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Dr. Laura Webb
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Lactation Problems (Definition)

Refers to challenges with breastfeeding. Can include problems with latch and milk transfer to infant. Also can include inadequate supply for a variety of reasons. Also can include breast infection- mastitis as well as ...Read more


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What causes sore nipples? I'm not pregnant or breastfeeding

What causes sore nipples? I'm not pregnant or breastfeeding

Friction: Sometimes it just simple friction from the material from a bra or shirt especially if one is active that can cause irritation and soreness. ...Read more

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How long does asymmetric breasts associated with lactation problems last?

How long does asymmetric breasts associated with lactation problems last?

Can be permanent: But i would suggest that you wait a minimum of 4-6 months following cessation of lactation prior to drawing any final conclusions'. Large differences during engorgement may be less noticeable when the swelling resolves and involution is complete. ...Read more

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Can stress cause breast pain and bleeding nipples?

Can stress cause breast pain and bleeding nipples?

Stress: You can't chalk breast pain and bleeding nipples up to stress. You must be seen by a doctor for this! ...Read more

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Does fibroadenoma also cause nipple discharge during pregnancy?

Does fibroadenoma also cause nipple discharge during pregnancy?

No: A fibroadenoma is a solid benign mass. It can increase in size or become more sensitive/painful during pregnancy due to the increased hormone exposure. If the fibroadenoma is larger, meaning over 2 cm, it could be compressing/blocking a nearby duct but the mass itself does not produce fluid and result in nipple discharge. ...Read more

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Can breastfeeding and pumping cause nipple inversion?

Can breastfeeding and pumping cause nipple inversion?

Nipple inversion: Yes breast feeding or pumping can cause nipple inversion because of loosening the tissue around the nipple. ...Read more

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Does having your nipples pierced effect breast feeding ?

Does having your nipples pierced effect breast feeding ?

Breastfeeding: By and large nipple piercing will not interfere with your breastfeeding as long as you remove your jewelry before feeding. Be aware that nipple piercing can sometime lead to blocked milk ducts and infection. ...Read more

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Can a UTI cause itchy breasts?

Can a UTI cause itchy breasts?

No reason: Unless you are having febrile utis which make you perspire ; perspiration is making your breasts itchy! ...Read more

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Can prenatal vitamin cause sore breasts, not pregnant?

Can prenatal vitamin cause sore breasts, not pregnant?

Doubt it.: Causes of breast pain can include cysts, prior surgery, trauma, medications (oral contraceptives, infertility tx, ssri's), large breast size, premenstrual syndrome, ovulation, period ; pregnancy. Your physician may be able to help determine the cause. ...Read more

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Can mild increase in prolactin cause tender breast especially before menstruation? Can it cause obesity?

Can mild increase in prolactin cause tender breast especially before menstruation? Can it cause obesity?

Prolactin: The mild increase can cause the breast tenderness and may cause a discharge. However, it isn't a cause of the obesity. Birth control pills, or other medications may also cause mild elevation in prolactin levels. ...Read more

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Does a yeast and BV cause sore breast?

Does a yeast and BV cause sore breast?

No: No, bacterial vaginosis and vaginal yeast infection do not cause sore breasts. ...Read more

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Does adivert cause breast tenderness?

Does adivert cause breast tenderness?

Check spelling: Checkout the spelling of your medication. The closest medication i can relate would be antivert, (meclizine) which is usually pervert ago. And I am not familiar with that causing breast tenderness. ...Read more

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What else besides pregnancy can cause sore nipples?

What else besides pregnancy can cause sore nipples?

Many thingd: Your nipples are hormones and touch sensitive. The fluctuation of your hormone levels that occur during the month or with pregnancy can cause soreness. Touch stimulation such as with foreplay or from an improperly fitting bra or from going beakers can also cause nipple soreness. If the soreness persists or if you have a nipple discharge or breast lump, i would recommend seeing your doctor for eval. ...Read more

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Boob hurts with sore and sensitive nipples? Any other causes besides pregnancy?

Boob hurts with sore and sensitive nipples? Any other causes besides pregnancy?

Fibrocystc: The most common cause of breast tenderness is due to fibrocystic changes in the breast. The breast has many glandular components and these glands can form small cysts that come and go, but can be very painful. One solution is to avoid as much caffeine as possible as this can intensify the symptoms. ...Read more

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What could cause both breasts to have discharge during manipulation?

Milk?: Breast stimulation causes your body to release oxytocin. If you've given birth before, milk can be released during breast stimulation. Its always best to have a doctor confirm that it is milk because breast cancer is an occasional cause of breast discharge. the risk for this is higher if the discharge is on one side and contains blood. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Does hormonal imbalance cause infertility and breast discharge?

Does hormonal imbalance cause infertility and breast discharge?

It can: Hormone imbalances are among the most common causes of infertility. Excess of hormone called prolactin can cause milky breast discharge. It is a good idea to see your gyn or a fertility specialist to have this evaluated. ...Read more

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My friend who is a virgin , and is 20 has extremely sore nipples , what are some causes and at home treatments?

My friend who is a virgin , and is 20 has extremely sore nipples , what are some causes and at home treatments?

Some meds: High hormones can cause nipple tenderness in young people.. Take vitamin e capsules at least once a day. For some unknown reason this works on breast tenderness... ...Read more

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What cause me to have vaginal bleeding an sore nipples?

What cause me to have vaginal bleeding an sore nipples?

Hormonal changes: Usually due to a surge s estrogen or progesterone- really not uncommon; however, if symtoms persist, call your GYN. ...Read more

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Can nuvaring cause sore nipples at first?

Can nuvaring cause sore nipples at first?

Yes: Some women are very sensitive to even very small amounts of estrogen, found in NuvaRing. Fortunately your body will adjust to this over time. Try wearing a padded bra for now. ...Read more

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I am a 77 year old female suffering from sore nipples. Cause? Cure? Thanks

I am a 77 year old female suffering from sore nipples. Cause? Cure? Thanks

Several causes.: Might be hormonal more than anything else. For something bad ( cancer) to happen and affect both nipples at the same time would be extremely unlikely. But an elevated prolactin can do this ( many medicines can do this, ie. Meclopropamide), and a low thyroid will also elevate prolactin levels. Finally, if you are using a new detergent for your bra, this might causes some reaction. ...Read more

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What causes sore nipples, spotting before period and painful sex?

What causes sore nipples, spotting before period and painful sex?

Various factors: The three symptoms are likely not related. A visit to an ob/gyn might be your best option, to evaluate all three problems. ...Read more

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What can cause really sore nipples?

Hormones: Hormones, such as progesterone, are the most common culprit. Pregnancy can cause as well. Birth control pills too. ...Read more

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What would cause sore nipples in a guy?

What would cause sore nipples in a guy?

Pubertal changes: Boys in early puberty often have some breast development and can have a small amount of breast tissue. This is called physiologic gynecomastia. They often have tender or sore nipples. ...Read more

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Hello, I am a 20 year old female and for some reason I have very itchy, sore nipples.What are the possible causes?

Contact or irritant: There is a condition called runners nipple, it occurs from rubbing on shirts, etc. Vaseline or a topical steroid may help. There are cases of breast cancer on the nipple, so make sure to get a proper evaluation! ...Read more

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I have had sore nipples for 17 days. The sensitivity started 2 days after my period ended on the 25 of november. What could cause this? Hurts to touch

Protect them: If you sleep on your stomach that pressure will decrease blood flow and impair healing and perpetuate your symptoms. Is your bra creating pressure or chafing as well? Try a triple antibiotic ointment and loose bandaid over each nipple and no bra for a few days. If these measures don't help then see your gynecologist for help. ...Read more

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Sore nipples all month! One day late on period. Negative hpt.what is cause of sore nipples all month? Miscarriage 2 month ago

Topic page: Here is a link to the Healthtap topic page on breast and nipple pain. Here you will find many answer to various similar questions to this from our healthtap doctors. https://www.healthtap.com/#topics/Breast-pain ...Read more

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I been taking prenatal vitamins for about a month now with no stomach problems. Now i have sore nipples and my stomach is hard. What could it be?

I been taking prenatal vitamins for about a month now with no stomach problems. Now i have sore nipples and my stomach is hard. What could it be?

Pregnant?: Hello it sounds like you may be pregnant. The symptoms you describe do not seem to be side effects of the vitamins. Please discuss your symptoms with your doctor. If you have stomach pain or fever you should be seen right away. ...Read more

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I woke up with sore nipples, what could be wrong?

Nipple pain: Some women experience pain of nipples when stressed or cold due to vasospasm (raynaud’s of the nipple). Allergies to deodorants, lotions ; soap can cause pain. Eczema or psoriasis can lead to nipple pain. When the nipple is engorged it can cause pain. Hormonal changes can cause (puberty, pms, period, pregnancy ; breast feeding). Thrush or bacterial infections can lead to pain. Friction against. ...Read more

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I've been having sore nipples for about a week and half ...What should I do?

I've been having sore nipples for about a week and half ...What should I do?

Need more info: More information is needed to answer this question including information about your medications, menstrual cycle, birth control, consistency of pain. Perhaps a consultation will help or reasking with more information ...Read more

Nipple (Definition)

A nipple also known mammary papilla or teat is a small projection of skin containing the outlets for 15–20 lactiferous ducts. Its at the apex or top or breast ...Read more


Dr. Scott Keith
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Nipple Irritation (Definition)

A condition that can include discharge, irritation, cracking, and swelling, and can occur in both men and women. ...Read more