How to Tape your Nipples (and What Kind of Tape to Use)

Whether you are running a marathon, or simply heading out for the night, it can be a very sensible idea to tape up your nipples.

Some tapes are not ideal for this sensitive area of the body.

Let’s talk about which kinds of tape you can use, and the best way to tape them up.

How to tape your nipples for running

Why should you tape your nipples when running?

If you have ever experienced the pain of a chafed and bleeding nipple after a run you will not want to go through that again.


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By taping up your nipples, before that marathon or big race, you can save yourself a lot of pain.

If you have not experienced this pain then you are very lucky. Chafed nipples hurt like hell.

There is even a name for it – it’s called joggers nipple.

Best kinds of tape to use

For runners we recommend you use Transpore medical tape. By simply placing a small piece of tape over each nipple the chaffing problem is solved.

It won’t hurt too much when you pull it off either.

There are a few reasons that duct tape is not a good idea for this task. You can read more about that here.

Some of the more stickier tapes can really hurt your skin when you pull them off, and the nipple area particularly is very sensitive.

How to treat chafed nipples

If the worst has happened and you forgot to cover up your nipples and are now in pain then you need to put a soothing ointment or cream on them.

Vaseline can work as well, sometimes the stations along your run will have some of this on hand.

Sometimes it is not until after your shower that the pain sinks in. If this happens to you dry the nipples thoroughly before applying an ointment like vasoline or petroleum jelly.

If things don’t improve, or if it is looking bad, make sure you see your doctor or healthcare provider.

Taping up your nipples for a night out

Why should you tape your nipples up when you go out?

It is becoming more and more common for women to go out without wearing a bra. You might plan on taping up your breasts, or simply leaving them as nature intended.

If you intend going bra-less, it is a good idea to either use a nipple cover or pastie.

Best tapes and products to use

Rather than an actual tape product, in this case, there is something better.

Our most popular and recommended nipple covers are:

It is always a good idea to plan ahead. Make sure you have everything you need before your big run or night out.


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