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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 don't have inverted nipples. Quite the opposite. My nipples seem 'puffy', that is the only way that I can describe it. The areola is the same level as the nipple itself, although when I am cold, the nipple clearly stands out. It is making me self conscious because I have quite pointy breasts and they kind of point to the sides so I have no cleavage, just breasts (if that makes sense?) Is this normal? I am 16 by the way and I am a 32B bra size. Thank you x





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Is there anything that I can buy to sort my inverted nipples out please help





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Advice:- Don't pick the little yellow substance out from your inverted nipple hole as if you leave it there, attached, it eventually turns pink and into part of a permanent nipple. Then another yellow substance will form, then another etc. As a young girl I used to pick it out but then discovered in my adult years if I left it there and was very patient, over months/years it converted to nipple and eventually enough formed to fill up the entire hole with nipple tissue so that rather than a hole, I was at least flat but slightly raised. Amazing. I just read someone else on here asking if it would lesson their chance of normal nipples by picking it out, so realised I'm not the only one who had it. It does turn into nipple tissue and bit by bit, fills up the hole.





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I used to get that yellow stuff and pick it out. I never knew to leave it . Really good to know, thanks

Hi I am fourteen and I am not sure what is wrong with my nipples they bleed sometimes and get itchy but like u said I left them and now they are forming into normal nipples i sometimes get flaky skin in my bra from them but its stopping and I have no colour around the out side of them I have no one to talk to about this please help me thanx xx

hi i have a 13 yr old boy that as noticed that is nipples are sticking out and quite big they have a lump behind them. He's getting embarrassed and want take his top off and refusing to go to school he is really upset about it because he is getting teased about it please help





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Hi there, Just take him to the doctor's and have them examine him, don't fret about what it could be, but get it checked out before it worsens even more.

My daughter found Nipplebands, and they really helped her. Google it, it should come up. She said within 6 months her nipples were fixed. She has gone on to breast feed successfully as well.





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Hi girls, I've had inverted nipples my whole life. I am now 26 and I'm here to tell you that it's nothing to be ashamed, or embarrassed about! Really! The only time you should have surgery is if it complicates breastfeeding or anything else. Aside from that, we non-nipplers have advantages such as not having our nipples pop out of our tops (so no need for bras! lol). Seriously. You will realize how uncomfortable bras really are around the age of 25, and be glad for those inverted nipples. Maybe it was the fact that I never thought that it was a problem that helped me. I grew up accepting that I have inverted nipples and thinking nothing of it. Yeah I thought it was weird, but I heard from the doctor that it's not uncommon. My friends knew it. When they saw my breasts in the locker rooms when I was in high school, I casually just told them "yeah, they're just like this" nonchalantly. Also, it is not a problem for men. Personally, I have never encountered any man who has complained, or belittled my inverted 32A tatas. They always thought it was cute. All of them. Whether they were lovers or boyfriends. If you encounter someone who has a problem with them, remember that they're not perfect either. It's the imperfections that make us unique! You don't need to change your body to fit society's standards! Those are all made up anyway! If we were supposed to look the same, we all would. It's the imperfections that make us unique! Love your bodies ladies, for it is yours, and there is only one of you!





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Thanks for the info me too I have inverted breast all my life but I don't find it embarrassing, men that I met finds it sexy am in my mid thirties now am always going to be happy of my inverted breast.

I had my third son 14 months ago, I breast fed him for about 4 weeks, my nipples don't stick out anymore even during intercourse, is this due to me breast feeding my three sons as I only managed to fed them this way for about 3 to 6 weeks, I keep meaning to ask my GP but unfortunately my three boys keep me so busy... Thank you S





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What type of surgery corrects inverted nipples? Is this done by a plastic surgeon? What is the cost? I have one normal and the other inverted, all my life, 55 now, and it still drives me crazy.





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How old do you have to be to have surgury??





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I'm 14 I have inverted nipples and I really don't want no boy touching my breasts because I feel really embarrassed I don't like to take of my brush at all and when it gets cold nothing happens I was really disappointed that today I found out I have inverted nipples because I don't know how to expect my body





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