Ever since puberty girls are told they should wear a bra, so most women wear it without even thinking about it and its effects. Bras have been marketed as piece of clothing designed to provide extra support, lift up the breasts, and reduce back pain. However, recent studies suggest that wearing one does more harm than good. This article focuses on the reasons why going braless could be beneficial for your health.
Here’s why women should stop wearing bras:
Professor Jean-Denis Rouillan, of the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Besancon in France, did a study about why women don’t really need bras. According to his study, bras don’t serve any medical or anatomic purpose whatsoever. He found that bras do the opposite of what they are marketed to do – they cause breasts to sag.
In the study 330 volunteers between the ages of 18 and 35 had their breasts measured over the course of 15 years. The women who didn’t wear a bra had a 7-millimeter lift in their nipples annually, which proves the notion that breast sag without a bra wrong. In addition, those who went braless had fewer stretch marks compared to those who did wear one.
The study contradicts the advice women have been told all along. It shows that not wearing a bra allows for a better posture as bra is not providing all the support. Also, it forces the body to develop muscles under the breasts, which provides support and prevents sagging.
Other Reasons Not to Wear Bras
- It takes the long time to find the right one
The process of finding the right bra can be quite excruciating. Bra sizes are not universal, so you have to try plenty of different sizes. In other words, you might try on countless bras and never find the right one, which leaves you empty-handed and frustrated.
- Bras are expensive
Bras don’t come cheap! According to Statista, most women spent between $16 and $30 on a bra in 2017. If you go to stores like Victoria Secret or you look for sports bras, leisure bras, or work bras, the cost can add up.
- They are uncomfortable
Bras don’t offer much comfort, and every woman will admit it. The most uncomfortable thing regarding bras is that they underwires often break, causing it to pierce in the skin. Besides the underwire bras, sports bras can be also inconvenient, making you feel trapped and suffocated.
- They aren’t necessary for every activity
Wearing a bra all the time gives the breasts no chance to air out. In modern society, women are expected to always wear a bra, aside from sleeping. But remember, because it is a social norm doesn’t mean that you have to do it.
Limitations of the Study
Although the study found benefits for those who choose to go braless, note that the women in the study were young and have only been wearing bras for a couple of decades. If older women choose not to wear bras, the same results as in the younger women might not be seen.
Tips on Going Braless
If you decide not to wear a bra, it might feel a little strange. Here are a few tips to help you out:
- Start out small
If you have been wearing bras all the time, you cannot show up at school or work without one. This means that you should go slowly. Practice going without a bra when you drink your morning coffee or walk your dog.
- Work on your posture
As your bra has been doing all the work for you, you need to start working on your posture. Keep the shoulders, back, and head up and practice standing and sitting properly.
- Wear a bralette
Bralette is actually a bra, without the wires and padding. If you are not ready for disposing of your bras totally yet, switch to a bralette first.