Many of us will be celebrating National No Bra Day on October 13. 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, often 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, in fact, there is research suggesting that not wearing a bra is better for women.
Supporting breast tissue
Apparently, going without a bra promotes more tone and supports breast tissue. Wearing a bra from a young age does not help support the chest, reduce back pain or prevent breast sagging.
Professor Jean-Denis Rouillan, of the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Besancon in France, revealed that bras are not necessary for women’s breast health. According to his study, a bra is not necessary anatomically, medically, or physiologically. Instead, bras actually prevent breasts from growing or achieving their natural lift.
In the study, 330 volunteers aged 18 to 35 had their breasts measured over 15 years. The results showed that women who did not wear a bra had a 7-millimeter lift in their nipples each year. In addition to this, the breasts of the women who did not wear bras also showed fewer stretch marks. Their breasts were even firmer than those of women who regularly wore bras.
Bras as the ‘social norm’
Bras are usually for aesthetic purposes that serve only cultural norms and local beauty standards. Attitudes towards wearing bras differ among women. For some, they are an essential everyday item whereas, for others, they are nothing but a hassle. Whether a woman loves them or hates them, it can often feel impossible to find the right fit at the right price.
For young women who are only just beginning to wear bras, science says there is no reason to push them. In fact, not wearing a bra is far better for young women because it supports the growth of breast tissue, according to Professor Rouillan’s study. This is in addition to supporting muscle tissue growth in the area.
Bra study limitations
There is no need to cut up your Victoria’s Secret Angels card just yet. Researchers are not using this study to tell women to stop wearing their bras. This is because the sample size involved in the study is not representative of women as a whole. There are also huge gaps in the information about the biometrics of bouncing of women’s breasts during physical activity.
Bras or no bras, there is no better feeling than taking off a bra after a long day of work! On National No Bra Day, research on bras to know exactly where you stand, and also get a check-up on your breasts for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.