Considering how busy their lives are, many women need to pay more attention to highly sensitive areas on their bodies – including their breasts. Nipple pain is one of the common problems in this area of the body. Here’s the answer to the much-asked question – “why do my nipples hurt?”
Why Do My Nipples Hurt?
When a woman gets pregnant, her body starts to experience many types of changes. So, growth in the size of your breasts accompanied with hurting nipples is amongst the early manifestations. The tissues in that area become sensitive and cause the discomfort.
If all this time you’ve been thinking, “why do my nipples hurt?” Then maybe you are about to get your periods. The hormones progesterone and estrogen start to increase and fill your breasts with fluid, which causes pain. Right after your periods, the sensitivity lowers and you are back to normal.
3. Skin Inflammation
One can also develop skin irritations like eczema or allergies that can increase sensitivity in this area and cause pain. You can have rashes, flaky skin, redness or swelling.
4. Sexual Activity
Though it is a temporary phase but rubbing or pressing the area can cause your nipples to become sore. However, it usually doesn’t take much time to heal.
A breastfeeding mother can sometimes experience sore nipples due to high suction, naturally (baby) or otherwise (through pumps).
Any kind of vigorous friction caused against your nipples can make them sore and be hurting. So, before you exercise, apply a nip-covering to avoid itchiness. Even everyday tight clothing or a loose bra can be reasons for this.
Interestingly, some of the antidepressants along with several herbal remedies have shown to produce a nipple discharge that can also make your nipples feel sore. If that’s happening, time to get it checked!
Under critical circumstances, you are also likely to develop breast cancer and nipple pain or inversions which are amongst the early symptoms. When you observe lumps, change in the color of your nipples along with frequent discharge, immediately see an expert.
Tips On How To Avoid Sore Nipples
1. Start wearing fitted bras that are correct for your size.
2. Don’t let friction arise.
3. Keep the area moisturised.
4. Reduce the intake of caffeine.
5. When on your periods, limit your salt intake.
6. Do not take contraceptives without medical consultation.
7. Feed your baby regularly and ensure it’s happening with proper care.
8. Keep changing your baby’s position while you breastfeed them.
9. To relieve the pressure on the breast that feels sore and hurting, nurse the baby from that side itself.
10. Exercise well to stay in shape and release your bodily toxins.
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