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Dr. Julie Abbott
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Protruding Nipples (Overview)

Most women's breasts have nipples that stick out (protrude) slightly at rest and become erect when stimulated, as with cold. During pregnancy, the nipple and the pigmented area around it (areola) thicken in preparation for breastfeeding. Little glands (Montgomery glands) on the areola become more noticeable. They contain a lubricant to keep the nipple and areola from drying, cracking, or becoming infected.


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Have protruding nipples. Any suggestions to stop the looks?

Have protruding nipples. Any suggestions to stop the looks?

Bra inserts: There are inserts that can be placed in your bra to hide prominent nipples. Some padded bras work nicely as well. There are a few bras that have these inserts built in. ...Read more

Dr. Julie Abbott
7 Doctors shared insights

Protruding Nipples (Overview)

Most women's breasts have nipples that stick out (protrude) slightly at rest and become erect when stimulated, as with cold. During pregnancy, the nipple and the pigmented area around it (areola) thicken in preparation for breastfeeding. Little glands (Montgomery glands) on the areola become more noticeable. They contain a lubricant to keep the nipple and areola from drying, cracking, or becoming infected.


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What do sore breasts and sore protruding nipples mean?

What do sore breasts and sore protruding nipples mean?

Many things: This could mean a variety of things including hormonal stimulation that occurs with pregnancy, menses, hormonal supplementation or endocrinologic disturbances. ...Read more

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Protruding nipples = ready for sex?

Not necessarily: There can be any number of reasons that nipples can become firm and erect (protruding). Sexual arousal is of course one reason but not the only one. ...Read more

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Have protruding nipples. Any suggestions to stop the looks?

Bra inserts: There are inserts that can be placed in your bra to hide prominent nipples. Some padded bras work nicely as well. There are a few bras that have these inserts built in. ...Read more

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What do sore breasts and protruding nipples mean?

What do sore breasts and protruding nipples mean?

Cold Temperature: Breasts are modified sweat glands and respond to parasympathetic (ps) impulses. The ps system controls temperature, sweat gland secretions (sweaty palms when you're nervous, etc) and arousal response (protruding nipples and sensitive breasts). Breasts are most sensitive while lactating (breast feeding) and menstruation. ...Read more

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What do sore breasts and sore protruding nipples mean?

Many things: This could mean a variety of things including hormonal stimulation that occurs with pregnancy, menses, hormonal supplementation or endocrinologic disturbances. ...Read more

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Meaning of protruding nipples in early pregnancy?

Hormones: When you're pregnant the hormones Progesterone and estrogen go up, your breast gland will swell as well as the tissue and the nipple. This will cause protruding nipples. This is completely normal. ...Read more

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Will my nipples remain protruding and sore throughout my preganancy?

Yes: Unfortunately the answer is yes. The hormones of pregnancy make your nipples more sensitive and more prominent in preparation for breastfeeding. ...Read more

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My nipple has a protruding areola?

Get a check: A protruding area could be a growth under the areola. At your age this could be cause for concern thus I suggest that you see your doctor for a clinical breast exam to make sure it's not a growth. Good luck! ...Read more

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I'm very insecure about my breath because I don't have nipples, or at least not protruding ones. Is that normal? Will I still be able to breast feed?

I'm very insecure about my breath because I don't have nipples, or at least not protruding ones. Is that normal? Will I still be able to breast feed?

Probably: Most women have no problems breastfeeding. The trick is to get the tip of your nipple to the back of the baby's mouth while he is feeding to truly compress the milk ducts. A lactation consultant can help with technique when the baby is born to get you off to a good start! ...Read more

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Dark nipples, white tips&protruding. Bladder always feel like&desperate but not much to pee. Doesn't burn. Neg preg test and normal period. What's wrong?

See doc: Sounds like you could have a urinary tract infection. That would explain some of the symptoms. Dark nipples are not due to this. Could you be pregnant? Go to your doctor and get checked. If you have fever over 101, vomiting, severe abdominal pain go to the ER. ...Read more

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My teen has intermitant sharp chest pain. He said last time that it spread after to his left side and felt like it was "protruding". What can this be?

My teen has intermitant sharp chest pain. He said last time that it spread after to his left side and felt like it was "protruding". What can this be?

Work up/cause: Most cases of pediatric chest pain have undetermined cause, but musculo skeletal, pulmonary and cardiac causes should be considered. Preliminary workup depends on further details, but will often include a Chest radiograph and EKG. ...Read more

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Left side rib cage or chest protruding out. Since last 2 years my left side rib cage protrudes significantly more. Nothing in ultrasound. Am smoker.

Left side rib cage or chest protruding out. Since last 2 years my left side rib cage protrudes significantly more. Nothing in ultrasound. Am smoker.

See your doctor: Some people have oddly shaped ribs. You had an ultrasound but that is not the best imaging for lungs or bones. A chest x-ray would be better, but it would be best to see a doctor to determine what test would be best for you. Be well. ...Read more

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Why my chest protruding. I'm just 16 years old。。。what should I do?

Why my chest protruding. I'm just 16 years old。。。what should I do?

Ask your doctor:: Pectus carinatum is an uncommon birth defect in which a child's breastbone (sternum) bulges out abnormally. Sometimes the deformity isn't noticeable until after the adolescent growth spurt. For most children & teens, the main issue with pectus carinatum is the way it looks. Older teens and adults will usually need surgery to correct the problem if necessary. ...Read more

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Is barrel chest a protruding sternum?

Is barrel chest a protruding sternum?

Not exactly: Appropriately, the chest wall deformity is called pectus carinatum. Another term is pigeon chest. Barrel chest is usually used to describe a patient with copd/emphysema in whom the chest is larger in all dimensions. ...Read more

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Can the chest ribs be asymmetrical? I feel the first right rib (the bone right below the right clavicle) is more protruding than the left rib. Problem?

Can the chest ribs be asymmetrical? I feel the first right rib (the bone right below the right clavicle) is more protruding than the left rib. Problem?

Sounds normal: Nobody's body is perfectly symmetrical. Some people require differnt shoe sizes on each foot, women may require differnt bra cup sizes, and ribs may protrude more on one side than the other -- etc, etc, etc. This doesn't sound like something tow orry about. But discuss with your doctor if you remain concerned. ...Read more

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Soft mass protruding from right upper quadrant of chest area no pain associated extends from lower rib cage towards naval area about 1"1/2 wide by 5"?

Soft mass protruding from right upper quadrant of chest area no pain associated extends from lower rib cage towards naval area about 1"1/2 wide by 5"?

Mgt: Please see your PCP for an evaluation. From your description, a soft tissue tumor should be ruled out. An imaging test may be ordered by the PCP. Do you have any associated symptoms? ...Read more

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My chest bone sticks out, kind of noticeable. Protruding sternum help?

My chest bone sticks out, kind of noticeable. Protruding sternum help?

CARINATUM: Two deformities of the sternum. Pectus carinatum (pigeon chest) and pectus excavatum (sunken chest). Pectus excavatum if severe may produce symptoms, pectus carinatum usually not symptomatic. Pectus excavatum sometimes may require correction. ...Read more

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My chest bone sticks out, kind of noticeable. Protruding sternum pleas help?

My chest bone sticks out, kind of noticeable. Protruding sternum pleas help?

Pectus carinatum: Pc is a protruding breast bone. It can be helped by wearing an external pressure prosthesis. Usually takes about 6 months to correct. Same principle as braces for teeth. ...Read more

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Nipples are a bit sore and are sticking out more even thought they are normally flat, could this be a sign of early pregnancy?

Guessing in Medicine: There is no concrete history here to comment on. Any advice would be based purely on guessing.

When was your last period? Have you missed a period? Where you sexually active during the days of your fertility period? Are you on birth control? ...Read more

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Dr prescribed antacids & diagnosed GERD for my teen based on sharp chest pains, often traveling to his left side and feels like his side is protruding?

Dr prescribed antacids & diagnosed GERD for my teen based on sharp chest pains, often traveling to his left side and feels like his side is protruding?

Possibly correct: If he/she improves with acid medications, then this is the diagnosis. If the left side of the belly is feeling full, he/she may be constipated. Hard to get info on bowel movements in teens, but if not better with gerd meds, then check on this with the doctor. Focus on a healthy diet with regular meals, fluids and fiber, no soda or caffeine. ...Read more

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Very very very sore nipples for almost 2 weeks. Sticking out. I've had the mirena IUD for one year now. What can it be?

Very very very sore nipples for almost 2 weeks. Sticking out. I've had the mirena IUD for one year now. What can it be?

Not to: Alarm but these IUD's have a very small but nonetheless present FAILURE rate!
Get a Pregnancy test just as a PRECAUTION and remmber that your IUD does not affect your own hormone levels and an increase in estrogen can affect your breasts.
Hope this is helpful!
Dr Z ...Read more

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My chest wall has just recently become protruding toward the upper part of my sternum, it feels hard & I know its not my shoulder bones. Any ideas?

My chest wall has just recently become protruding toward the upper part of my sternum, it feels hard & I know its not my shoulder bones. Any ideas?

May be normal: There is a natural bump about 3 finger breaths below the thoracic inlet (the notch at the top of the chest below your adam's apple).
This is entirely normal and may feel more prominent to you if you haven't noticed it before. ...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