(WellnessPursuits.com) – Are you often uncomfortable in your bra? You’re not alone. Bras are notoriously uncomfortable. They often poke and squeeze when they should provide comfort and support, which is why most women breathe a sigh of relief when they finally get to extract themselves from the contraption after a long day. And that’s not all! Aside from being tortuously uncomfortable, bras can also be dangerous to your health.
The dangers of wearing a bra generally fall under three categories: sagging, damaged lymph nodes and cancer. Granted, all of these concerns are controversial, with proponents on both sides of the argument. Unfortunately, we’ve found there are studies that suggest there may be some truth behind these worries.
- Sagging Breasts – A French study that took place over the course of 15 years indicated that going without a bra when you’re younger leads to increased collagen and elasticity, which helps make your breasts perkier. Wearing a bra had the opposite effect. Continuous wearing of a bra during development made breasts saggier because it prevented the development of supporting breast tissues, as reported by Business Insider.
- Damaged Lymph Nodes – Wearing a tight bra can impede lymph drainage, trapping it in the breasts. It is believed that the constant pressure of a bra — especially that of an underwire bra — against lymph nodes can damage these structures over time.
- Breast Cancer – This potential risk is highly controversial. While BREASTCANCER.org argues that there is no evidence that supports the theory that tight bras cause breast cancer, there was a study published in the Journal of Oncology Research and Treatment that presented some correlation between wearing a tight bra and the development of breast cancer.
All of these worries have been frequently debated. And you definitely need to note that some of the studies proving dangers had glaring issues. The breast cancer study, for example, did not take the participants’ familial or genetic risk for breast cancer into account.
The Benefits of Bras
Bras may put you at risk of certain health problems, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you should give up wearing them altogether. Not only does an uplifting bra make you feel sexy and confident, wearing one has real benefits.
According to Elle, a bra that fits correctly offers great support. The bra supports the weight of your breasts, which takes pressure off of your neck, shoulders and back. There’s also evidence that wearing a properly fitted bra helps you breathe easier, as you can take deeper breaths if you don’t have the weight of your breasts pushing down on your ribcage.
We also think it’s important to note that most of the dangers associated with wearing a bra are due to improper fitting. When you wear a bra that is too tight, you constrict tissues and lymph flow, and that’s where problems can start to occur. This problem is easily solved by making sure you are properly fitted to wear the right size bra.
Sure, sports bras are more comfortable, but sometimes they can be too supportive. The key, then, is to choose a cupped bra that fits perfectly. There should be no spillage or gaping of the cups, nor should there be any wires laying against your breast tissue. The straps should not dig into your shoulders, and you should feel comfortable wearing and moving in it.
Bras can be dangerous, but that doesn’t mean you have to swear off wearing them forever (unless you want to). There are safer, more comfortable options that will keep the ladies safe and in place. You just have to do a little research to find the right one for you.
~Here’s to Your Healthy Pursuits!
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