Tender Nipples

Are tender nipples common to the menopausal process?

 

Cheers,

Carol

 

Answer:

 

Breast pain is one of the most common symptoms women experience – both before their regular menses, during perimenopause, in actual menopause and sometimes even post-menopause. If your periods have slowed or stopped entirely this indicates that you're probably approaching menopause. The medical name for this type of breast pain is "mastalgia." It's very common for menopausal women to experience breast pain before they would normally have their periods. For most women the symptoms include tenderness around the breasts and nipples and swelling of the breasts. The sensation is very similar to the pain women experience a few days before their period starts.

 

Breast pain is commonly related to hormonal changes during menopause. The exact cause of breast soreness in menopausal women varies from individual to individual. For some women sore breasts and nipples are related to their estrogen or progesterone hormone therapies; whereas for other women sore breasts are simply your body's reaction to the changes in your hormone levels. There has been much talk about whether sore breasts are a result of too much estrogen or too much progesterone; however no studies have given us an absolute answer.

 

I am not a doctor and can't medically evaluate readers, but if you're experiencing severe pain that goes on longer than just a couple of days and affects your daily routine, please make an appointment with your doctor immediately. Additionally, even if the breast pain you're experiencing is normal, I still recommend that you make an appointment with your gynecologist if the pain doesn't subside.
13 comments
Posted by monabella on July 19,2007 at 11:47 PM

I am so glad to see I am not the only one with erect sore nipples.  Mine just started growing about two weeks ago when my period was due but to date I have no period.  I am 53 years old and have slowly felt changes in my body for the last 10 years but have always had a period.  Missed one last year and one came late; now I believe I am on the fast road to menopause.  My breasts have been huge for over two weeks now - sore, erect, dry with a wrinkled aeriola (sp?).  I can watch them pop up.  I have constant rapid heartbeat, dizziness, sore joints, flushed chest and a red nose!  The worst part, though is the breast pain. I have all the pre-menstrual systems: back ache, headache and cravings for sweets..help! I can't get the relief that usually comes with the onset of my period - what can I do to get relief???

Posted by libha on June 4,2007 at 2:43 PM

I am 50 - have a really tender right nipple at the moment - no weeping nothing else. It is just as if it has constantly been rubbed against something.  I had hot flushes up until Christmas now that has stopped! I had a period in April after 6  months - now they have stopped again.  Could I be at the beginning of the menopause?  Is the sore nipple a sign do you think?

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Posted by GINA on February 16,2007 at 5:50 PM
I WILL BE 40 IN AUGUST 2007, I HAVE BEEN MARRIED FOR THE SECOND TIME OF 10 YEARS. I HAVE NEVER HAD ANY CHILDREN, NEVER TAKEN ANY BIRTH CONTROL, ALWAYS USED PROTECTION. I HAVE BEEN TOLD THAT NOT HAVING ANY CHILDREN THAT I WOULD GO THROUGH MENOPAUSE AT AN EARLIER AGE. IS THIS TRUE? I'M NOT SURE IF I AM HAVE ANY SYMPTONS; I HAVE ALWAYS HAD SORE BREAST A WEEK PRIOR TO MY CYCLE. BUT IN THE LAST TWO MONTHS AFTER MY CYCLE THEY ARE STAYING SORE FOR A COUPLE OF WEEKS. IS THIS THE START OF IT?
ALSO, I HAVE NOTICED THAT MY EATING HABBITS HAVE CHANGED. I HAVE ALWAYS MAINTAINED MY WEIGHT AND I'M AFFRAID OF GAINING WEIGHT DURING THIS TIME IN MY LIFE. I AM NOT LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS CHANGE!!! I AM AFRAID, CAN ANYONE EASE MY MIND?
Posted by barbara on February 2,2007 at 4:19 AM
I am 50 and  think i may be perimenopausal, have missed 1 period nov, but have had 2 periods since, have large fibroid, mood swings depression, a few hot nights, foggy brain and forgetful, since yesterday my breasts seem slightly enlarged and tender, period not due for 10 days and dont normally suffer from breast tenderness, seems impossible to know whether this is the menopause or not. Any suggestions
Posted by Alison Carmichael on January 30,2007 at 3:31 AM
I am 50 yo and so far have no obvious menopausal symptons. Recently I started to get REALLY SORE NIPPLES. Not sore breasts like with pregnancy or when premenstural, just the nipples themselves. They are clean and dry and often erect and always sore. I am tyring to work out whether this is my first menopausal sign or casused by something I need to check out such as thrush, to which I am not prone.
Any search of the internet for sore nipples keeps giving me breastfeeding websites. Been there, done that.
Alison
Posted by Laura Perez on January 5,2007 at 10:27 PM
I am 22 yrs old and I have been experiencing tender nipples and soreness. I am concerned as to what can be causing this.  It has been on going for two weeks now and feels to be getting worse. I have taken a pregnancy test and am not pregenant.   If you can please give me any advice as to what i can do to stop this it would be greatly appreciated.
Posted by Sheila on November 1,2006 at 1:12 PM
I'm 50 yeas old experiencing breast & nipple pain. So far, it's been almost two days.
occassionally I get warm, so far the flashes not so bad. However I 've been very fatigue, indecisive, depressed for no reason and my sexual desire has stopped. I'm sexy but not sexual. The breast is not red or swollen yet. One breast is larger than the other and has been for many years. Is there anything natural that I can do to relieve the pain?
Posted by Editor on October 31,2006 at 1:23 PM
Hi Camille. Thanks for your question.

Breast pain and nipple sensitivity are symptoms associated with menopause and perimenopause, so it is possible that you're entering perimenopause, particulary if you're experiencing some of the other common symptoms: irregular menstruation, sleep trouble (insomnia, night sweats), mood changes (like depression, irritability, anxiety), vaginal dryness, urinary changes or infections and changes in your sexual function (like pain during sex, or lower sex drive).

However, many women experience sore or tender breasts and nipple sensitivity before or during their periods, so the fact that you are due for your period might be the explanation. If it is related to your menstrual cycle, the sensation should go away once you're several days into your period. A pain/sensitivity journal can help you determine if your symptoms are cyclical, but the best way to find out what's causing your nipple sensitivity is to consult with your doctor, especially if the pain and sensitivity persists for more than a few days.
Posted by Camille on October 12,2006 at 9:12 PM
Hello,
for the past several days my nipples get hard out of the blue numerous times of the day. they are very sensitive kinda sore. kind of like when i nurse a baby (many years ago) they just grow spontaniously. could this be the start of perimenopause? i am 41 years old. I am due for my period in 2 days. thanks for any input.
Posted by Editor on September 14,2006 at 9:35 AM

Thanks for your question Donna.

An article featured on CNN.com, discusses the various treatments that doctors will sometimes choose to relieve the symptoms associated with menopause, as well as to treat other chronic conditions that can naturally occur with age. Zoloft, Prozac and Paxil are among them.

The article states that doctors will oftentimes prescribe low dose antidepressant medication - including Venlafaxine, Prozac, Paxil, Celexa, and Zoloft - to relieve hot flashes, and that many of the above named medications have shown 60% effectiveness in easing menopausal-related hot flashes, and other symptoms.

However, please discuss these options with your doctor thoroughly, as they may conflict with other medications you might be currently taking. The article says that even though low dose antidepressants have been shown to help hot flashes and other menopause-related side affects, they've also been shown to cause nausea, dizziness, fatigue, sexual dysfunction, and other negative side affects.

Thanks again, and please check back with us after you've visited your doctor.

Posted by Donna on September 11,2006 at 8:40 PM
Is it common for women going through memopause to go on Zoloft, Paxil or Prozac for the mood swings from memopause?
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