Why Do My Nipples Hurt?

Nipples Hurt

Many women have had sore nipples at one time or another. There are many reasons for sore nipples, including friction, hormonal imbalances and inflammatory disorders, environmental factors, allergies, skin conditions, and infections. It is uncommon to get nipple cancer. If both nipples become sore, it is rarely indicative of breast carcinoma. This usually affects only one breast at a given time.

Nipples Hurt


Fissure of the Nipple, also known as “jogger’s pain” or “joggers nipple”, can be caused by friction from running and other sports. Repeated fabric friction against the skin can cause soreness if you are not wearing a bra or working out. These symptoms may be:

  • Soreness
  • Dryness
  • Irritation
  • Bleeding

Exercise for prolonged periods can increase your risk. This condition is more common in long-distance runners, but it can also affect other athletes. This condition can also affect surfers who do not wear rashguards.

To avoid friction

  • Wear a sports bra that is well-fitted.
  • Instead of cotton, use synthetic fabrics
  • Exercise with a waterproof plaster and surgical tape
  • You can use specialized protective products such as rash guards
  • Apply a barrier cream or nipple protection if your skin is already damaged.

If you are concerned, get medical advice.

Allergy and sensitivity

Your nipples, one of the most sensitive parts of your body, react to subtle changes in the surrounding environment. You might notice a sensitivity to different stimuli, such as:

  • Hot or cold weather
  • Soap or shower gel
  • Laundry detergent
  • Lotions
  • Woollens are an excellent fabric for clothing.

Itching, redness, or chapping are all signs of allergy or sensitivity.

Sexual activity

Your nipples can become sore from friction or rubbing during sexual activity. It is usually temporary and will disappear once the nipples have had a chance to heal. It may be helpful to apply a moisturizer, antiseptic, and barrier gel as needed.

Hormonal changes

The changes in progesterone and estrogen levels can cause nipple discomfort or pain at specific times during a woman’s month. Most often, tenderness in your breasts and nipples occurs before you have your period. This is normal and not something to be concerned about. However, seek medical attention if the soreness persists beyond a brief period. Who may refer you to your GP for hormone testing?

Paget’s disease in the nipple

Paget’s disease can cause nipple pain very rarely. This rare nipple condition accounts for 1% of all breast carcinomas. This could be a sign of underlying breast cancer. It is not known what caused it.

The earliest signs of nipple skin disease include:

  • Redness
  • Crusting

Who can find these advanced symptoms:

  • Itching
  • Tingling
  • Sensitivity
  • Burning sensations or pain

The most common treatment is surgery. But, who may require surgery depending on the severity of the condition?

  • Lumpectomy and radiotherapy
  • A mastectomy simple or modified
  • Radical mastectomy

Also Read: When Do Breasts Stop Growing?