What causes inverted nipples and what can be done about them?
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There are various reasons why nipple inversion may occur, either as a result of an event or otherwise naturally from birth.
There can also be degrees of severity, with the main distinction being whether the nipple is able to come out at all or not.
The reasons for inverted nipples from birth can be due to short milk ducts or because of Chromosome 2q Deletion syndrome. They can also be symptoms of rarer Fryns-Aftimos syndrome or Weaver syndrome.
Around 10-20% of women are born with inverted nipples. Other causes of inverted nipples are a direct result of a specific event or incident. These can include extreme weight loss or weight gain, surgical injury, breast cancer, breast infections such as an abscess or mammary duct ectasia.
They can also occur following pregnancy or breastfeeding.
If the nipple is inverted most of the time but can become prominent when stimulated then the inversion is deemed to be temporary. In this instance, it can often be reversed through regular exercising of the nipple – either manually or through the use of suction cups or breast clamps. These encourage the nipple into more permanent prominence.
For permanent inversion, it is likely that surgery will be the only way to reverse the problem. Surgery involves making an incision around the nipple and dividing or separating the ducts and then allowing the nipple to sit naturally.
It’s a very common procedure with very little risks associated with it and the majority of cases work successfully. However, Breastfeeding will not be a guaranteed possibility after this surgery and so it should be considered carefully.
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