Some women like bras and some never wear a bra. Why do women wear a bra?
“Because breasts need to be supported.”
This is largely a myth: “…wearing a bra… has no medical necessity whatsoever”, says Susan M. Love, M.D in her “Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book”. This is similar to the myth that women supposedly need corsets to support their stomach muscles.
Now, large-breasted women may need the support from bras. Jogging and other active sports may be painful even for medium-breasted ladies. This is, however, an individual thing, so do what is comfortable for you.
Don’t wear a bra to bed.
If you need or want to wear a bra, find one that is fitting. Be especially careful about the underwires and side panels, because if the fit is not just right, the underwire can poke into the breast tissue, and the side panels can create extra pressure and tightness. Also, give your breasts “free time”. Take your bra off whenever you can, such as at home. At the very least do not wear it to sleep.
Also, while bras do give breasts support, they do not ultimately prevent your breasts from sagging. Gravity will eventually take its effect. There is actually some evidence that bras can even increase sagging. One possible reason for that is that the breast has ligaments, and since other bodily ligaments can atrophy when not in use, the same might happen to the breast ligaments under the constant artificial support from the bra, resulting in increased sagginess. Another possible reason for bra-wearing increasing sagginess is IF a woman wears an ill-fitting bra, which may force some of the breast tissue to “migrate”, resulting in differently shaped breasts than otherwise.
Why do women wear a bra
“Because I feel immoral or indecent without bras.”
This is actually a strange contrast to the sexual nature of bras. While many women accentuate the sexuality of their breasts with bras, equally many or more feel that bras are sort of a necessary “modest covering” for breasts.
Is morality really dependent upon the type of underwear you wear? Women who feel this way have often been made to believe that their breasts are “dirty” body parts that need “tucked away” from sight; and bras become the means of doing so.
“Because everybody does so or in other words the unspoken rules of society so dictate.”
This is a common reason for wearing bras, and in many situations we women do have to conform to the modern society’s dress code.
“I need to wear a bra for my job since it’s the dress code.”
This might be; however those ladies, who would rather not wear one for whatever reason, still have some options even at workplace:
1. Try a camisole/vest. A good camisole made out of elastic material will give some support to your breasts so they don’t bounce around, and you will probably be surprised how little people notice. Companies that require bras may not have a policy that defines what a bra is. Some cropped camisoles look very much like bras. Some camisoles even have adjustable straps like a bra. Basically, if it looks professional, it should be OK.
2. Try some other alternative for bra, such as bra cups worn inside the clothing.
3. Try changing the company’s policy. I am not guaranteeing this will work; however in some situations it might be a viable option.
“Because I hate the thought of my breasts sagging so much.”
Bras provide support for the breasts and keep breasts from sagging while you wear them. This is often considered to be the “norm” or the dress code for professionals or otherwise. Some of us may also find discomfort in the sweat that collects under sagging breasts.
Also, it is good to realize that bras do not ultimately prevent your breasts from sagging. Gravity will eventually take its effect, sooner or later. Some scientific studies have even shown that wearing a bra causes the breasts to sag more.
“Discomfort from sweat and ‘slapping.”
If you suffer with a sweat rash under the breasts, one idea is to apply a good medicated body powder (not talc) after you have washed every day. One visitor suggested Lanacane as a good one. Then there is also a product called Swoobies that is designed to absorb the moisture (sweat) between the bra and breasts.
“Because I want to give the illusion of a larger breast size.”
This especially happens among teenagers who are very self-conscious if their breasts end up on the smaller end of the scale. Small-breasted and flat-chested women often pad their bras or perhaps use other means to fill up the bra cup, such as silicone breast enhancers.
If the society wouldn’t have such a craze about large breasts being better, these girls and women wouldn’t need to feel so self-conscious about this issue!
“Because they jump up and down while I exercise and do sports.”
Sports bras can be extremely helpful in reducing breast bouncing while running or doing other types of active sports. In fact, the bouncing during jogging, for example, can actually damage the ligaments inside the breasts. Slight movement of breasts is probably just helpful, because movement of breasts aids the lymph flow. You need to judge the situation based on the type of activity.
“Because I am breastfeeding and I need to wear nursing bras.”
Nursing moms (or pregnant women) are indeed told to buy nursing bras and wear them. There is no medical necessity to wear nursing bras either. Of course nursing bras is a handy way to hide the leaking of breast milk, and maybe you want to wear one in order to avoid society’s pressure.
However be careful because wearing a nursing bra may cause breast engorgement or sore breasts. It might be safer just place a towel under you during the night to catch the leakage, and not worry about breast milk spots on your T-shirts at home, where you can easily go bra-free.
Many women wear the wrong bra size without giving it a second thought. After all, if they were measured 10 years ago in a department store, then why worry? But the truth of the matter is that wearing the wrong bra size can lead to many health problems.
WRONG BRA – Shapeless Form
If you wear an ill-fitting bra, you will not have the sleek, elegant look that you want. Instead, your whole form will look shapeless and unattractive. An ill-fitting bra will also draw unnecessary attention to the bust area.
Wrong bra and Women Health
Wrong bra and Women Health
WRONG BRA – Scarred Breasts
Wearing the wrong bra size can cause scarring underneath or on each side of the breasts, which is not immediately noticeable. But over time, a bra that is far too tight will end up creating a scarring effect, where the bra has dug into the flesh.
WRONG BRA – Inadequate Support
Large breasted women often have a battle on their hands to find bras that fit well and provide them with the correct amount of support for their shape. All too often, many large breasted women opt for a smaller size bra, which might look more attractive than a “granny bra”, but a smaller size will actually cause more problems than it solves. A bra that fits properly should not ride up at the back; nor should bra straps dig into the shoulders, leaving behind red marks. An ill-fitting bra will not provide enough coverage for the breasts. If your breasts are spilling out of your bra from all angles, then you are wearing the wrong size bra.
WRONG BRA – inadequate support
WRONG BRA – inadequate support
WRONG BRA – Bad Posture
Women who wear the wrong size bra often have problems maintaining correct posture. This can lead to slouching rather than sitting and standing upright, as well as unexplained back and neck pain.
The best solution to wearing the wrong bra size is to visit a department store and have yourself measured, not once every few years, but every single time that you go shopping for a new bra. The reason for this is that a woman’s bust size will change throughout her life due to hormonal reasons, pregnancy, weight loss and other factors. Wearing the wrong bra size can cause health problems, but allowing yourself to be measured each time you go bra shopping will ensure that you buy the correct bra size. This will eliminate the health problems that can occur while wearing the wrong bra size.
(above information from – http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1378977/canwearingthewrongbrasizedamage.html)
WRONG BRA – Signs of the Wrong Bra Size
Your bra size can vary by manufacturer or bra style and be influenced by gaining or losing as little as five pounds. So what you think of as your bra size and what your bra size actually is are often two different things: it’s estimated about 60% of women consistently wear the wrong bra size.
The key to discovering your exact bra size is knowing your exact measurements and using them as a reference for each and every bra you try on. While your measurements are vital, it’s important to remember that one brand may put you in something slightly bigger or smaller than another brand. So your bra size is a reference, not an absolute.
It’s pretty easy to determine if you’re wearing the right bra size or not. If your bra is terribly uncomfortable, chances are you’re simply in the wrong size. Remember that your exact bra size not only changes from brand to brand, it can also change depending on the style of bra you’re picking. What may look like a large bra size in one style could end up being a medium bra size in another style.
red check mark very small If the only things supporting your bust are your straps, you’re in the wrong band or cup size.
red check mark very small If the straps and/or band dig into your body, you’re wearing the wrong band or cup size.
red check mark very small If the band rides up in back, you’re wearing the wrong band size.
red check mark very small If your bust falls out of the bottom of the bra when you raise your hands, you’re wearing the wrong band size.
red check mark very small If the cups of your bra are so tight that they create a double bubble effect, you’re wearing the wrong cup size.
red check mark very small If the cups are so loose that the fabric is folding, you’re wearing the wrong cup size.
Problems with wearing the WRONG BRA SIZE
Walking around in an ill-fitting bra is damaging to more than just your mood. Wearing the wrong bra size can have an unflattering appearance, ruining your whole look. The wrong bra size can also change your posture. This not only makes you look unattractive, it can lead to serious neck, shoulder or back problems.
(information prepared by Aysha Schurman –
Braless vs. breast cancer? It is estimated that every two minutes someone is diagnosed with breast cancer and every thirteen minutes some dies as a result of breast cancer. It has also been shown that breast cancer tends to be higher in cultures where bras are worn frequently compared to where bras are absent.
In a report titled “Dressed to Kill”, it was discovered that wearing a bra for 12 hours daily increased the risk for breast cancer, cystic breasts, breast pain, breast tenderness and other breast related conditions. Ladies who had bras on for 18-24 hours daily have over a 100% increased incidence of breast cancer compared to those who don’t wear bras at all.
But the facts available are that bras create constant pressure on the breast, which compresses and constricts and hinders the lymphatic movement to the chest area. But if you are a woman who wears a bra and you see red marks and lines after taking your bra off, you are at a greater risk for breast cancer.
You cannot just go braless overnight but if you must wear a bra, try it along the lines below which will most likely reduce the risk associated with the wearing of a bra:
Don’t wear tight bras.
Choose a bra with no underwear.
Used a larger size bra around your menstrual time as increased estrogen causes tissues to retain fluids making the breasts larger and the bra tighter.
Stop the use of deodorants/antiperspirants, if you can. Wash your armpits often with soap and water instead.
Sleep naked or in a stretchy T-shirt.
And most importantly wear bras only when it is completely necessary, this will reduce the number of hours you wear bra a day to the barest minimum.
So, do something for your health and your life.
BRAS vs. BREAST CANCER
A few highlights of the history of research on bras and breast disease:
In the 1930s a paper was published making a connection between corsets and increased breast cancer rates.
1978 An M.D. in California published an article in a medical journal linking bras with elevated breast temperature, and he suggested that this might have a connection with breast cancer. He studied several hundred women in a medical practice and also observed that the heavier the bra material, the hotter the breast, and that bra-free women of all sizes had cooler breasts. (The Lancet, November 4, 1978, P. 1001 Dr. John M. Douglass, Department of Internal Medicine, S. Calif. Permanente Med. Center Los Angeles, California).
1991 Researchers at Harvard University publish a medical journal article on breast cancer risk. As a side issue of their paper, they mention that the women in their study that did not wear bras had a 60% lower rate of breast cancer than the women who wore bras. (Hsieh, C.C. and D. Trichopoulos, D. Eur. J. Cancer 27:131-5, 1991 “Breast size, handedness and breast cancer risk”)
1991 Researchers in Japan published a study on bras and sagging, in which they proved that a bra can actually increase breast sagging, rather than the opposite. This effect was most noticeable in larger breasted women. They compared bras to foot binding in their discussion section. (“Breast Form Changes Resulting From A Certain Brassiere” Journal of Hum. Ergol.(Tokyo) 1990 Jun; 19(1):53-62. Ashizawa K, Sugane A, Gunji T Institute of Human Living Sciences, Otsuma Women’s University, Tokyo, Japan)
1995 Sydney Singer and Soma Grismaijer of the Institute for the Study of Culturogenic Disease published their book, “Dressed to Kill: The Link Between Breast Cancer and Bras,” (Avery Press). Their study included almost 4600 women, half of whom had breast cancer and half of whom did not. They found that the more hours per day that a bra is worn, the higher the rate of breast cancer and that women who do not wear bras have a dramatically reduced rate of breast cancer. Singer and Grismaijer have a website at: http://www.selfstudycenter.org/
1995 through the present. Many women, who had concerns about breast cancer risk and/or breast pain, quit wearing bras and then found that their pain and cysts of fibrocystic breast disease was dramatically decreased or eliminated. Several of these women wrote their own personal case histories, which appear on the web at: http://www.all-natural.com/fibrocys.html
May 1999. A landmark study was published in the prestigious British medical journal, The Lancet. This study showed that pre-menopausal women with fibrocystic breast disease have an almost 6-fold higher risk of future breast cancer. This study firmly refutes the advice of some doctors who have said that fibrocystic carries no increased risk. In all, there are now over 30 published medical and scientific research articles showing a connection between fibrocystic and increased breast cancer risk. (Lancet 1999 May 22;353(9166):1742-5 “Risk of breast cancer in women with palpable breast cysts: a prospective study.” Edinburgh Breast Group. Dixon JM, McDonald C, Elton RA, Miller WR Edinburgh Breast Unit, Western General Hospital, UK.”)
2000. Two British breast surgeons conduct clinical trials at two breast clinics in England and Wales. They study 100 women to see if going bra-free (a more positive term the physicians used for braless) could lessen breast pain. Their study concluded that the majority of pre-menopausal women found decreased pain during a three-month bra-free study period. The women were instructed to not wear a bra for three months and instead to wear a loose and non-restricting camisole if they desired an alternative undergarment. For comparison, they then returned to wearing bras for another three months. For additional study control, another group of women did the reverse and were bra-wearers for three months, then bra-free for three months. A half-hour documentary was filmed in conjunction with the studies and was shown on nationwide television in England in November, 2000 on Channel 4 UK. Several of the women were interviewed and discussed the life-altering improvements in their breast health, such as being able to now pick up their children or hug their spouse without pain. (Simon Cawthorne, M.D. surgeon at Frenchay Hospital, Bristol, England and Prof. Robert Mansel, M.D., Surgery Dept. Head, University of Wales Medical School, Cardif, Wales.) Doctors interviewed in the film commented about how breasts in bras are hotter than bra-free breasts and the possible connection of this breast heating with breast cancer. Prof. Hugh Simpson discussed his published research, which has previously proven that pre-cancerous and cancerous breasts are both hotter than normal breasts. The documentary included video thermography of women with and without bras, proving that bras cause localized heating of breast tissue.
2000. A group of researchers in Japan published their studies showing that wearing a girdle and bra lowers the levels of the hormone melatonin by 60 percent. (Chronobiol Int 2000 Nov;17(6):783-93 “The effects of skin pressure by clothing on circadian rhythms of core temperature and salivary melatonin.” Lee YA, Hyun KJ, Tokura H, Department of Environmental Health, Nara Women’s University, Japan.)
Melatonin is intimately involved with sleep cycles and is used to prevent jet-lag. Numerous published studies have suggested that melatonin has anti-cancer activities, that it is an antioxidant and can prevent DNA damage, and that it is intimately involved in the immune system and can bind directly to T helper cells. Researchers in Spain have published an article outlining the possible use of melatonin in breast cancer prevention and treatment (Histol Histopathol 2000 Apr;15(2):637-47). Recent research (J. Hansen, “Light at Night, Shiftwork, and Breast Cancer Risk” J Natl Cancer Inst 2001; 93: 1513-1515) has shown that nighttime exposure to light is associated with increased rates of breast cancer. This builds upon previous research that showed that light at night suppresses melatonin production.
December 2000. A medical doctor published his findings on shoulder pain treatment in women with large breasts. In this five-year study, it was suggested that patients remove the weight from their shoulders for a period of two weeks, either by going braless or by wearing a strapless bra. Only one woman chose a strapless bra and all the others went braless. Quoting the article, “Long-term outcome was presence or absence of muscle pain and tenderness. Seventy-nine percent of patients decided to remove breast weight from the shoulder permanently because it rendered them symptom free.” (Ryan, EL, Clin J Pain 2000 Dec;16(4):298-303, “Pectoral girdle myalgia in women: a 5-year study in a clinical setting.”)