The Real Reason Some People's Nipples Are So Sensitive

Photo: Sergey Zaykov / Shutterstock
The Real Reason Some People's Nipples Are So Damn Sensitive

The nipplegasm is REAL (but only some people will experience it).

By Andrea Blair Cirignano

If you've ever had your nipples handled in the sack, you probably know whether nip play gets you off or just feels... off.

As it turns out, no set has quite the same sensitivity level.

"There is no such thing as normal nipples,” says Sherry Ross, M.D., an ob-gyn practicing at Providence St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, California.

Whether your nips are receptive to every touch or you've got nips of steel, you’ve probably noticed an increase in sensitivity during PMS or pregnancy (which is super unfair for moms who breastfeed—ouch).

RELATED: What It Means If You Have Big Nipples

These fluctuations in nip feels throughout life are due to changes in levels of estrogen and progesterone, says Ross.

And when it comes to the difference between your pair and any other woman's, a sensitive set could be caused by denser nerves throughout the breast and areola, she says.

And while having touchy nipples might seem highly annoying when it comes to breastfeeding or going braless, they might come in handy in the bedroom.

“Nipples are an erogenous zones with heightened sensitivity, which may cause sexual arousal,” says Ross. “Some women are able to have an orgasm through nipple stimulation alone.”

Touchy nips, FTW!

RELATED: Why Do Some People Have Puffy Nipples? An Investigation

Obviously, not everyone gets aroused through nipple play.

But, hey, it's worth a shot, right?

And while sensitive nipples can be an annoyance (or a serious perk!), either way, they're not usually a health concern unless they hurt or itch, says Ross.

Nipple sensations can turn painful for some women on birth control pills and those who have fibrocystic breasts, a common condition that causes benign lumps to appear in one or both breasts. 

Heavy smoking, caffeine, and a diet high in saturated fat can also lead to nipple pain (weird, right?).

RELATED: 5 Reasons You Might Have Extra-Long Nipples

If you've got itchy tatas, exercise clothing and bathing habits might be to blame.

Sign Up for the YourTango Newsletter

Let's make this a regular thing!

Creams and gentle baths can usually help, she says. Just talk to your healthcare provider if your sensitivity goes off the charts. 

This article was originally published at Women's Health. Reprinted with permission from the author.

Author
Partner