7:27 pm - 05/08/2006

Bra Nipple Stains?

Hello gals,
I did not find this in the archives, so:
For the past couple of years, I have noticed that on the inside of my bra cups where the nipple meets the fabric, there is a darker stain (kind of like an oil stain). There's never been wetness or discharge (that I know of) associated with this for me, but I'm wondering what the stain is about. Is it sweat? I don't notice any sweatiness on my breasts, so this seems unlikely for some reason. (unless nipples are just sweaty in general) I just bought new bras, and after a few wears, the stains are appearing again. I wear slightly padded bras made out of nylon, polyurethane, polyester and spandex.

aechei 8th-May-2006 11:41 pm (UTC)
a small amount of clear or light colored discharge from nipples is normal, or it could simply be the difference in oils in the area. it is probably nothing to worry about.
kerrypie 8th-May-2006 11:43 pm (UTC)
really? never knew! Thank you. What is the discharge from your nipples? Why do they do that?
aechei 9th-May-2006 12:08 am (UTC)
dead cells from inside the ducts, skin oils, possibly even a little milk, depending on your hormonal makeup and medications you are on. they just need to clean themselves out, just like every other orifice/gland/whatever in your body. some people don't notice it, others do. i get a little waxyness on the tips of mine. i just pick it off.
kerrypie 9th-May-2006 12:21 am (UTC)
thanks for all of your information :)
robynchick 8th-May-2006 11:42 pm (UTC)
I get that too. There is a natural discharge from the nipple (I forget the name anyone remember?)
It does tend to stain a little.
kerrypie 8th-May-2006 11:43 pm (UTC)
thank you! glad I'm not the only one :)
imredjack 9th-May-2006 03:08 am (UTC)
You do have glands on your nipples that produce a substance meant to lubricate the nipple. They are called Montgomery's glands. They would be the small white *bumps* that are noticeable on many women's nipples. Perhaps it is some of this oily substance you are seeing.
brigittefires 9th-May-2006 07:18 am (UTC)
As posted above, it's prolly not something to worry about.

I get this more when I hang out with pregnant women, but it's also a good sign to me when I get pregnant. Imagine my stress levels when my roommate was pregnant for months and I didn't know it and suddenly MY breasts are growing and discharging!! Oi I spent so much money on pregnancy tests. Shoulda given her one. Blah.
acheaney answer to bra stains (hopefully) 19th-Oct-2012 05:43 pm (UTC)
OK- chromhidrosis.

I'll tell you my story.

1. noticed gray foggy stains on bras (both nipples) by areolas.
2. Docs had no clue (many gynos, mayo clinic docs, etc... ) I was also seeing them for neurological symptoms.
3. researching Jesus' sweating blood (hemohidrosis) found, chromhidrosis by accident (or design?)
4. chromhidrosis is a colored (usually gray/yellow) sweat secreted by glands in the areola, and some are in the face. (didn't notice face color) usually present when the body has a fungus, bacteria, or chemical it is releasing.
5. Note: Mine began when I started work as a painter in a warehouse, even though I used a very very good mask to spray paint with. (usually used latex) When I quit the job, a couple months later, the gray stains that I had for 2 years, went away! Now, only a very light foggy yellow happens when I work out hard! :) Thank God for glands that get rid of the bad stuff.
6. Side note: My neurological symptoms I have been seeing docs for are still unanswered. Mayo clinic's last word was possible small fiber neuropathy since my sweat glands weren't producing enough in the autonomic nerve testing. (probably unrelated)
puppyseal grey spots in bra4th-Oct-2014 04:50 pm (UTC)
I do not know your age but my experience with this only started at menopause. It was really funny the first time I noticed it after I came home from my daughter's wedding 4 years ago. The spots were so perfectly round about the size of a half dollar. I mentioned it to my gynecologist and she said she never heard of it but it was possibly due to normal gland secretions. I really didn't find that answer satisfactory. I do wear slightly padded bras. And I wash them every 2 or 3 days. The staining is some days off and some days on. So it might be related to what I eat or perhaps monthly hormonal activity. I am in my mid 50s. In all years that my Mom was alive and we had discussions of weird female bodily activity, she never mentioned this. And that is what worries me since if it is normal women would have been talking about this over the centuries. However there are only recent posts from many women asking about this so it puzzles me why no one is really certain why this occurs.
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