Breasts are often a main subject in mainstream media - sometimes it seems like we see boobs everywhere! But for all that, it’s hard to find good information on breast health. What we do see is a lot of advertising… an average of 16 billion, yes billion, dollars every year are spent on bras. But what do we really know about bras as they relate to our breast health? Let’s debunk some of the classic myths we’ve all heard about bras and their effect on our breasts.
- Myth: Wearing a bra will make your boobs sag.
This myth has a at least strong reasoning behind it. If you wear a bra all the time, then your breast muscles won’t build like they should. When you remove your bra, your breasts will sag. Fortunately, ladies, this isn’t true! Your breasts don’t contain muscle - only fat, ligaments, and skin. There aren’t dedicated boob exercises you can do to make them stronger, therefore, there’s no muscle to lost by wearing a bra. But on the flip side…
- Myth: Sleeping in a bra will keep your boobs perky.
Many women believe that sleeping in their bra will keep their breasts perky, but this just isn’t true. When it comes to your perkiness, really whether or not you wear a bra has no effect on it. Your breasts will naturally sag as you age due to pregnancy, breast feeding, and a little something called gravity. It’s normal!
- Myth: Wearing a bra can cause breast cancer.
While breast cancer is a very real and scary reality for many women, your bra isn’t the culprit. The myth is tied to an old belief that the bra constricted the lymph nodes in your breasts. According to the American Cancer Society, “Internet and e-mail rumors and at least one book have suggested that bras cause breast cancer by obstructing lymph flow. There is no good scientific or clinical basis for this claim, and a 2014 study of more than 1,500 women found no association between wearing a bra and breast cancer risk.”In short, breast cancer is caused by your genes, not your bras.
- Myth: I’m the expert when it comes to finding bras that fit me.
Almost 80% of women wear ill-fitting bras. Eighty percent! Many women wear the same bra size that they thought they were years ago when they got sized that one time in that one store… Well, ladies, let me tell you that things change! And wearing the wrong bra size can lead to skin issues, back pain, and even bad posture.Go to a department store and get sized by someone who knows what they’re talking about. Buy a good quality bra that gives you the support your breasts need. Your whole upper body with thank you, and your silhouette - and self esteem - will gain a much needed lift.
- Myth: All bras are the same.
There are so many different kinds of bras on the market today. The bra section in a store can be intimidating. Many women tend to pick up the $11 clearance bras in the middle racks in WalMart just because it’s easier. But these bras can disappoint when they don’t last or the fit isn’t quite right.
Not all bras are made the same. Cheap bras will give you cheap support. That doesn’t necessarily mean you should go break the bank at Victoria’s Secret just because they’re sexy, mainstream, and expensive. Once you know your size, buy a few different brands and types of bras to see which ones fit you and your lifestyle the best. Determine what kind of straps you like, how much padding you prefer, and what kind of fabric feels the best. If you find a brand that you love, then stick with it! Put effort into your bra shopping and be knowledgeable about fit, fabric, style, and price.
So now you know that bras aren’t harmful to your breasts but a bad bra can be harmful to your upper body. When you’re carrying all that extra weight on your chest, let’s be sure to have proper support. A good fitting bra that you’re comfortable in will make all the difference when it comes to your breast health, upper body health, and your self-image. If you think you might be overdue for a new fit, call Hourglass Lingerie at 443-869-5324 or stop by our store for a consultation.