What causes nipple pain?

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  • ADevi Nampiaparampil, MD, Pain Medicine, answered

    Nipple pain can be normal. As the levels of estrogen and progesterone in the body change (during a woman's cycle), nipple sensitivity can also change. Nipple pain can also be mechanical-- from friction with certain fabrics, for example.

    If you feel a firm mass under the nipple, if you see any redness, discharge, or bleeding, or if you have any fevers or chills, it is worth getting checked by a healthcare provider. Women, usually those who are breastfeeding, can get mastitis, which is a type of infection. Others can have inflammatory conditions affecting the breast itself.

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