Instead of pointing outwards, inverted nipples turn inwards towards the breast. They are different degrees of nipple inversion and it is extremely common in both men and women – at least one in ten people are affected in the UK.
Inverted nipples can cause embarrassment particularly in intimate relationships. People with the condition can sometimes feel uncomfortable about getting undressed or wearing tight clothing. This may restrict their involvement in sports like swimming or their choice of clothing. In some circumstances, the condition can have a detrimental affect on intimate relationships. Some people choose to have corrective surgery to help them to overcome these problems.