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HAVE YOU STOPPED WEARING A BRA

by wowmagazine

Whether it’s just a weekend thing, or you plan to just not feel encumbered, here’s how going braless affects your breasts.

You are probably in the trenches of social distancing and trying hard to fit into the new normal. And for so many of us this new isolated lifestyle has probably got us into mostly wearing comfy clothes, with wearing a bra becoming an optional thing. But how does going braless for an extended period of time affect your breasts? Is not wearing a bra good for you? Here’s what really happens when you stop wearing a bra.

First, let’s talk about the physical side of things. Here’s a quick anatomy lesson. Breast tissue is anchored to the muscular chest wall via the backside of the breast, and this single area of attachment is the only source of stability which means that the majority of the breast tissue is unsupported and aggressive movements can lead to trauma and pain. In other words, your boobs may even hurt if you go for a run without wearing a bra; ideally, a supportive sports bra in this situation.

So a bra is essential for workouts, but what about when you’re just sitting at home on endless Zoom conference calls and binge-watching on Netflix. Experts are varying opinions, but they do agree that if you don’t wear a bra, your breasts will sag. If there’s a lack of proper, long-term support, breast tissue will stretch and become saggy, regardless of breast size.

However, experts also say that sagging is more likely to occur based on the density of your breasts. If they have more fat than fibrous tissue (i.e. are larger), they’re more likely to sag, and for smaller-breasted women, there’s no structural benefit to wearing a bra.

But do take into consideration that there are multiple factors that play into if and when sagging occurs, bra-wearing aside. The sagging effect and how pronounced it is will depends on many variables such as weight, genetics, pregnancy, and breastfeeding.

Aside from the aesthetics, a lack of proper support (not wearing a bra) can also potentially lead to pain. The most immediate effect of having unsupported breast tissue is sharp or burning pain in the chest area, and/or breast tenderness and tightness. This can be mild or severe, lasting hours, days or months. But, how long would you have to go braless before you felt this kind of pain or started to notice that your breasts are dropping? There is no definite answer to that but the good news is that if you typically wear a bra daily, going for few weeks without the garment, even if 24/7, it will definitely not have a significant effect.

There’s something very empowering about not wearing a bra. For many women, it’s the first thing you take off when you get home after a long day at work.

Aside from sagging, there’s also the issue of back pain. Again, this is more likely to be problematic for those women with bigger boobs (which, generally speaking, count as anything bigger than a C-cup). For large-breasted women, wearing a bra can help with back pain, as well as posture. Large, heavy breasts can put excess strain on the muscles underneath the breasts, which, in turn, can cause chest, back, and shoulder pains. In such cases, wearing a bra can actually help alleviate some of those aches as well as help with posture. The support that a bra provides takes most of the weight of your breasts off your chest, back, and shoulders, significantly minimizing that strain. Here, note that a bra must fits properly.

What about the skin on your breasts? From a skin standpoint, going bra-free can be beneficial, particularly for those dealing with irritation and breakouts. Wearing a bra can lead to a build-up of sweat under and on your breasts, which can lead to an overgrowth of yeast, inflammation, and ultimately even a yeast infection. Signs of yeast and a subsequent infection include redness, itching, and/or an odor under your breasts. However, you won’t develop acne or yeast on your chest overnight—it would take weeks or even months for these issues to arise, and there are other factors that come into play. For example, not showering daily, not wiping sweat off your chest after a workout, and/or leaving a sweaty bra on after a workout or hot day. Still, in both the case of yeast and breakouts, keeping the skin covered with a bra could both trigger and exacerbate the problem. On the flip side, simply ditching your bra isn’t a solution. You’ll likely need topical medications to address both yeast and breakouts, but coupled with going braless, these skin problems should resolve within two to four weeks.

Let’s not forget about the mental health aspect too. There’s something very empowering about not wearing a bra. For many women, it’s the first thing you take off when you get home after a long day at work. That being said, if you’re finding it hard to concentrate and work from home as productively as you do at the office, you may want to consider wearing ‘work clothes,’ a bra included. 

Whether or not you want to wear a bra while you’re homebound—or at all—is ultimately a matter of personal preference and comfort. There are women that choose to not wear a bra because they can’t find a comfortable one or don’t require the support, and then there are some women with large breasts that prefer to wear one even while they sleep. The keyword here is “comfort.” Especially in this unprecedented and bizarre world that’s currently unfolding, it’s more important than ever to do things that make you feel good and comfortable. And if not wearing a bra for a while will do that, then so be it.

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