Sensitive Nipples
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  • My nipples are very sensitive to touch

  • Nipples are sensitive to anything

  • Very sensitive nipples

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Content updated on Dec 17, 2023

About the symptom

Nipples are sensitive, and they can hurt for lots of reasons. For women, sensitive nipples are common during periods, pregnancy, and breastfeeding. As we age, the nipples may become less sensitive to stimulation which is normal with changing hormone levels. A sudden change in sensitivity may warrant a visit to your physician if you are not pregnant or breast feeding and have no other reason such as a new medication to have a change in your hormones. A sudden change in a nipple on just one side is also a reason to see your doctor. Tight garments, particularly while exercising can make your nipples sensitive.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Sensitive nipples

Possible causes

  • Gynecomastia

    A condition in which abnormal hormone levels cause males to develop female characteristics, such as breast enlargement. Common causes include medications and brain tumors.

  • Mastopathy

    A condition where a painful lump forms in the breast due to imbalances in female hormone levels, causing symptoms to occur before and during menstruation.

  • Testicular tumor

    A testicular tumor is a lump or swelling on either testicle. The tumor may be benign, which doesn't spread to other parts of the body, or malignant, commonly known as cancerous, which means it can spread to other parts of the body. Testicular cancer is usually first noted as a firm lump in the testicle. New testicular lumps always need immediate evaluation by a doctor. Pain or discomfort in the affected testicle or lower abdomen might also be present. The primary risk factor is having an undescended testicle or a family history of testicular cancer.

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  • Do your nipples feel uncomfortable, painful, or itchy when your clothes touch them?

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References

  • Nipple Sensitivity - WebMD

    https://www.webmd.com

Reviewed By:

Alice Police, MD

Alice Police, MD (Breast surgery)

Breast Surgeon of 30 years experience. Recent Chief of breast surgery at UCIrvine Medical Center, Northwell Health in New York State, Chief of breast surgery at Monument Health in Rapid City South Dakota. Breast Cancer Researcher in conjunction with multiple studies through Notre Dame department of electrical engineering. CMO of Nearwave, a start up breast cancer device company.

Yoshinori Abe, MD

Yoshinori Abe, MD (Internal medicine)

Dr. Abe graduated from The University of Tokyo School of Medicine in 2015. He completed his residency at the Tokyo Metropolitan Health and Longevity Medical Center. He co-founded Ubie, Inc. in May 2017, where he currently serves as CEO & product owner at Ubie. Since December 2019, he has been a member of the Special Committee for Activation of Research in Emergency AI of the Japanese Association for Acute Medicine. | | Dr. Abe has been elected in the 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia Healthcare & Science category.

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