It is incredibly common for women to experience some nipple pain and soreness every once in a while. However, just because it is normal, doesn’t make it any less frustrating when it happens. When our patients report to us that their nipples have been sore, sensitive, or tender, there are plenty of reasons we can hypothesize is causing this symptom. If you are currently going experiencing nipple soreness, continue reading below to find out what it might be that cause behind your discomfort.

Your Menstrual Cycle

There are many women who experience sore breasts and/or nipple both before and during their menstrual cycle. Sure, these symptoms can be quite annoying, but at the same time, it is important to note that they are nothing to worry about. In almost all cases, waiting a few days will lead to the sensitivity and tenderness to go away. If you want to limit the soreness, try reducing how much sodium you put in your body. When you eat a lot of food that contains salt, it will make you retain water, which will lend to the tenderness becoming worse.


When a woman is pregnant, her hormones are off the charts. This can make her breast tissue very sensitive. If you have noticed that your nipples feel both fuller and more tender, it could be because you are pregnant. Women also tend to notice that their nipples begin to increase in size and become darker in color around the eighth week of pregnancy.

If you know you are pregnant and you are looking for a way to minimize your nipple or breast pain, you may want to try one of the following helpful tips:

  • Invest in a soft pregnancy bra made specifically to decrease pain that is often caused by wearing a traditional bra when you are pregnant.
  • Increase your water intake. When you stay hydrated you can flush out hormones and excess fluids from your body.
  • Apply a warm compress to your nipples. The heat can help to relieve you from the discomfort you are feeling.
  • Use olive oil, coconut oil, or sweet almond oil to massage your nipples to ensure that they do not become too dry.


In some cases, sore nipples cannot be attributed to a simple imbalance of hormones. A condition known to cause inflammation in the breast tissues, mastitis, can cause your nipples to become swollen, red, and painful to the touch. Women with this condition can also experience additional symptoms like fever, fatigue, and the chills.

Most often, mastitis occurs when a woman is breastfeeding. When the milk stays in the breast for an extended amount of time, an infection is also the result. In order to prevent mastitis, it is important for you to either nurse your infant often or to pump your breast milk when you are unable to feed your child. If you are already experiencing these symptoms, however, it is important that you contact your doctor within 24 hours if the symptoms do not improve.


If you are someone who exercises regularly, you may have experienced nipple tenderness before. Friction caused by exercising in the wrong size sports bra is known to cause sensitive nipples. The most common signs that your exercise routine is leaving your nipples in pain is nipple itching, chafing, and redness. You can remedy this by buying a sports bra that offers plenty of support.

An Allergic Reaction

As one of the most sensitive parts of your body, your nipples can easily have a negative reaction to certain chemicals. If you discover that your nipples are sore, red, or chafed and you are not sure why, consider whether or not you have used a new lotion, soap, or laundry detergent recently. Stop using the product and your symptoms should resolve over the period of a few days.

Contact Your GYN In Ponte Vedra Beach

At Neuman GYN, we are always here to offer support to our patients, regardless of what they are going through. If you have nipple pain or soreness and you are not sure why, contact us today. We would love to be able to offer you our compassionate care and a solution to any health issues you are currently experiencing.

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