For most women, there is no better feeling at the end of a long day than returning home and taking off their bras. But most women are still wearing them, because we think that it can keep breasts young and healthy. However, scientists have recently proved that there’s no solid reason to do so.
A study conducted by Professor Jean-Denis Rouillan, of the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Besancon in France, found that bras don’t have any medical or anatomic benefits for women, but they have an opposite effect and lead to sagging and prevent them from growing.
During the 15-year study, 330 volunteers between the ages of 18 and 35 had their breasts measured, and women who went braless had a 7-millimeter lift in their nipples annually, had fewer stretch marks, and their breasts were firmer.
Additionally, the study showed that not wearing a bra improves body posture, and forces the body to develop the muscles underneath the breasts, which prevents sagging.
Rouillan explained that from a medical, physiological, and anatomical point of view, breasts gain no benefit from being denied gravity. On the contrary, he claims that they get saggier with a bra.
Researchers emphasize that they aren’t telling women to stop wearing bras altogether since it is a personal choice.
Yet, there are more reasons to ditch a bra:
- Bras often cause discomfort, as the underwires are uncomfortable, and can pierce into the skin, while sports bras are often so tight and cause a feeling of being trapped;
- They aren’t necessary for every activity throughout the day, and most women take them out only when going to sleep. Yet, you need to give your breasts some time to “air out”, despite the social norm that dictates you to wear it everywhere, at any time;
- Ditching your bra will prevent dirt and oil from being trapped on the skin, and this will lower the risk of rashes, breakouts, and infections due to clothing that traps sweat against the body;
- Going without a bra can be of great benefit for the blood circulation since too tight elastic bands and straps can slow down circulation to the arms and torso. By going braless, you will stop compressing the major blood vessels;
- It takes much time to find a suitable bra, and sizes are not universal;
- Bras can be expensive, and have a relatively short shelf life, of only about six to eight months. Also, most women usually buy more than one, work bras, sports bras, leisure bras, etc.
In the end it’s up to you whether you will choose to wear a bra or get rid of it for these reasons. You can try going braless for a few weeks and see if you like the difference, and decide if you would like to make it permanent or not. At least try and participate on October 13th,The National No Bra Day, invented to promote breast cancer awareness.