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What Does It Mean When Your Nipples Are Sore
Varies: Many women will have those symptoms as the Progesterone level rises because the nipple can be more sensitive to progesterone. The Progesterone level increases after ovulation and falls just before the period starts - if conception occurs the Progesterone levels stays elevated and goes even higher due to the pregnancy. ...Read more
Sore Nipples: Sore nipples are a common complaint among women. Although your period ended 12 days ago, you may be experiencing hormonal fluctuations. Fluctuating levels of the hormone estrogen may cause sore nipples. Yes, pregnancy can also cause sore nipples, but if you have your period recently, this may not be the case. Birth control pills may also cause sore nipples because they can also cause fluctuations. ...Read more
Probably nothing: Such changes can occur during menses, pregnancy, periods of breast growth, sometimes when initiating ocps/hormonal birth control. Monitor for any changes (e.g. Bumps, lumps, etc..) with routine breast self exams. Additionally, if symptoms are persistent, see your health care provider. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Get help: There are several ways you can fix this, but the one thing not to do is to just wait and hope it will get better. A lactation consultant or nurse or doctor can help. If you are sore and cracked, it will cause you pain and put you are risk for infection! try allowing the nipple to air dry with some breast milk on them after feeds and review the baby's latch on position carefully. Good luck! ...Read more
Various causes!: Nipple itching can have serious underlying causes. Therefore one should be evaluated by a physician. The history and physical should lead one to a cause and determines further work up or treatment. An example of a serious cause is paget's dz, a rare breast cancer form. Less serious are benign breast tumors, skin dz like atopic dermatitis, mechanical causes like "joggers nipple.". ...Read more
Breast Pain: Constant, dull aching pain in the outer extremities of the breast is a normal problem and often results from changes in the breast tissue, often referred to as "fibrocystic" changes. Pain in the nipple may indicate infection, or it could result from injury or friction. Other causes of breast and nipple pain include benign tumors, mastitis and cancerous tumors (these usually do not cause pain). ...Read more
Nipples: 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
Gynecomastia: Gynecomastia is development of male breasts which can be preceded by nipple sensitivity in those w/excess estrogen. I mention this because you used the symbol for a guy. If that was in error, you might have mastitis or localized infection of your nipples. Regardless of your gender, go see your family physician for evaluation, diagnosis & treatment. ...Read more
Galactorrhea: Possible causes for galactorrhea include but are not limited to use of birth control pills, tricyclic antidepressants, antipsychotic meds, some sedatives, fennel, anise, fenugreek, some hypertension meds, cocaine, opioids, hypothyroidism, prolactinoma, renal dz, testosterone deficiency in men ; significant breast stimulation. ...Read more
Candidiasis: You need to see a doctor and get examined to better get a sense of what's going on here. Itchiness is a common symptom for people who have clothing/detergent allergies. Alternatively you could have a fungal/yeast infection call candidiasis, which can be treated with over the counter anti-fungals, but see your MD first. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Fibrocystic changes: You could have fibrocystic changes. This is the most common cause of breast pain. It can be aggravated by caffeine, stress, menstrual cycle and hormonal supplements. If you are over 40, then you should have a mammogram and ultrasound. Please get evaluated by a breast specialist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
That could be PMS.: Pms symptoms can include pelvic/ abdominal cramping, nausea, bloating, weight gain, moodiness, irritability, pain ; swelling of breasts, feeling tired, insomnia, headaches, ^ acne, food cravings, ^ appetite, swelling of hands ; feet, dizziness, thinking less clearly, urinary sxs ; exacerbation of chronic conditions. ...Read more
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