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For many women, soreness and tenderness in the breasts and nipples is very common and can stem from simple and natural causes such as fondling during love-making, to more serious causes such as periods, pregnancies, fibrocystic breast disease, hormonal imbalance, menopause, and a host of other reasons.

Very erect, sensitive and sore nipples can be extremely painful to the touch, rubbing against clothing, and even when taking a shower. Usually such extreme sensitivity and tenderness stems largely from an excess of the female hormone estrogen. As such, it is wise to speak with your doctor, to confirm this is not the case. If in fact it is however, he or she will prescribe medication to balance and realign your Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) with Progesterone and Testosterone usually.

Pregnancy

To rule out the above-mentioned possibilities, it is best to see your doctor immediately. An important step is to first confirm if you are pregnant, so you can take the necessary precautions and prenatal vitamins as soon as possible. Remember, it is possible to test anywhere from a week to even two weeks after your first missed period. A highly sensitive test can detect a pregnancy even 10 days or so after ovulation.

Even if your test is positive or even negative, follow up with your doctor and get a more specific test like a blood test to detect the levels of the pregnancy hormone HCG in your blood serum. Until you have been to a doctor and he or she has confirmed you are not pregnant, please do not take any oral contraceptives, if you were taking them before.

Some Helpful Suggestions

In the meantime, if you must wear especially loose clothing, know they may rub against your nipples, try applying a rich moisturizing hypoallergenic cream, breast balm or just a dab of petroleum jelly, Neosporin or Polysporin can help as well. Also, many women have reported using small breast or lift adhesives you can wear with your bra for extra cushioning that do wonders to help to alleviate some of the discomfort.

Words Of Caution

Since the possibilities are many, it can be very difficult to precisely pin-point and confirm a diagnosis. Therefore, it is critical to physically get to your doctor's office, so he or she can examine you, collect pertinent data and medical information from you, conduct further and related investigation if needed and align the findings with the medical information available and the information you have provided.

This will allow your doctor to formulate a more precise diagnosis. Do not take this condition for granted, especially if it is not normal for you when you get a period, and if you are certain you are not pregnant. This could be a sign of something more serious, could only be more painful and will take a longer time to heal, if left untreated and examined. As such, when in doubt-do nothing except see your doctor. As always, play it safe.

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