Women are told that bras are a ‘must,’ but we never really got a decent explanation for that. Our mothers and grandmothers used to tell us it was the right thing to be done, and that’s it. Is there really a difference? Do women really need to wear a bra?
Wearing a bra all the time can do more damage than good.
Professor Jean-Denis Rouilla, of the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Besancon, France, conducted a study to confirm that women don’t need their bras. According to the findings, bras don’t provide any medical or anatomic good to women. Moreover, bras cause saggy breasts and block their growth.
About 330 volunteers aged between 18 and 35 had their breasts measured for 15 years. Women who wore no bra had a 7-millimeter lift in their nipples each year, and had less stretch marks than their friends who wore bra all the time. There was also a difference in the firmness of their bra. Not wearing a bra improves the posture of the body, and the body is forced to develop the muscles underneath the breasts. This prevents sagginess and offers support.
One of the participants in this study said that giving up on her bra helped her breathe better and her body posture had improved significantly. Her back pain was gone, too.
More reasons to ditch your bra
1. Finding the right one is a nightmare
There are so many bras in this world, and not all of them fit you. Finding the right bra takes a lot of time and you become frustrated by the end of the shopping.
2. Bras are pricey
Statista confirms that a quality bra costs between $16 and $30. This may be cheap for you, but keep in mind that this is the average price, plus you will need several pieces. You will also need different types of bra, so you have a problem here.
Even wireless bras make you uncomfortable. Underwires break, and pierce in your skin. Sports bras are too tight, and you feel like you’re trapped inside them.
Your breasts need to breathe.
4. You don’t need them all the time
You may find it hard to accept this, but you don’t need to wear a bra all the time. Women are usually expected to wear a bra everywhere, including the gym, school, work, and social events.
Women who decide to ditch their bra are oftentimes criticized, but it’s time to take things in our hands.
Preteens should never ever wear bras
Preteen women don’t need a bra at all. Wearing a bra affects the growth of their breasts, as reported by this study. Training bras are often sold to girls aged 8-12, but they don’t need these at all.
Limitations of the study
Let’s not forget that the participants in this study were really young. They had been wearing bras for a few decades, and women had them on for longer. If older women decide to take off their bras, they may not get the same results as young women.
Every individual has to decide what’s best for them.
How to go braless?
If you decide to get rid of your bra, you have to be aware of the fact that you will feel super strange at first. Here are a few tips to keep you going:
1. Take small steps
Go at a slow pace. First, go braless when you walk your dog or go for coffee, and then do the same at your office. Make one step at a time.
2. Improve your posture
Keep your head, shoulders and back straight to prevent any damage or pain. Your body needs time to get used to the changes.
3. Get yourself a bralette
It’s much more comfortable than bras. May this be your first step towards going braless.
It’s up to you do decide whether you need that bra or not. This study is here to remind you that sometimes the opposite of your routine works much better for your body. Give your body the freedom it deserves, and say ‘no’ to bras. Young women should definitely stay away from these. Do a research on your own, and make the right decision.