What Causes Inverted Nipples?
Before we explain the ways to fix an inverted nipple, let’s first clarify a few things.
First, nipple inversion can occur in men and women. Secondly, an inverted nipple can be congenital, meaning you’re born with it or acquired, meaning it happened later. Lastly, having an inverted nipple doesn’t necessarily mean you need treatment.
But what causes nipple inversion?
Too much adhesion
Congenital nipple inversion can happen when the breast tissues attach too tightly to the base of the nipple. Because the tissues adhere too much, the nipple points inward instead of out, sometimes even when stimulated (cold temperature, sex, etc.)
Shortening of the milk ducts
Another possible reason behind an inverted nipple is the shortening of the milk ducts, which pass through the breast tissues and the opening in the nipples.
Finally, medical conditions can lead to acquired nipple inversion. Some of the underlying health concerns that trigger an inverted nipple are:
- Abscess beneath the areola
- Duct ectasia, a condition where the milk ducts widen and their walls become thick.
- Sudden weight loss
- Complications of breast surgery
- Some types of breast cancer, such as Paget’s disease of the nipple.
If you or someone you know observes new or sudden-onset nipple inversion, especially with other signs such as swelling or discharge, consult a doctor right away.