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Sharp nipple pain

By Anonymous March 19, 2015 - 9:43am
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I'm getting sharp pains around and under my right nipple. It comes in waves, not continuously, but frequent. Has been off and on today and yesterday, and I think a few days ago. Can't feel any lumps. I'm 47, not pre-menstrual, have three children youngest aged 11. What is the likely cause please? I am extremely stressed at the moment and have been for several months, is this likely to be a factor?

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Hi Anon,

Thank you for sharing you question with the EmpowHER community!

There are a couple of things that can trigger/cause nipple pain.  Things like potentially hormonal imbalance, friction, pregnancy, allergies, skin conditions or it could be a symptom of your menstrual cycle. 

Is the pain in both or just one?

Here some addition resources that can help you determine your next steps:

Why do my nipples hurt?

How to Alleviate Breast Pain

I hope this helps.

Be well,


March 19, 2015 - 3:59pm
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Anonymous (reply to S. Gillette-Palmer)

Thanks for the reply, Gillette. It's mostly just the right one, but occasionally both. You think it might be hormone-related even if I've recently had a period?


March 20, 2015 - 5:20am
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