Bra Guide

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Is wearing a bra harmful?

There is no scientific evidence that wearing a bra is harmful to your health. This also does not lead to breast cancer. A 2014 study of 1,500 postmenopausal women found no link between wearing a bra and the risk of breast cancer.

You can wear models with or without underwires. The main thing is that the bra is chosen correctly. Otherwise, it may cause discomfort, as well as back and neck pain. A poorly fitting bra can even lead to breast reduction surgery. One study found that hundreds of women who had the procedure were wearing the wrong bra size.

Is even push-up safe? And silicone?

Push-up is safe if it is the right size. A smaller push-up bra may seem to lift your breasts more effectively. But in fact, it only compresses the chest and causes pain and discomfort. There is no need to endure for the sake of beauty. A push-up bra of the right size should fit comfortably and at the same time “look beautiful.” You can wear it every day without harm to your health.

Silicone bras are usually worn under a dress with an open back or shoulders. They can cause skin irritation when worn for long periods of time because the skin does not breathe in them. Therefore, it is better not to wear such models for more than six to eight hours.

Is it possible to sleep in a bra?

You can if it’s convenient for you. For sleep, it is better to choose a bra without wires, so that there is no pressure anywhere. Sleeping in a bra does not prevent breast sagging, but it also does not lead to breast cancer or stunted breast growth.

I feel uncomfortable walking around in a bra. Is it possible without it?

Yes, you can. It doesn’t matter to your health whether you wear a bra or not. There are no benefits to wearing a bra either: it does not prevent back pain or improve posture. So it’s more a matter of taste.

And if you don’t wear it, won’t your breasts sag?

Science does not confirm that breasts sag without a bra. One French study of three hundred women aged 18 to 35 even shows the opposite: breast shape does not change for the better in those who wear bras. Others develop more muscle tissue to provide natural support. However, the researchers emphasized that the results are preliminary and more participants are needed to confirm or refute the results.

The following can lead to sagging breasts:

● genetics;

● excess weight, large breasts or sudden weight loss;

● smoking;

● pregnancy (but not breastfeeding);

● natural aging process.

When does it make sense to wear a bra?

Wearing a bra makes sense in the following cases.

When playing sports. It’s not just busty women who need breast support during exercise. Repetitive, intense activities such as running and jumping cause the breasts to bounce, stretching the skin and ligaments. Not wearing a bra in this case can cause back and shoulder pain, posture problems and premature sagging of the breasts due to loss of elasticity. For sports, you need special sports bras: compression bras for women with small and medium breasts and capsule bras for women with large breasts.

If you have large breasts. There is no official definition of furry breasts, but it is considered to be a D cup and anything larger than that. Large breasts can sag more, and supporting them will slow down this process. The bra will also make it easier to play sports.

During lactation. Firstly, your breasts will increase in size and you will likely be more comfortable wearing a support. Secondly, nursing bras are designed in such a way that they do not need to be removed every time the baby latches on: you just need to unfasten the clasp on the cup. Thirdly, wearing a bra makes sense if your milk is leaking – you can insert breast pads into it. It is better to choose bras without an underwire – simply because it is more comfortable, but you can also wear an underwire bra during lactation. It is safe and does not cause milk stagnation.

After surgery to remove the breast or part thereof. In this case, special requirements are placed on bras: they must be wire-free, with soft seams, a wide band under the cups and a separation between the cups.

How to choose the right bra?

To correctly determine your bra size, take a soft tape measure and take two measurements:

1. Measure the girth directly under the bust;

2. Measure your chest around the fullest part. The difference between these values ​​is the cup size. For example, the circumference under the chest is 72 cm, and the chest is 85 cm. Cup size is 13 cm, or B.

To determine your bra cup size, subtract the circumference under your bust from your bust circumference.

To determine your size, check the table. The dimensions look like this: 70A, 75B, 80C. The number means the circumference under the bust, the letter means the cup size.

Bra size chart

When trying on a bra, stay in it for about five minutes to evaluate the comfort and fit. Raise your arms up, bend over and jump to see if your bra and breasts stay in place.

● The belt should sit in place, snugly around the chest, but not cut into the body.

● The breasts should not fall out of the cups or be tightly pinched.

● The back of the belt should be parallel to the floor and not ride up. If it rides up, the bodice is too big, you need another one.

● The underwires should be positioned strictly around the chest and not overlap it.

● The straps should not fall off or dig into the skin.

● There should be no folds on the cups; if there are any, it means the bra is too big.

How often should bras be washed and changed?

The bra absorbs sweat. How often you wash it depends on how much you sweat, how long you wear the bra, and how clean you are. It is better to wash underwear that is in direct contact with the skin at least after three wears. But you can at least every day.

The lifespan of a bra depends on how often you wear it. If you have a pair of favorite bras that you wear every day, it’s worth changing them every six months. If you wear underwear only on special occasions, it will last you a long time. As soon as you notice that the belt has stretched, the straps have begun to fall off the shoulders, and the bones have come out, then it’s time to get some new clothes.