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Dr. Lydia Collins
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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.


Dr. Annette Occhialini
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Have protruding nipples. Any suggestions to stop the looks?

Dr. Annette Occhialini
Board Certified, Plastic Surgery
31 years in practice
495K people helped
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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Dr. Lydia Collins
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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.


Dr. Otto Placik
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What do sore breasts and sore protruding nipples mean?

Dr. Otto Placik
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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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Dr. Annette Occhialini
Board Certified, Plastic Surgery
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Have protruding nipples. Any suggestions to stop the looks?

Dr. Annette Occhialini
Board Certified, Plastic Surgery
31 years in practice
495K people helped

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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Dr. Alexander Nein
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Protruding nipples = ready for sex?

Dr. Alexander Nein
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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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Dr. Robert Schnarrs
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My daughter has large protruding nipples. Any suggestions to stop stares?

Dr. Robert Schnarrs
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Nipples: You can actually do a nipple reduction, minor procedure. ...Read more

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Dr. Andres Sarraga
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Meaning of protruding nipples in early pregnancy?

Dr. Andres Sarraga
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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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Dr. Otto Placik
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What do sore breasts and sore protruding nipples mean?

Dr. Otto Placik
Board Certified, Plastic Surgery
29 years in practice
34M people helped

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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Dr. Antonio Carbonell
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What do sore breasts and protruding nipples mean?

Dr. Antonio Carbonell
Board Certified, Plastic Surgery
47 years in practice
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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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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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I was wondering are protruding and painful nipples a symptom of pregnancy?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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I was wondering are protruding and painful nipples a symptom of pregnancy?

It can be, but it is: Not diagnostic for pregnancy. So take a pregnancy test is your period is late. ...Read more

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Dr. Jane van Dis
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My nipple has a protruding areola?

Dr. Jane van Dis
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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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