What Does It Mean If Your Nipples Change Shape?

When you’re going through puberty, you will probably be surprised about the number of body changes that you experience. Just when you might get comfortable with new places sprouting hair, different emotions, and the periods and all of the delightful PMS symptoms, you might notice something that completely throws you off your game.

There are lots of body changes that could surprise you, but it’s a good possibility that you might be wondering about what’s going on with your boobs and nipples. After all, there are many different boob sizes and shapes, and you might be wondering if the specific set you have is normal, especially now that they’re different than they were before. Here’s what the deal is if your nipples have changed shape.

What does it mean if your nipples changed shape? Is something wrong?

There are a few reasons why your nipples could have changed shape. One of the most likely things is that it’s another sign that you’re going through puberty. Prior to breast development, you might notice that your nipples change size and shape. When your boobs are developing, you might notice that your nipples are also altering in size and shape.

You said that there were a few reasons. What else could it mean?

Nipples can obviously change size and shape when breastfeeding and going through menopause. Very Well points out that nipples can actually change when you’re taking oral contraceptives. (Who knew?!) Another possibility is breast cancer. I don’t want you to panic about this as if you’re around the age of puberty, it’s most likely that your nipples are changing because your body is developing.

What if my nipples are changing and they’re sore?

Sore, itchy, or tingly nipples can be a sign of breast development and part of puberty. For some people, they’re also a PMS symptom. However, if you find that your nipples are constantly sore and/or it’s affecting you doing other stuff, you should speak to your doctor.

What if my inverted nipples start to stick out?

Inverted nipples aren’t typically anything to worry about. YoungWomensHealth.org reports that 10 to 20 percent of girls have them. Typically, inverted nipples might change in size but the nipple will continue to pointing inwards.

The issue is if you have “outtie” nipples and they suddenly go inverted. This is sometimes a symptom of breast cancer so you should go to your doctor to get things checked out.

What if I feel a bump under my nipple?

It’s important to consider your development. If you think you’re starting puberty or in the middle of it, the bump is likely to be part of normal breast development. GirlsHealth.org points out that it’s one of the first stages of breast development. If you visit your doctor for a checkup, he/she should be able to confirm this.

Anything else I should know?

There are all different sizes and shapes of nipples so you shouldn’t feel self-conscious about your nipples no matter what they look like. You also shouldn’t be self-conscious if they change.

It’s also important to remember that if you’re concerned about something and/or you’ve been experiencing persistent symptoms that have been impacting your daily activities, you should make an appointment with your doctor.

Have you noticed changes in your boobs? Let us know in the comments!

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