Why are my nipples numb?
April 8, 2010 12:43 PM Subscribe
Is it normal for nipples to be numb?
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (25 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I'm an early 20s female and my nipples have been numb like this for as long as I can remember. Now that I'm starting sexual activity I realize that it's kinda abnormal for my nipples to not react to stimulation. They get "erect" and they can feel pain and temperature (at least cold, it's harder to test warm) but not so much when someone is licking them or something. I wouldn't even be aware if I wasn't watching. The areola is even more numb. I think I've read somewhere that 50% of women's nipples are numb but I can't find that anywhere anymore. I can't actually find anything about this on google.
I would like for my nipples to react to sexual stimulation but I guess I don't know what I'm missing so whatev. My partner just seems to be having a great time when I stimulate their nipples!
I have not had any surgery or anything like that.
What would be the cause of this? Hormone imbalance? The nipple and areola are far less sensitive than any of my other skin. This doesn't seem quite right. Would this affect breast feeding? Apparently, while trying to research this, I learned that you need feeling in your nipples to breast feed. (I was reading about people who lost sensation due to breast augmentation or whatever).
So, anecdotes are useful and data is more useful. Causes would be useful too and perhaps treatment from there. Thanks!