I have inverted nipples
Question from a freshman female at the
University of North Texas: This is not directly
about sex, but close enough. I have inverted
nipples and am so nervous about how other people
will react to them when I begin to get sexually
active. I know I should be "proud" of my body,
which I am, but I feel so strange and different. I
don't want guys to scream and run away. I heard
there is a surgery that can fix them. Is this true
and where can I get more information?
Dr. Caron's Answer: Despite what is
presented in the media, inverted nipples are
normal. Just as women's breasts come in all
different shapes and sizes, their nipples do as
well: they may be flat, raised, or inverted - all
are common. I believe you are in a good position to
educate your partner about how every body is unique
- and that includes yours. Just like belly buttons,
nipples also range in appearance. And I certainly
hope your partner will be interested in having a
relationship with you, not a body part!
If you are seriously interested in looking into
surgery in an attempt to alter your nipples, there
is plastic surgery. You can talk to a medical
doctor (such as a gynecologist or someone who
specializes in women's health) about this option.
However, be forewarned: it is very expensive, often
leads to loss of sensitivity and ability to become
aroused, and can also interfere with your ability
to breastfeed later on. Ask yourself: Is it really
worth it? I hope you will recognize the gift your
uniqueness and learn to accept and celebrate it
Question from a student at University of
Memphis: How long has abortion been legal? Up
to what month can a girl have an abortion?
Dr. Caron's Answer: In 1973 the Roe vs.
Wade decision legalized a woman's right to obtain
an abortion from a qualified physician. However,
what many people may not realize is that the
decision talked about this right in terms of
trimesters of pregnancy.
During the first trimester of pregnancy (when
over 90% of abortions are performed in this
country), a women can request (sometimes called
"demand") an abortion; however, during the second
trimester, she can only get an abortion with a
physician's consent. During the third trimester, an
abortion is only permitted in extreme cases - for
example, to save the life of the mother or when the
fetus has died in utero.
© 2007, Sandra L.
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with sexual messages, sexual exploitation, and all
manner of sexual criticism. But our society is by
and large sexually illiterate. Faye Westheimer
Dr. Sandra L.
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