This is really embarrassing, but is having inward nipples
normal? Do I have to get surgery or something?
Nipples are kind of like belly buttons. They can be “innies”
or “outies.” Although you don’t hear about them much, inverted nipples are
actually fairly common. Girls and guys
can have them, and it can affect one or both or your nipples.
So what’s the cause? There are actually a number of factors
that contribute to the way your nipples look. Two common causes of inverted
nipples are scar tissue and a shorter milk duct. Both draw the nipple back
instead of letting it stick out.
The biggest problem a severe case of inverted nipples can
cause involves breastfeeding—and we’re betting (and hoping) that’s far from
your mind right now.
While you can get
surgery to “fix” your nipples, it’s painful and usually unnecessary. There’s no
reason to be worried unless this inversion is a very sudden, recent occurrence,
or you’re experiencing pain. If you are concerned, though, it’s always a good idea to talk to your doctor. It
never hurts to make sure you’re healthy!