct them in a couple years. When it's cold they shrink up and look way nicer, but don't stick out and never have. I took my bra off for the first time with my boyfriend and he sucked on the nipples but didn't say anything about them being inverted, I'm sure he noticed so I felt self concience, it sucks because he will feel under my bra and try to pinch the nipples to stimulate them but obviously he can't because there's nothing sticking out to grab. After the first time I took my bra off i never took it off since and I don't plan to. I guess he excepted it though because he acted normal with me after seeing them.





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I'm the same age and never had sex with my bra off, guys say it doesn't matter but I always feel like they're taboo.

i am 22 years old now, and it feels like hell having a small breast and with an inverted nipple as well. i am really worried about this situation i had for a very long time.i always feel so insecure seeing other girls having a perfect one. i'm hopeless..can you please advice me what to do .? since i still don't have a money for any medical consultation as of now.





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The best thing to do is just live with it. No one really has to know about them except you. Just keep it a secret until you can afford surgery if that's what you truly want. You can also learn to accept the way your body is, and be happy with it. I know it's difficult, especially feeling like you're not normal since we have inverted nipples. I know that I won't be happy with my breasts until I have surgery to correct my nipples.

I'm fifteen and I've had inverted nipples ever since I was born. They never come out. The only time one has ever come out if when this guy sucked on one. I was so amazed, but it's never happened again. I've been thinking about surgery ever since I was 13, but I didn't know if I would still be able to breast-feed when the time comes. So, in short; is there hope that my nipples will be normal and if not and I get surgery will I still be able to breast-feed?





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You should use the Advent Nipplette. It works most of the time, and its a natural and harmless way of treating inverted nipple. My girlfriend had inverted nipple and she was always conscious and ashamed of her body until i helped her out with the advent nipplette. Now she's got normal protruding nipples. Chances are if your nipples come out when you're a bit cold or when they are stimulated in any way either by touch or someone suckling on them, then the advent nipplette will work for you. just a matter of 1 or 2 weeks of use. PS- it is not a drug of any kind.

Consider having them pierced, theres a chance it could help. I have *very* mildly inverted nipples, they just go completely flat/seamless, and the teat has become raised since I had them pierced. If thats too severe an option, maybe consider "nipple suction" devices designed to solve unwanted inverted nipples.

Like many of the above I was wondering where the young lady I think her name was Carly with the inverted nipples had her breast done. Was hoping to do the same with breast feeding, and her boobs looked great after x





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Hi, im 20 and my nipples have always been normal but just recently my left nipple has inverted, if I squeeze it slitely (doesn't hurt) then it goes back to normal for a an hour or so then goes back to being inverted again, as my nipples have always been normal this is worrying me abit, is this normal or should I be worried and get it checked out?





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I too have them and was very self conscious of my body but now, i say you have to work for the prize!! nothing to be ashamed about!

i think you should definetely get it checked out x





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