Birth Definitions

Inverted Nipples Definition


Inverted nipples (also called inverted nipples, nipple inversion, or invaginated nipples) are a condition where the nipple is pulled inwards into the breast instead of pointing outwards. Inverted nipples can be a result of several different things. They may be caused by an infection, a cyst, or even just genetics. In some cases, the inversion is only temporary and will resolve itself after pregnancy or breastfeeding. In other cases, the inversion is permanent and may require surgery to correct. However, most of the time, they are simply benign and pose no threat to the mother or child.

There are several different types of inverted nipples. The most common is the congenital variety, which is simply when the nipple is turned inward from birth. This is usually not a cause for concern and will not impact breastfeeding. However, if the nipple becomes inverted later in life, it may be a sign of an underlying condition and should be checked out by a doctor.

Complications Associated with Inverted Nipples

There are several complications that can be associated with inverted nipples. These include:

  • difficulty nursing an infant
  • inability to wear certain types of clothing (e.g., bras that do not support inverted nipples)
  • discomfort during sexual intercourse
  • increased risk of infection
  • underlying medical conditions (e.g., breast cancer)

If you have inverted nipples and are concerned about any of these complications, please see a doctor for further evaluation.

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