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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Inverted Nipples

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What are common causes of inverted nipples?

What are common causes of inverted nipples?

Many causes: Inverted nipples maybe natural. Maybe due to previous episodes of infection/mastitis, physiological or secondary to an underlying malignancy. If you have noted inversion of your nipple, you need to have an evaluation by a health care provider experienced in breast care. Breast cancer needs to be ruled out. ...Read more

Nipple (Definition)

A nipple also known mammary papilla or teat is a small projection of skin containing the outlets for 15–20 lactiferous ducts. Its at the apex or top or breast ...Read more


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What could be the cause of inverted nipples?

What could be the cause of inverted nipples?

Multiple causes: Some women have naturally inverted nipples. If the nipples are normally everted and become inverted, there is more concern. One common cause is repeated episodes of infection/inflammation (periductal mastitis) which over time causes scarring and nipple inversion. Breast cancers also can result in nipple inversion/retraction. Therefore it is important to have an evaluation by a breast specialist. ...Read more

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What causes inverted nipples?

What causes inverted nipples?

Multiple causes: Inversion of nipple can happen physiologically. In this situation you should be able to evert it by manipulation. If inversion is more fixed and constant but long atanding, it may be due to previous episodes of infection or mastitis. If it is more recent and progressive there is cause for concern. Since it may be due to an underlying malignancy. So, if you notice a new change in your nipple such as inversion, irritation or discharge you definitely need to have a medical evaluation. ...Read more

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What causes inverted nipples in women?

What causes inverted nipples in women?

Causation: Causes :
inverted nipple is not medically harmful and is quite common. Hereditary is the major cause for inverted nipple since for many women it is inherited by birth. However this kind of shy nipple can be pulled out through stimulation or proper massage when she becomes pregnant. Actual reason for inheriting inverted nipple is the underlying tissues and ligaments of the breast. ...Read more

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What causes someone to have inverted nipples?

Many causes: Inverted nipples may be natural if you have had them for a long time. Many times previous episoded of infection or matitis in the area behind the nipple will result in scarring and pulling the nipple inward. Breast cancer is also one of the causes. Therefore it is recommended to have your breast checked by a breast care specialist to rule out (or confirm) possiblity of an underlying cancer. ...Read more

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What can cause a female to have inverted nipples?

What can cause a female to have inverted nipples?

Genes, may be: If you are discovering it now, ask the female how long has she noticed these to be the case. While there are some medical medical conditions, like obesity, sagging breasts etc. In majority of cases it is genetically determined. In some cases stimulation can cause nipples to revert to normal position and the problem can affect one or both sides. ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me what causes a female to have inverted nipples?

Inverted nipples: Inverted nipples may be a normal condition at birth, or may be due to blocked milk ducts or old age. If inversion appears suddenly breast cancer may be a cause ...Read more

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What causes inverted nipple discharge? I have a clear color. It's been going on for over 5 years straight.

What causes inverted nipple discharge? I have a clear color. It's been going on for over 5 years straight.

Nipple discharge: Nipple discharge can be normal for some. In general, white, milky, yellow and green can be normal. Blood or a brownish color can suggest a more serious condition.
If this is a new finding, you should contact your doctor for evaluation. I recommend you mention it to your gyn on the next visit. In your age, it is probably hormone related. ...Read more

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I think I have inverted nipples. Will this cause any problems?

Not usually, but may: Inverted nipples can create a problem during breastfeeding by making it more difficult for the baby to properly latch. In some cases, they are also more prone to injury of the nipple surface. Even if the nipples don’t evert on their own, this characteristic should not prevent most women from successfully breastfeeding their children. ...Read more

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Inverted nipples what causes them can it happen due in pregnancy?

Tethering: Sometimes in pregnancy the breasts become engorged, however the ductal tissue does not stretch completely. This causes the nipple itself to be pulled inward relative to the engorgement of the tissue around it. However with some types of cancer skin and nipple retraction can be seen. If there are no masses palpable it is unlikely that there is any cancer however it is best to have this examined. ...Read more

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I have a small black scab on left nipple with no pain or noticeable discharge. I am 66 and have always had inverted nipples. Is this cause for concern?

I have a small black scab on left nipple with no pain or noticeable discharge. I am 66 and have always had inverted nipples. Is this cause for concern?

In the presence of: Nomral mammograms, low probability that this a malignancy. It will likely resolve, if concerned or it is becoming worse have a low threshold to get examined. You don't want someone over the internet giving you the all clear, obviously, good luck. ...Read more

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If a woman is flat chested, have fluffy inverted nipples, can she breastfeed? What caused this besides genetics? Women in the family have usual breasts.

If a woman is flat chested, have fluffy inverted nipples, can she breastfeed? What caused this besides genetics? Women in the family have usual breasts.

Breast feeding: Despite having small beasts, the glandular elements to produce milk should still function normally and allow you to breast-feed. Inverted nipples sometimes cause a problem with the infant being able to suckle but breast-feeding is still possible. I would recommend seeing a lactation nurse for some tricks and advice. ...Read more

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What is mastitis, what causes it and can a 18 year old have it? I have inverted nipples and breast firmness

Mastitis: Mastitis is inflammation of the breast glandular tissue. Most commonly it is seen in lactating women in whom due to inadequate milk evacuation and superimposing infection an inflammation develops. Otherwise, mastitis is not that common. Traumas to the nipples (piercing, excessive rubbing, etc.) may potentially predispose to mastitis but those are much less frequent than in cases of lactation. ...Read more

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How to fix inverted nipples?

How to fix inverted nipples?

Breast feeding shell: If you have inverted nipples and plan to breast feed it is best to begin to draw the nipples out well before delivery. There are simple stretches that your pediatrician or lactation consultant can teach you. Wearing special breast feeding shells before delivery can also help. Breast feeding suction also draw the nipple out. Don't wait, start before delivery-to give your infant an easy latch on. ...Read more

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Are inverted nipples common?

Inverted Nipples: It is common if you have always had an inverted nipple then it is usually caused by shotened milk ducts and internal fibrous tissue. If it is a new finding then see your doctor as it may represent a malignancy.
To correc this, I recommend trying a non surgical approach called the nipplette. It is a suction device that works for most women. It can be found on line and you do not need a prescription. ...Read more

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Inverted nipples how to correct?

Rule out pathology: First and foremost, see a doctor to evaluate. Have a mammogram and ultrasound. If there are benign findings, or, if chronic, there are procedures to correct. The results of these procedures are relatively modest. Always rule out pathology first. ...Read more

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What to do about inverted nipples?

Inverted nipples: It is not uncommon to have inverted nipples. They are a variant of normal and it usually will not cause any problems. Many women can even breast feed their babies without any problems. ...Read more

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How can you cure inverted nipples?

Can't: They are not a disease, but a normal variety of what people look like - about 10 percent of people. So just feel special. ...Read more

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How to make my inverted nipples point?

How to make my inverted nipples point?

No-surgery v surgery: There are a variety of approaches for treating inverted nipples beginning with a nipple aspirator or nipplette device proceeding to nipple piercing and then to duct preserving techniques and lastly to duct transection. These are listed in increasing order of severity the last procedure most likely to compromise the ability of lactate and nurse. ...Read more

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What can be done for inverted nipples?

Inverted nipples: Plastic surgery can protract inverted nipples but may prevent ability to breast feed. If the nipples is able to protract then sometimes piercing jewelry can keep it in a protracted state. Some woman who breast feed may experience protraction that remains. ...Read more

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What to do if I have inverted nipples?

Female?: Not to worry, they should evert if you breast feed. ...Read more

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I want to know about inverted nipples?

I want to know about inverted nipples?

No-surgery v surgery: There are a variety of approaches for treating inverted nipples beginning with a nipple aspirator or nipplette device proceeding to nipple piercing and then to duct preserving techniques and lastly to duct transection. These are listed in increasing order of severity the last procedure most likely to compromise the ability of lactate and nurse. ...Read more

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What do men think of inverted nipples?

What do men think of inverted nipples?

Personal choice: This is something that you will need to discuss with your partner. Men have different likes and dislikes. It is important to make sure there is not reason for the inverted nipples (is this new, one or both?). ...Read more

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How to remove inverted nipples (male)?

Male nipples: Some nipples are inverted by development, it is normal. If it becomes inverted as a new change, then that is of concern and you should seek a doctor.
Otherwise plastic surgeon if unhappy with the look. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have inverted nipples?

Inverted nipples ok: It is normal if your nipples have been inverted chronically. Inverted nipples are only a concern if the nipple has always been everted (turned out) and is now inverted. ...Read more

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Is there a way to fix inverted nipples?

Is there a way to fix inverted nipples?

Yes: You'll first want to make sure there is not an abnormality causing the inversion. If this is chronic, then it can be surgically corrected. I recommend finding a good plastic surgeon who can perform this procedure. ...Read more

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Is it atypical to have inverted nipples?

No: Inverted nipples can occur in women. Usually it has been noticed since puberty.

However, if it is something of recent onset, check in with your local breast surgeon to ensure there is nothing going on to cause the nipple inversion. ...Read more

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Is there a way to treat inverted nipples?

Yes: First have an evaluation by a breast surgeon to ensure there is no underlying malignant pathology causing the inversion.
This may include a physical exam and breast imaging.

If there is no suspicious findings, the inverted nipple (s) can be corrected by a plastic surgeon. Make an appointment to discuss it with him/her. ...Read more

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Inverted Nipples (Definition)

An inverted nipple (occasionally invaginated nipple) is a nipple that, instead of pointing outward, is ...Read more