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What Does it Mean When Your Nipples Hurt

by Jessica |

Painful nipples can occur in many women at various moments of their lives, no matter what age they are. They may have different causes, such as puberty, PMS, menstruation, post-ovulation, pregnancy, breastfeeding, or menopause.

Although painful nipples are a quite common problem, and usually no object of concern, they may sometimes be symptoms of more serious health conditions. If you experience any nipple discharge, accompanied by a more severe and prolonged nipple pain and fever, consult your doctor to find out the cause.

Listed below are some of the most common reasons why your nipples may hurt.

Breast Development and Puberty

Breast development is one of the first signs of puberty, which is the time of growth and great hormonal changes in the girl’s body. The breast glands and the fat tissue begin to grow and the nipples start to expand and swell.

These hormonal and physical changes may cause breasts and nipples to become very sensitive and painful. When first menstrual periods occur, pain can even increase.


Ovulation usually occurs in the middle of a woman’s menstrual cycle, although it may vary from woman to woman. Many women experience breast and nipple soreness before, during and after ovulation, due to increased levels of estrogen and progesterone hormones.

1. During ovulation, the body begins to prepare itself for possible pregnancy by enlarging the mammary glands (glands that produce milk), and this can cause breast and nipple tenderness and soreness.

2. The raise of the post-ovulation progesterone hormone instead causes water retention in the body. The main reason for this is to prepare the uterus for possible conception and pregnancy and make it ready to host the embryo. In this period the uterus, in fact, becomes full of water and food. Unfortunately, the water is retained also in breast tissues, causing them to stretch and hurt. This is the reason nipples become sore and painful.


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During pregnancy, estrogen and progesterone levels continue to increase and this also causes breasts and nipples to become more sensitive and painful.

In fact, high levels of estrogen cause breast enlargement by increasing the amount of breast tissue, while high progesterone levels make breasts fill up with water. All these changes help prepare breasts for lactation.

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

Estrogen dominance and progesterone deficiency are main causes of breast and nipple pain during the PMS. In this period, the progesterone levels in your body are not high enough to balance the estrogen hormones, and this may lead to many physical and psychological disorders.

Elevated levels of estrogen are, in fact, responsible for many PMS symptoms such as mood swings, bloating, cramps, headache, and breast and nipple tenderness.

Menopausal Syndrome

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The menopausal syndrome is caused by wildly fluctuating hormone levels, which may lead to many physical and psychological conditions such as breast tenderness, irregular menstruation, hot flashes, headaches, weight gain, bloating, mood changes, etc.

Menopause occurs when the woman permanently stops menstruating and ovulating. In this period of her life, very little amounts of progesterone are produced in the body, while the estrogen overload is quite common. This can cause very painful breast and terribly sore nipples.

However, huge changes that occur in the woman’ body during later menopause will also lead to a significant decrease of estrogen levels, causing other physical and mental stresses that will disappear over time.

Other Factors that May Cause Your Nipples to Hurt

  • Jogger’s nipple:

Continuous movement of breasts, as well as the friction of fabric against the nipples may also cause dryness and soreness of nipples. You should always wear bras with proper support!

  • Breastfeeding
  • Fatty acids imbalance:

An imbalance of fatty acids within cells may lead to breast tissue sensitivity and cause breast pain. In fact, fatty acids imbalances can greatly affect hormonal levels in your body, which in turn can significantly increase breast tenderness.

  • Medications (contraceptives, hormone replacement drugs, and certain antidepressants)
  • Pain in the heart and chest
  • Stress

More serious causes:

More serious causes of nipple pain include specific health disorders such as certain inflammations and infections, and in more severe cases even Paget’s disease and cancer.

Paget’s disease of the breast, also known as Paget’s disease of the nipple, is a rare type of breast cancer that is characterized by soreness, redness, pain and itching of the nipples and the surrounding area. It is often associated with an underlying breast cancer and it rarely affects only the nipple. It is a rather rare disease, but if you however experience any of the above mentioned symptoms, you should consult your doctor immediately.

Hopefully this post has helped you learn a little bit more about possible causes of breast and nipple pain, as well as understand that it is a very common and normal problem among many women. In most cases, it is really no cause for worry. If you have any thoughts or concerns to share, please let us know in the comment section below.

Jessica is a translator who has lived for many years in Asia and South America. She now lives and works in Europe, while preparing her new journeys. She enjoys traveling, meeting new people, exploring different cultures and foods, and being in love.

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181 thoughts on What Does it Mean When Your Nipples Hurt

  1. youqueen girl illustration brittany

    I’m experiencing nipple pain and when I lay on my right side my left side hurts. What could this mean?

    • I had exactly the same thing this morning. The pain was really bad it was like a pinching pain. Im peri menopausal but im also still mensturating and im due my period in a week so i thought that maybe its a combination of all these making my nipples hyper sensitive and that ive probably lain on them and/knocked them some way &thats whats caused the pain.

  2. youqueen girl illustration britany

    My nipples are really sore and they are brown I don’t understand ?

    • youqueen girl illustration Valentine

      What might cause this because some people a scaring me by telling me that am pregnant.

      • youqueen girl illustration Alexis

        You have never had sex with a guy, no sperm has entered the v area … There’s no way that could be possible. (Being Prego)

      • I’m also experiencing the same thing .and I do suspect that I’m pregnant my periods are 3days late and I don’t have any of my PMS.I will test so should u

      • Mine too are painful my nipple’s im not in my periods or so on i evaluated last week so what wrong no attitude plz really need help ill be happy if i am pregnant

    • youqueen girl illustration damesha

      My nipples are sore like wen i get n the shower and i wash my chest off they hurt i dontvknow whats wrong they hurt really bad

  3. Has this been happening everytime you lay down?
    If not, I would consider it being growing pains every now and than. You can ask your doctor about this. My nipples have been hurting too, but not when I lay down. My nipples have become very sensitive. For example; I got punched in my nipple. Now that, would be very painful. My nipples have also thickened, which bothers me badly, but I know it’s signs of puberty. It could be signs of puberty to you also. If you ever have your period, it can grow to more pain. I’m guessing that your nipples arw thickening if you haven’t hit puberty yet.

  4. My right boob it always been bigger, but is been like two days that my nipples been hurting mis sensible when I touch it.. Am scar what can it be??

    • I have the same problem right now it started yesterday. My right tit is bigger than the left and so my nipple hurts but i can feel a little( tension hurt)and its probably because i been feeling cramps its would b cause am almost getting my raggg (period)= .

    • youqueen girl illustration shayla

      Anything possibly, maybe menoplause. And everybody has a bigger boob.

  5. youqueen girl illustration debbie

    My nipples hart all the time and so dos my belly i dont no why

  6. youqueen girl illustration Angeline

    Its two weeks now my nipples have been painfull and they black black in coulor

    • youqueen girl illustration Morgan

      Go to the doctor! If your nipples hurt for more than 2 weeks it means something is wrong. Make sure to get your breast checked for cancer and anything else.

  7. It has really bin a long tym since my breast aches and stretch.
    I have visited d hospital not just once but d doctor told me that nothing was wrong but up till now i still experience d pain.
    What do i do

    • youqueen girl illustration Joannee

      Hun.., If you feel there is something wrong, it NEVER hurts to get more than one opinion. You make the decision on whether or not to “worry”, not a doc. if you get three opinions, and learn its nothing , THEN you can follow docs advise NOT TO WORRY..lol..its weird , to me,whenever im told NOT to worry, without explaining a cause .
      When it comes to self healthy
      IT IS better to be safe than sorry…….worst case?..(if the doc is correct, and no health issue needs concern)..your wrong, and you learned, yet one more thing,about your body.

  8. its about two weeks after my ovulation , i hd cramps breast enlargement , nipple soreness , skin allerg , sleepness and sometime headache i don kmow why

  9. youqueen girl illustration carolyne

    hey my nipples hve been sore 4 a couple of weeks an they are painful when i move my clothes i was breastfeeding an now i cant coz its 2 tender an also iv got a cut on the nipple its dischrg s browny i thnk an doesnt smell very nyce what can that be

    • Go to the doctor! It sounds like you could have an infection!

    • Mastitis is what that sounds like to me. I breastfeed and once the nipple is injured you can get an infection.

  10. My nipple started hurting last week and they are so sore. I tried putting ice on them but they still hurt. Any advice?

  11. Seeing puberty can also cause this,will it ever stop? Like when u stop growing..

  12. I started menstrating two days ago and my breasts are full and my nipple brings out water am i pregnant.

  13. Hi I’m 22 yrs old and have never experienced any pain in my nipples until recently, I don’t know what to do, plz help!

  14. Just my nipples are very very sore to the touch and i know im not pregnant, also i dont have my period for another 2 weeks. Im curious as to what this could be. Could someone please tell me what it could be?

    • youqueen girl illustration kristy

      Have you found anything out about your problem? Mine hurt 24/7 and i need to find out something.

  15. youqueen girl illustration Emmanuella

    My nipples hurt and is bringing out water. What could be the cause?

  16. youqueen girl illustration Millie

    Carolyne,have you seen a doctor?You should see one if you haven’t.I can’t explain the browny discharge but I think the doctor will.Cheers

  17. youqueen girl illustration pamela

    Mu nipple started having a burning pain and now have wound on the nipple went to the hospital they said its normal what could this be please help.

  18. hey,guys m 17 years old! my nipples started to hurt a couple ov days ago. I have been feeling the pain wen eva I touch them. is everythn f9 wid me?

  19. youqueen girl illustration S Morris

    I am 35 and married and not had sex for last 5 weeks. I am not having babies. But my nipples are hurting badly and on close examination I found some small boils on it. I don’t know what it is and why its paining? kindly reply

  20. I’m 17 almost 18 years old and iv only recently started noticing that my nipples hurt every time I touch them, my partner and I have had sex without a condom as Iam on the needle for my period but have actually missed my last app for the updated needle, and have had a bit of bloching for a few days an now I don’t have my period at all. could the signs of my nipples hurting be that I’m pregnant ? /: pls help

    • u did sex!!! So how can u get periods?
      You are pregnant now,and u can’t get periods

  21. youqueen girl illustration chinasa francisca

    my nipple and my whole breast hurts what do i do? i am 20

  22. youqueen girl illustration Ashlee

    my nipples and whole breast hurt plz help me when ever I touch them or my shirt or bra touches them what do I do

  23. youqueen girl illustration Autumn

    I’m sixteen, turning seventeen in about a month, my nipples are really sore, no matter what whether I’m moving around alittle bit just sitting still, they hurt, even if I gently touch them and they hurt if I put on a bra, or if I adjust my clothing without wearing my bra, I’m virgin so I know I’m not pregnant, I don’t have my period not for another week and half ,I have a couple bumps close to my nipples, i’ve looked at the signs of breast cancer, but I’m not sure, and I’m scared to death of what may be wrong with me and I could use some advice ASAP, please reply to me! Please help me.

    • I have the same thing. But I don’t have normal periods. Have them every other month or two months. Ur boobs are just growing. U don have breast cancer. But if it makes u feel safer, ask ur mom to take u to a doctor or OBGYN where they can check ur breast. I go and they always check and let me know. So I’m sure nothings wrong. Ur just developing more

  24. Im sixteen.. and i don’t have nipples!!! but I have a pair of normal sized boobs.. :( what should i do?

    • I don’t have a nipple either so i wen to the dr and they said is normal is call converted breasts is tottaly normal

  25. Am suppos to have seen my period two weeks ago but I stil havnt till now, and ever since den I’v been having serious pains in my neeples. I don’t knw wat dis pains ar all about…could I possibli b pregenant or some kind of infection. It realy hurts

  26. youqueen girl illustration Autumn

    My nipples are so sore…is there something that can help this???

  27. youqueen girl illustration Kailee Warren

    Hi, I’m 15 going on 16 and my nipples have been hurting very badly for the past few hours. I haven’t had a period in about half a year and I’m a virgin so I know I’m not pregnant. Even moving around hurts them. What should I do? — Kailee

  28. youqueen girl illustration annabelle

    hi. just recently, i experienced the hurt on my right nipple. i am scared because this is the first time i feel this. I am 30 years old, with one child. Is there something i can use to ease the pain? like ointment or whatever?

  29. youqueen girl illustration annabelle

    hello, it’s me again, annabelle. Could it be possible that my nipple hurt because it is always been accidentally kicked by my one year old when we play or when he bumps his head to my chest.

  30. youqueen girl illustration Crystal R

    My nipple have been hurting for the past 2wks, I’m not sure on why if I haven’t had sex since Feb and I’m on the Merina birth control. It’s like they hurt more at night than they do during the day. I do have a 15m old but I only breast fed the first 2m.

  31. youqueen girl illustration Deelousia

    My boyfriend and i had AMAZING sex yesterday and now my nipples are hurting for no reason and earlier my stomach was hurting so bad that if felt like someone was punching me HARD in it, could i be pregnant? i mean he wore a condom and he pulled out when he came…

    • noo. you wouldn’t experience the pain that soon. but just so you know, pulling out doesnt prevent pregnancy. pre cum (before actual ejaculation) can get you pregnant as well!

    • its wayyyy to soon to know i mean u just had sex it will be a while before u know because side effects do not start the next day it takes a while

  32. youqueen girl illustration Benjamin Samonte

    I’m going 70 years old this 15 july. I ‘m experiencing pain from the immediate base of and my nipple (both left and right).It began on the second week of April’13. Is this something that I should be so concerned? Please advise. Thanks a lot.

    • I will be 60 in a couple weeks and still having regular periods. And my boobs and nipples really hurt. And itch!! i’m very uncomfortable.

    • I’m 42, my nipples are extremely sensitive for 3 weeks now. I’m not pregnant, I see small lumps, pain is strong, I am worried, this week I will go see a doctor. Nipple cancer scares me. Now for me I could be the start of menopause or maybe and infection since I pluck my Ariola hairs.
      If you are a teen with pain it’s hormonal changes. Pregnancy is also a possibility.
      For woman in the 40-50’s it can be menopause.
      In the 60-70-80 if there is pain……that is a sign that something is not normal.

  33. youqueen girl illustration little

    My nipple and entire breast hurts for about a week now I haven’t experienced this before am 24yrs.what can that be pls ?I need help

  34. i’m 21 years old,and i had a hurt when i was kid,something struck my nipple and now the black part have been come out :'( is it ok??

  35. I have been on hormone treatment for 15 years…stopped it last August……just recently my nipples hurt….not sore just hurt…..any suggestions please

  36. youqueen girl illustration Kathleen

    My breast are swollen and my nipple is extending outward and becoming disfigured. I had a partial hysterectomy last year and my breasts and nipples hurt. Should I seek a doctor or chalk it up to hormones?

  37. youqueen girl illustration brittany

    Ok I am 19 I have missed my last shot and don’t have a period and my nipples have done nothing but hurt non stop I have taken four pregnancy tests and they all can back negative what do I need

  38. Hey I’m 21 year’s old for the past 2 days my right nipple is sore to the touch now it’s day. 2 and both are severaly painful I do have a lot of help problems with my stomach ..what could it be

  39. youqueen girl illustration Carrie

    Hello, i’m a 65 year old woman and yesterday outa the blue my nipples are so sore… HELP

  40. youqueen girl illustration abimbola

    I woke up nd found out dat my nipple hurts rilli bad,i’ve got no discharge,redness or itching…but it still hurts,nd i alredi had my menstruation for this months….i still cn’t understand what is wrong..nd aven’t ad sex,so i’m positive i’m nt pregnant….

  41. youqueen girl illustration mz phavhor

    Hi,am 23yrs.i have being having pain on my nipple for a week now.I suppose to hv seen my menses abt 2weeks now.done 5 pregnancy test both urine nd blood test,still turns out negative.pls any idea on what’s wrong with me

  42. youqueen girl illustration Aura Vaughn

    It’s been 3 weeks since I hadn’t had my pd but My breast been hurting and on my right side there’s a hard ball but not on my left and my right is sore and both my nipples are sore to touch and move. And also my chest hurts like it feels bruise and my heart feels like I’m on a roller coaster! Do anybody know what’s wrong wid me I got an App. In Aug but I don’t want it getting worse… Any suggest? -Aura

  43. Hi I’m 22 and only hast last period for two or three days and thought I might be pregnant but had a pregnancy test done at home and the docs so I could get birth control and it was negative. My nipples have been super sore, not my boobs though and I have a milky white discharge that’s odorless…. Am I pregnant!?! My fiancé would be ecstatic but I’m still a little nervous about the idea. Any thoughts?

  44. My nipples are hurtin alot and i dont knoe why it hurts to touch them n when they r n my bra they hurt bad

  45. Hi, im a 20 year old young women and hav been expericening nippel pain, i knw im not preggas as i not long come off my period, i dont hav discarge frm my boob either, i hav seeked advice and found that, as a young women still growning my boobs are growin to, in result of this i found that bras that are to small for u can cause soreness to the nippel and is a common thing

  46. youqueen girl illustration Purpleprinkin

    Is it possible for your nipples to hurt and to be very painful if you have stopped using birth control? I have been using birth control for about a year and I ran out at the beginning of last month, so I have been off/out of it for a while, would that have anything to do with my nipple pain/ soreness? Any helpful information would be greatly appreciated, Thank You! ^_^

  47. youqueen girl illustration marlene

    usually when your nipples hurt its because they are starting to grow

  48. Hi, my nipples hurt so bad every time i touch them, i was on depo provera injection for just three months i later stopped using it as i have seen so much changes in my body,its been two to three months i stopped using it i have not seen my menstruation ever since, and yes i have been having sex with my husband, last week i checked if am pregnant and the result came negative. what could course my nipples to hurt this bad.

    • The same thing with me! I’m 23 was on the depo since seventeen with a break 2 years ago I remember my periods coming back but once every 2 months then the doc found a cyst on my ovary, then it went away. I went back on it and now I come off because me and my partner are wanting a baby. I was ment to return for depo on the 12th May. So been around 3 months and now my nipple on my left side is really hurting since I woke up this morning. They have been more sensitive anyway. Was just wondering if you know any more about your pain.

  49. I Am 16 And I Had Sex About A Month Ago And I Just Finished My Period But I Have Pain In My Nipples And In My Stomach I Think Their Cramps But I Wouldn’t Know Because I Never Had Cramps Before And I Dont Know Why Im Having These Pains Please Help!):

    • it can be symptoms from your period just be very careful and protect yourself

  50. I am 21 years old and I have not been sexual active is almost 7 months….but just three days ago my nipples started to hurt and was hard…I don’t have a period no more due to I am on birth control…Any advice to why the all of a sudden why they begin to hurt.

  51. youqueen girl illustration rajani

    My age is 25 i have pain in my both nipples and i also have pain in both armpits & i have regular periods & iam sure iam nt pregnant plz help me

  52. im having a pain in my left nipple and it is enlarged too for a couple of days and my periods also are missing……what can i do pls help

  53. youqueen girl illustration bhabhie angel

    Good eve..i just want to ask what is the reason y my nipple is too insenitive..everytime i touch it it is paining..it is little hard also..i have a cyst on my ryt breast but it is a fibrocystic..but iam thingking it cause of my contraceptic injection..i stop ot 4months ago and until now menstration is yet coming..so do you think that is the cause of my nipple pain..

  54. youqueen girl illustration Meredith

    im 15 going to be 16 in 2 months.i have had sex last week for the first time! I haven’t had my periods for 2 months and my nipple really hurt….but im not pregnant although my boyfriend sucked my boob for too long and really hard can that be a reason? im really scared. Can it b cancer???

    • if it hurts dont let him do it not everybody likes those sort of things find something u can both enjoy

  55. Hey pls I really need answer I discovered a lump in my left breast 2 yrs ago I just left it to go on its own it diasppeared 3days after leaving a small lump behind.it also disappeared a year and a half after.I experience soreness of the nipple when am about to have my periods. Pls what do you think?

  56. Hi….me and my fiancé had sex yesterday and it the last day of me ovulating and most fertile day…..now my nipples hurt and sensitive…..any advice??? Please help me! :)

  57. youqueen girl illustration Teresa

    I am 42 yrs old and woke up this a.m with terrible sharp pains in my left nipple. No discharge just redness with sharp very painful like lightning bolts. What could this be? There’s no possible pregnancy

  58. youqueen girl illustration Rhonda

    I’m a 47 year old woman with two grown children. Sometimes my top irritates my nipples. They are tender to touch and I really hope nothing is wrong.

  59. I’m 17 and me and my boyfriend had unprotected sex about a week ago he pulled out before he was going to cum but my nipples feel really sore and iv been having headaches and not feeling so good . Any ideas?

    • you may be pregnant or you period may be about to come on. your nipples can hurt for a while before your period comes.

  60. youqueen girl illustration Jennie

    I know this doesn’t relate as much but I have gone off birth control (the combined pill) hopefully for good as it was causing me dizziness. I was on it for two years and had unprotected sex a couple of weeks ago, which only lasted for a minute and my partner did not ejaculate inside me, but I was worried so took the emergency pill the next day. However I have been experiencing breast tenderness, a little bit of frequent urination and a tiny blood spot. As I have gone off the pill I don’t know when to expect my period, could I be pregnant? :S

  61. I`m also having nipple pain/sensitivity on both, but more on the left one….ouch!
    I`m not a doctor so I would recommend getting in touch with one through the “Doctor on Demand” app for FREE!!! Hope this helps! :)

  62. youqueen girl illustration Alyssa

    I am 15 years old and lately I have been having stomach pain and sore breast.i have not have sex but my stomach is growing. Is it possible?

  63. Hiya guys im 16 years of age im still a virgin but the past few days my nipples have been hurting im to scared to go to the doctor and cancer doesnt run in my family but my uncle died of cancer last year please some one reply ASAP with an answer im really scared c

  64. My boobs and nipples been hurting for about a week I took a pregnancy test it was negative I really would like to know what it is I’m kinda scared also I’m 16

  65. youqueen girl illustration Matter

    Hi, plz my mesturation started 1st Dec. And end 6th Dec. So i n my finacee had unprotected sex on the 7th Dec, but he pulled out. And he also suck my breast. So since then i hv bn having pains on my nipple. Does it means that am pregnant? Plz help.

  66. youqueen girl illustration sammie

    me and my boyfriend are trying for a baby this month i am 10 days late i was due on the 11/12/13 and i have had no sign of having a period but last nite my boyfriend touched my nipple and it really hurt i have dont a test 3 days after me due day but it said not pregs. i found out i was 6 and a half months gone with me oldst and 3 and a half months with me 2nd could it happen again could this mean i could be pregs again i also want to sleep alot please help me

  67. youqueen girl illustration Mariah

    Hi my name is mariah and my left nipple really hurts and I don’t know what is really causing all the pain in just one breasts but I really need answers

  68. youqueen girl illustration Anna L

    My nipples have been hurting for a week . Me and my dude had sex on December 15 and again before Christmas unprotected … I had stomach pains a week ago … Nd my Breast are staring to fill full ..I’m 17 gonna be 18 can somebody tell me what’s going on ?!

  69. I had a D and C 2yrs ago, ii av been experiencing discharge frm my breast, now itts my niipple hurting me, I ddid a preg test nd was negative, pls help me

  70. youqueen girl illustration Jasmine

    My nipples been hurting for a week already and I’m.late for.my period 2 weeks could that mean I’m pregnant plz help.me

  71. youqueen girl illustration Jennifer Avila

    Hey im jennifer im 16 going on 17 years old im on my period at this moment and i havent had sex in over 9 mouths but last night my bf of 4years was playing wth my breast and today morning my nipples started to hurt but only when i take off ny bra can someone tell me why is it brcuz he nibblet on them ? Help

  72. youqueen girl illustration Jenesis

    I used to take birth control stopped about two months ago now I was irregular on my periods before birthcontrol, the first month was two weeks early, this month I’m two days late as of today and my nipples are very sore to the touch especially my left nipple…help!?

  73. Ok I’m 20 years old, I’m a size 32A and my nipples have never hurt ever! I’m on contraceptives and use condoms… My nipples have suddenly started to hurt… Anyone give me some advice on what it may be ? Surely can’t be growing pains? Your breasts stop growing when your 21 right? Thanks!

  74. youqueen girl illustration Kirsty

    I’ve started to have sore nipples not so much on my left beast but my right is quite sensitive to touch it’s okay when wearing a bra or not wearing one it’s just when it’s being touched or lay on it, I’ve felt around and can not feel anything wrong but what could it be ?

  75. I have seen the doctor for my nipple sensitivity an pain, an it is only there i have it, mostly before my period, i myself am pre-menopausal an have my periods whenever, an i also go through hot flashes but mostly from the neck up an i feel like i am burning up. They come an go i don’t have them all the time, an sometimes the pain does last atleast a month before, during an after a period. So i know it is nothing, did the mammogram an been checked, my mood swings are so so but i still maintain the stress an mood swings. I try not letting it bother me too much. Seeing a Doctor is a good thing, my nipples at one point did itch but that was when it all started now they are just sensitive, an painful. I found warm or hot compresses relieves this pain for a time but not always.

  76. I myself am 48, mine started almost a year ago, it could be your age or an imbalance like they tell you at the top of the page. If you are around my age it could be pre menopause if you are younger definitely go to doctor. Or start drinking alot of water, i found that lack of hydration is what caused mine sensitivity in mine. And if you are a pop drinker you may want to slow down on those along with energy drinks. For you Kirstie hope this helps

  77. Hi I’m 22 yrs old and have never experienced any pain in my nipples until recently, I don’t know what to do, plz help!

  78. youqueen boy illustration Merriam

    I am 34yrs old no kids,i do have miscarriage last year Oct bcus of the prblm of nipple its painful and hurt when i am pregnant and started menstuarating and when i am about 8 to 12 weeks what can i do bcus i need a Baby.

  79. youqueen girl illustration Kelsey

    I’m 12 years old and I have started my period and my right nipple is hurting so now I know what is probably the cause thank you it was worried :)

  80. youqueen girl illustration ciarra

    I had a cycle last month and I had sex a week after that cycle ever since then my boobs are killing me they are swolen and tender to anthing I’m due for my next cycle in 4 days I’m so scared I DNT kno what’s going on

  81. youqueen girl illustration camille

    My nipples are really sore an painful to the touch. But my period has finish about 12 days ago an has far to come still I don’t know what could be wrong

  82. Hy am 19 n ma niiples statd hurtin few daes ago,,,i hvnt reciv ma period since january n i used to hv unprotected sex,,but wen i use p test results came up negative,,plz help

  83. youqueen girl illustration Ashleigh

    I just turned 20 and have been married for two years now. I have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and I am not on birth control because I was told that I only have a 3% chance of getting pregnant. So i’m pretty sure im not pregnant. My nipples and breasts are so sore and they are kind of brown. I haven’t had a period since May 2013 and I have not ovulated since then either. I have done all sorts of research and I can not figure it out. I really need to find a solution because I am really uncomfortable and im not understanding the reason for this pain.

    • Hi… I understand your problem with poly-cystic…. I went to my gp and put me on birth control for 12mths to help regulate my cycles…. now its been a few yrs since then and its been regular…. however the boob sensitive its normal every now and then before your body is getting ready for the time of the month… I hope this helps…

  84. youqueen girl illustration kaylee

    Me an my fiance are trying to have a baby i got off my period like 3 weeks ago an we beeb having sex a lot. my sister thinks I’m ovulating because my nipples started hurting today. they kind of feel a littke heavy. what could that be? And today i got randomly sick feeling for 3hrs an then it went away. I’ve never bern prgnant what are symptoms of pregnancy?

  85. Hi! I’m a male. I just felt my right nipple is aching after a day i have sex with my partner. Is there any connection with what happened to us with my partner? I really need an answer. Please email the answer please. What are the possible causes of this? Thank you!

  86. youqueen girl illustration Alexis

    Hey im 16 fixing to be 17 in april for the past 2 days my nipples hurt when i touch them and they feel like they have a fever im on depo so i dont have periods and im not sure why they are hurting so bad like this it has never happened before… Can someone please give me advise on what it could be??

  87. Hi I’m 19 and my period already been on for this month i had sex a week after my period and after that two days i had some serious cramps and now I’m getting hungry very fast for a week now my niples been sore, am im pregnant?

  88. youqueen girl illustration Imogen

    I’m thirteen but today my nipple started to hurt really bad. It is also hard around it I don’t know what it means and I can’t sleep either because the pain is to much. I want to know what is going on.

  89. youqueen girl illustration Imogen

    It might be puberty I don’t think it is. It is like a lump please help.

  90. youqueen girl illustration Mrs. Turner

    I am 21 years old. My husband and I have been married 2 years and we have been having unprotected sex. I have been experiencing frequent urination, sore breast, I am tired all the time, and have nauseous times. I am only 2 days late from missing my period. Have taken 2 pregnancy tests and they have been negative DO u think I could still be pregnant I mean I’m assuming my best bet would be to go to a doctor and get a blood test instead of doing an at home pregnancy test right. We already have a 4 year old child but I was 7 1/2 months before I knew I was pregnant with him. I’m confused and nervous…

  91. youqueen boy illustration tyerra

    Hi, I am 14 I started having periods about 2years ago two days before thanksgiving I had periods maybe 3 more months after that then I hadn’t had a real period after that and I was having sex I so thought I was pregnant but a whole year had passed and I still hadn’t had a period then this February I had a period and about 2 weeks ago I had sex in March 2 day the date of my first period but my period never came and after I just took a shower and my left nipple hurt and I don’t know what to do ,but I don’t think I’m pregnant cause my body don’t feel different

  92. I am 11 year old my breasts sometimes get hurt without touching and sometimes both are getting itchy idk what

  93. youqueen girl illustration Ariezel

    Mine are getting itchy I don’t have mens even first time sometimes it hurt what do I do?

  94. So I know this sounds dumb and kinda stupid but My boyfriend and I have unprotected sex all the time I’m 17 and last November I had a miscarriage , I recently two months ago thought I was pregnant I got all the symptoms and I was getting sick every day . All a sudden I got my period but it came two weeks late & my boyfriend and I have sex about two to three times a week mutiple time during a day ..& my boobs & nipples hurt and whenever I touch my boobs to itch it it wash in the shower my nipples get hard there so sensitive rn there always hard .. If any one could help me out id really appreciate it a lot , Thank you so much ..(:

  95. youqueen girl illustration cynthia

    hey guys i am 21 and my nipples hurts for about four weeks now and i have my menstruation periods every month whats happening to me

  96. youqueen girl illustration bonnie

    My nipples hurt alot I have.not started my period but do u.think its.cause.im about to.start.or im prego..

  97. youqueen girl illustration Thandi

    My nipples have been sore for the first time for two weeks after having unprotected sex, i’m always tired and sometimes nauseous but not all the time. Today i’m on my periods. What could be the cause of my sore nipples?

  98. Me and my boyfriend masterbsted together one week and two days ago an he had pre cum on his fingers and he fingered me.. Now I’m haveing lower stomach pains and around the outside of my nipples are darker ????could I be preg??

  99. I’m 23 years old. My nipples are sore only to the touch. My breasts aren’t sore, just the nipple. They don’t appear to be swollen and there is not leakage or change in color. Can anyone tell me what this can be?

  100. youqueen girl illustration Juleah

    Hi,my name is Juleah and I am 16 years old and my nipple is killing me I can barely do anything and its started with my boob hurting then it moved to my nipple and it started yesterday before I went to bed. What is wrong I’m scared for my life?

  101. youqueen girl illustration jagrati

    I turned 20 today
    I’ve been having protected sex always though.. and once had a contraceptive because of what I had periods 15 days earlier than the actual date.
    I didn’t have my periods the entire month.. hoping to have them soon.
    And I am also growing little chubby might be because I am hogging too much being at home this summer. :P
    Once during sex I had so much of pain outta the box suddenly just for 5 minutes though I am assuming it as gas problem..
    But since then my nipples hurts when ever I wear no bra.
    I am assuming this cause because of either late periods or no periods.
    Or I am growing more and.
    Might be i am pregnant.

    But I am prettiest sure its not possible cause I always use protection.

    Please guid me something understanding the entire situation.
    Thank you.

  102. youqueen girl illustration Heather

    Both of My nipple areas have been hurting for the past, say, 2 weeks. I’m only 18 years old, have the implanon implant birth control, and don’t have my periods anymore due to that. It’s really random so I was just wondering if this has happened to anyone prolonged like me?

  103. I’ve been really stressed lately and I started working night shift. I’m late for my period and my boobs started to hurt yesterday. And people have been scarying me that I’m preg. Am I late due to stress?

  104. My nipples have been hurting since yesterday and I don’t think it’s my period time or anything.. I’m only 18 and single what could this pain be?

  105. youqueen girl illustration YeeOuch

    I Am 38 and Almost 7 Months Pregnant. Every Day I Get Sharp Pains In My Nipples That Go through My Breasts. It’s Either One Or the Other, Never Both At The Same Time. The Pain Lasts Between 7 And 10 Mins. The Pain Is Sharp Like Pins Being Poked And It Is Very Painful Almost To The Point of Tears. I Have Talked To My Mid-Wife And All She Says Can Be Done Is To Get Some Lanolin or Nipple Cream But Says It Won’t Stop The Pain. Can You Help To Explain This To Me & Make The Pain Go Away?

  106. youqueen girl illustration swetha

    Am 21year old.i have a pain in my right nipple.diz the 2nd time am suffering with such pain.1st tym when my boyfriend sucked harshly my boobs i got it.

  107. Pls what are the cure for sore painful nipple.thanks i’ve really learnt alot from this article.

  108. youqueen girl illustration Chelsea

    I am on a birth control, implanon, and I do not have periods. My nipples have been so tender and sore, even to touch, and I don’t know if it is caused by PMS or what because I do not have menstrual cycles. I don’t believe that I am pregnant either or have breast cancer. Would any of these causes be associated with mine?

  109. youqueen boy illustration shimon

    Going braless is solving breast pain. It brings the fluids to movement. And stops tbe pain.

  110. Nipples hurt off and on also when this happens my chest will start to hurt like I have heartburn but it’s not that can you help me it makes me feel uncomfortable

  111. My breast and nipple hurts so bad, feels like when I was breast feeding after I had my daughter (now 5 yrs old) it’s painful. It feels like my breast is getting fuller since the pain started, I’m not on any medication. 28 yrs old and sexually active. Please help

  112. I’m only 12 and I started 2 months ago and my period is coming up and I’m new to this so is it normal to have really pink sore nipples ?!?

  113. I have been experiencing this niple pain this month. I notice after my ovulation. It has been 2 weeks or more and still painfull. I am not sure what to do. And if i should go to the doctor. I am concern about it. I am 40 years old and i am wondering if is part of menopase or premenopausal. Not sure?

  114. youqueen girl illustration jessikah

    My nipple just randomly started to swell and turned brown only my nipples did but my entire breasts swelled and got hard my nipple for about 2 years after having my kid leak only when I squeeze them but it’s only a little droplet and my nipples itch as well as around them idk what I should do??

  115. youqueen girl illustration Carrie

    I’ve been off contraception for a year now. I’m 21 and have been on the combined pill since the age of 15. I have polycystic ovaries and have never had regular bleeds. For the past two days my nipples have been SO SORE to touch. Even just a brush against them is too much. I have also had a white discharge from my nipples when squeezed. I was told that this is probably from being on the pill for so long.

    I don’t believe I’m pregnant. But it could be possible. Yet to test. But I was just wondering if this was a normal occurrence between bleeds. due to PMS. But I’ve never had any forms of PM.

    Any advice?

  116. My nipple is hurting and i can not move much because it will hurt what do you think that means

  117. youqueen girl illustration Deneen

    I haven’t had a period for sometime, but me nipples hurts like crazy a lot of time

  118. My nipples are very painful at first I thought I was getting in to my periods but my flow just stop its been a month now with some few days.I don’t know what is wrong with me.

  119. Is there anything that you can actually do to ease the symptoms? My nipples have been constantly hard, sore and in pain, and feverish. I’ve taken Tylenol and wondered about an antihistamine cream of some sort.

  120. youqueen girl illustration Claire

    Just recently my nipples started hurting and I don’t know why, it’s not like a chaffing pain is more like a pain where the hurt if I touch them like very sore and tender, it’s not my whole boob that hurts is just my nipple.

  121. youqueen girl illustration Sochil

    I’m having breast pain, side pain and heart pain idk y and I wou like to know b/c this is painful and I can’t figure y is that

  122. My nipples have been hurting for about 3 weeks now. They are extremely sensitive, I can see new lumps between the Ariola and the nipples, even the bra hurts them, sleeping is a problem, my husband is off the breast area, and no one is allowed to hug me tight. I do pluck breast hair around the ariola area so I hope that did not cause me an infection. I also think of the possibility that new re growth hair may be causing me this pain. If pain continues this week I will go see a doctor. Any cancer possibility is scary .

  123. I hear a lot about sore itchy nipples in menopause, but I am 79 years old and have sore itchy nipples and night sweats. I have used a estrogen patch in the past for the sweats but it didn’t seem to help. Sure would like to know if there is help.

  124. youqueen girl illustration Kimberly strong

    I have had my left boob only to be very tender and sore for the past 3 days I can barely push my nipple in and it hurts a little more what could this be I’m scared that it could be something serious I have never had this before but I’m under a lot of stress to but this is something new during me being stressed and I have fever and milk discharge from my nipple and itching constancely

  125. youqueen girl illustration Confused

    I’m going through this right now because I’m starting to grow Brest and I can grab my right nipple but can’t grab left cause every time I try it goes back in. I need some advice is this normal?

  126. My nipples are highly sensitive and darker in color. What does this mean????

  127. youqueen girl illustration Carine

    My breast only hurt when I’m pregnant, I did the test it’s showing not pregnant. Is my body changing or what? My nipple hurt as well

  128. Ive been experiencing sensitive nipples,havent had my periods yet they should actualy be coming around next week…could i be pregnant?

  129. youqueen girl illustration Lauren

    It’s been about a month or two now scince my nipples started hurting. I haven’t gone through puberty yet and I don’t think I even started. It’s hurts so much to lie on my stomach. Help.

  130. youqueen girl illustration BASHEER KAB

    What is d cause of nipple pains during menstruation,it started 4days to my menstruation and the pain still continue.Could it be a sign of early pregnancy.

  131. youqueen girl illustration BASHEER KAB

    What is d cause of nipple pains during menstruation,it started 4days to my menstruation and the pain still continue.Could it be a sign of early pregnancy.Because i have sex 11days after my last menstruation.

  132. It was very helpful but I have a question I’m 12 and my hole upper body hurts what should I do

  133. My virgina hot wen am urinating and my nipples sore and it pains but am seeing my menstruation,AM I PREGNANT?

  134. youqueen girl illustration kristy

    I have soreness of my nipples 24/7. I am clueless of why this is. Does anyone else have this problem?

  135. youqueen girl illustration anonymous

    i have a question. i am 18 years old.i have breast pain when i press them with my hands and i can actually feel sort of hard things inside my breast . do i have to consult a doctor? i dont know what to do and i am scared to death. i also have soreness almost everyday. i can also see dark dots around both my nipples. i am indian and my nipples are very dark Is that the reaon why i have these darkish dot like structures around my nipples? anyone please help me. I am so scared these days!

  136. my left breast started hurting all of a sudden one morning and I don’t know why, I sleep on my stomach most times and I used to have a nipple piercing long ago. the pain is “behind the nipple sort of, I can’t exactly pin point the area of the pain but it’s there.

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