Why Do My Nipples Hurt?

The nipples can be a very sensitive part of the body and there are many reasons why they will feel more sensitive on certain days. It is good to recognize the cycles in your body so you will know when it is time to take notice of when they feel sensitive normally.

Monthly Nipple Sensitivity

Many women will have sensitive nipples during their menstrual cycle. This is simply because of increased hormones. The sensitivity might last a day or two or possibly even longer in some women. If you are concerned about the level of sensitivity during your menstrual cycle, it is a good idea to talk to your health professional about it.

Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Causes

Another time that the nipples will feel sensitive is during pregnancy. This is certainly do to hormonal changes that happen during pregnancy as the breasts get ready for lactation after the baby is born. Warm or cold compresses with make them feel more comfortable. If you plan to breast feed after you baby is born, you might also feel sensitivity during the time you are feeding your child. However, over time, the sensitivity will decrease when your body becomes used to the feeding your baby.

Changes in Weight

If you have experienced quick weight loss or weight gain, you might feel some sensitivity in your breasts as the tissue has changed in size. However, you really should not experience any pain during this time, because the changes will be in the breast tissue, not the nipple.

Piercing and Infection

Women and men who have had their nipples pierced might also experience pain in them. This happens more frequently because the pierced holes can get infected. You could also experience pain if the jewelry is made of a metal causes an allergic reaction, like nickel. If you do develop an infection, you should certainly see a medical professional who can prescribe an antibiotic. If you have a metal allergy, then it is a good idea to stop using that jewelry and find something that does not cause an allergy.

Proper Bra Fitting

Another possible cause could be that you are wearing a bra that is simply too tight. Breast tissue does need to be supported, but you should not have a bra that is too tight. Your ribs will appreciate a bra that fits around the chest and your breast tissue and nipples will also appreciate a bra with cups that are appropriately sized. No one looks good with their breasts spilling out of their bras or with significant fat showing around the band.

See Your Physician

If you have nipple sensitivity for any other reasons, you should see your medical professional. The nipples are generally a sensitive part of the body, but you should not feel pain in your breasts. You might have something more serious that will need to have immediate medical attention. It is not a common thing to experience nipple pain and your physician can help you figure out what it wrong.

Feb 25th, 2013 | Posted in Women's Health

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