According to the survey, over 90% of North American women wear a bra, many without ever asking why. While some believe they do it for their breasts’ sake, other do it simply because of cultural reasons as going braless (or bra free) is often considered inappropriate or kind of breaking the social rules of dress code.
However, while wearing a bra comes as naturally as wearing outerwear in cold weather, women’s breasts are not really made for bras, scientists say (http://www.007b.com/why_wear_bras.php). And they have some evidence to prove there are actually some health reasons for not wearing bras.
Constant wearing of an ill-fitting bra can cause something more than just discomfort and back and shoulder pains. If you always feel some discomfort and tightness from your bra, or notice little red marks on your skin after taking a braoff, there’s a certain problem and the least you can do to make things right is to buy a well-fitting bra and try to wear a bra as less as possible, especially do not wear a bra to bed.
A study conducted by Sidney Ross Singer and Soma Grismaijer has proved that constant bra wearing leads to breast cancer. According to the scientists, women who wore a bra 24 hours a day had a 113-fold increase in breast cancer incidence compared to women who wore bra less than 12 hours daily. They suggest that bras exert enough pressure to the breast and surrounding areas to inhibit the flow of lymph, which then causes toxins and other waste material to remain in the breasts instead of being flushed out.
Besides, going bra free is not as dangerous as many women think. Some ladies, especially fuller-chested ones, believe that wearing a bra keeps their breasts from sagging. Unfortunately, there’s nothing we can do about gravity.
Furthermore, there is some evidence that bras can even increase sagging. One possible reason for that is that the breast has ligaments, and since other bodily ligaments can atrophy when not in use, the same might happen to the breast ligaments under the constant artificial support from the bra, resulting in increased sagginess.
The same can be said about back and shoulder pains and tightness. It’s the brato blame (ill-fitting bra, to be exact).
A study asked larger-busted women to wear strapless bras or no bras at all for two weeks to remove the weight of breasts from their shoulders. When the experiment was over, seventy-nine percent of patients decided to remove breast weight from the shoulder permanently as that’s how they could avoid the pain.
In other worlds, women have an alternative to wearing bras – we can go bra-free or choose other ways to support/hide breasts – by wearing camisoles, light sports and demi bras, silicon adhesive cups, etc.
However, if you wear a bra just to make your breasts look larger, then seems like there’s no possible surgery-free alternative available yet.
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