What Hormone Is Responsible For Breast Tenderness And Nipple Sensitivity?


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James Milford Profile
James Milford answered
Medical research has found that estrogen is the hormone responsible for breast tenderness and nipple sensitivity in the vast majority of cases. As the tissues found within the breasts experience slight changes during the menstrual cycle, they can become overly sensitive and this results in the extreme discomfort that many women experience on all too-frequent basis. However, breast tenderness and nipple sensitivity isn’t just confined to cyclical motions that evolve around puberty, the menopause and normal menstruation, as there are other factors which could be to blame.

Have you ever had a breast reduction or a breast enlargement? Indeed, have you ever had to have any other invasive procedures in this region, potentially to do a cyst or a cancerous tumour? If the answer is ‘yes’ in either of these cases, the trauma which would have been caused by the surgery could pinpoint the non-cyclical tenderness and sensitivity of your breasts and nipples respectively. In some cases, this restricts the chances of a hormonal imbalance being responsible for this discomfort.

There are countless causes of this problem in women, so don’t be concerned and just ask your gynaecologist if you have any questions. Women who are reading this and who are pregnant, receiving hormonal supplements, have a breast-related disease or who are even taking standard prescribed medications could be groups who are at risk of this medical complaint. According to recent scientific findings, even Prozac can be directly linked to overactive oestrogen production, tender breasts and sensitive nipples, so make sure you read the label.
Yooti Bhansali Profile
Yooti Bhansali answered
The two main hormones which are responsible for the tenderness of the breasts and the sensitivity of the nipples during pregnancy are progesterone and oestrogen.

Progesterone aids the relaxation process of smooth muscles in the womb facilitate the healthy growth and development of the foetus. It also fuels the generation of breast tissue.

The side effects of progesterone are, as mentioned above, breast tenderness as well as weariness, bloating, bone pain in the hip and pubic area.

Oestrogen works side by side with oestrogen. The main function of this hormone is to aid the development of the foetus, mainly with the development of its organs as well as its sexual features. It also makes the body ready for breastfeeding by helping milk glands to develop and expanding the nipples. The side effects are as mentioned, breast and nipple sensitivity, mood swings, skin patches etc.

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