There really is no need to worry if as a lady you have painful nipples, though you have to pay attention if it gets more serious.

The nipples are a very sensitive part of the female body and can cause one to be uncomfortable when it hurts.

If you’ve noticed that your nipples have become painful lately, then it could be for a number of reasons. Here are five of the most common causes of sensitive, tender, or sore nipples.

1. Menstrual Cycles

Many women experience sore breasts or nipples during their menstrual cycles. While it may be annoying and painful, it is nothing to worry about. After a couple of days, the tenderness should go away by itself.

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2.  Pregnancy

When you become pregnant, your hormones tend to go a little crazy, and the breast tissue is very sensitive to hormones. This is why pregnancy tends to make your breasts and nipples feel fuller and more tender. At around eight weeks of pregnancy, the areolas become bigger, darker, and more sensitive.

3.   Allergic Reaction

Nipples are the most sensitive parts of your body, so it’s not uncommon for them to have a bad reaction to some chemicals. Certain soaps, lotions, fabric or laundry detergents may cause your nipples to be sore. If you experience itching, redness, it could mean that you’re having an allergic reaction.

4.  Friction

Regular exercise is the key to living a healthy life. However, if you’re not careful, exercise may be what’s causing your tender nipples. It’s important that you get a properly fitting sports bra. When a sports bra is too big, your breasts bounce around, and this may cause friction between your nipple and the fabric. Make sure your bra is just the right size, with plenty of support.

5. Nipple discharge

Some adult women will, when they squeeze their nipples, see some kind of discharge. It’s normal; these are milk-making machines, and even if you’re not pregnant, you’ll likely have a bit of fluid in there anyway.

But discharge that’s unprompted can actually be a pretty good way of signalling other problems in the body.

There are, in medical terms, seven different types of discharge that the breast can create, and the causes depend heavily on what is happening to you.