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retracted nipple, what else could it be?

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  • retracted nipple, what else could it be?

    Hey everyone! I'm new here and I have a question about a concern with my breast. I'm 22 years old and I recently discovered that one of my nipples was starting to turn inward. It didn't bother me at first, but after a few days I realized it wasn't going back, so I did some research on possible causes. I hadn't even considered breast cancer, but that seems to be the most plausible reason for this new change. All the other causes seem to be related to aging, and I'm still pretty young.

    Although, I also always associated breast cancer with aging, but now that I've been reading more about it I realize it can happen to pretty much anyone.

    I went to see my doctor about it and she referred me to a breast specialist, and my appointment for that is in a few days. I can't stand waiting anymore though, this has really been bothering me. Does anyone know any other likely causes for this? Or what kind of breast cancer it would most likely be? I know I'm thinking ahead of myself, but I can't help it.

  • You might look for information concerning breastfeeding rather than general information - I have definitely read about this a few times, women with inverted nipples needing to know how to nurse effectively. I don't remember the answers, but it was always treated like a normal thing.
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    • Inverted or retracted nipples are quite common. They usually are able to stick out when you are sexually excited and/or breastfeeding, however when breastfeeding an appliance can be placed over and around the nipple to assist in it's becoming erect.

      However, if this is something new and you've never had this problem previously then you are correct in having it checked out as it can be an early sign of breast cancer.
      That which we forget may as well never really happened.


      • Thanks for your replies. I know it is common to have inverted nipples, but this is a new thing for me and it is only happening to one breast. Also it isn't quite inverted, but it looks like that's what it's trying to do. Sigh, anxiously awaiting my appointment.


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