Guide to sensitive nipples and tender breasts

Guide to sensitive nipples and tender breasts
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If you are one of those women who constantly wonder why you have sensitive nipples and tender breasts after ovulation you should not worry. It is normal for any women to have sore nipples or breasts (especially after ovulation). There are many reasons that cause this to happen and we will discuss the most common ones below.


What causes sensitive nipples and tender breasts?

As you may already know, a huge part of women’s health depends on the hormonal level and interactions. During the menstrual cycle, these female hormones change in quantity to allow for the body to change and carry out various reproduction duties. The two hormones responsible for these .changes and adaptations are estrogen and progesterone. Their activity before, during, and after ovulation is also linked to the changes in your breasts. When these hormones increase, you can experience sore nipples and tender breasts; this is especially true for progesterone.

When the progesterone level rise around the ovulation period of the menstrual cycle, the body begins to prepare itself for possible pregnancy. Parts of these preparations include the increase in size of the breast with the objective of getting them ready for milk production and nursing. To get the breasts to grow bigger and fuller, progesterone cause the body to retain water. Because of the retained water, the body appears bloated, the breasts are the first organs to swell.


As they continue to fill up with the retained water, they begin to stretch and become sensitive. The higher the levels of progesterone circulating in the blood stream, the more the body will retrain water and the breasts increase in size thereby becoming more sensitive and tender.

Now there are some foods that increase the retention of water adding on to the progesterone effect. Foods like salt and caffeine have been fingered as potential water retaining agents. So taking a lot of caffeine and salt around the ovulation days could increase the chances of having sensitive breasts.


Other causes of sensitive nipples and or tender breasts

1. Pregnancy

One of the early signs of pregnancy include tender breasts. For some people, especially those who are trying for a baby or engaging in sex without any contraception, having sensitive nipples and tender breasts in the period following ovulation can be an onset sign of pregnancy. Usually the sore breast are followed or accompanied by other signs like bleeding and cramping as a result of implantation. Generally a home-based pregnancy test, after about 10 to 14 days of experiencing sore breasts after ovulation can tell you if you are pregnant or not.

2. Failed pregnancy

Sometimes when a woman miscarries the level of hormones remains high and the receptors to the hormones sensitive. In such cases and conditions, the progesterone released during ovulation can easily cause the tenderness of breasts. Women who have been pregnant before can also experience the same effect when they have their menstrual cycle after the pregnancy has ended.


Dealing with sensitive nipples and tender breasts

There are some ways that you can relieve yourself from breast sensitivity and tenderness. Here are some of the ones that have proved to be efficient for many women:

  • Wearing a comfortable padded support bra can help relieve the pain brought by sensitiveness and ensure that the breasts are not overstretched during ovulation swelling
  • Use of ice and cold compresses on the tender areas can take care of the sensitiveness
  • Reducing the intake of salt and caffeine around the days surrounding ovulation can reduce the amount of water retained during the period of ovulation.
  • Since the breasts are already sensitive, avoiding tight fighting cloths especially dresses and tops that hug on to the skin can be a big difference in as far as reducing the feelings of sensitiveness is concerned.
  • Adding more foods rich in fiber to the diet can help regulate the hormonal production and hence their levels in the blood stream in the days surrounding ovulation.


For most women, the sensitiveness and tenderness will reduce and the breast return to normal before the period arrives. Continued sensitiveness and swelling of the breast after the period has come, with a negative pregnancy test, should be reported to the doctor. Other than that, experiencing breast tenderness after ovulation is natural for most women and it would not be a reason to stress and worry about. If the sensitiveness is causing you to be uncomfortable just try applying one of the tips we discussed above, you can a try a number of them until you find one that works well for you.




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