HOW ARE BRAS GOOD FOR BREASTS?
This post started as a silly thought running around Lynne’s head. Why do I worry about wearing a bra or not? To answer the question how are bras good for breasts? – I started as I often do, with a Google search.
I asked Google “why wear a bra?” Google answered me … The right bra actually prevents certain physical symptoms as it supports your breasts and shoulders. Especially when you have bigger breasts wearing a bra can prevent neck-and back problems. … A bra also influences the fit and look of the shirt you are wearing so it actually determines your look as well. Comfort.”
HMMM, the answer was about pain (important) and the way a bra can influence how an OUTFIT LOOKS! This is absolutely important to many, but not so to me.
Next, I asked the title question of Google. How are bras good for breasts? Google answered “A correctly fitting sports bra may help support the breasts and reduce breast pain during physical activity, which may encourage a person to exercise more. Regular exercise can help people maintain a moderate weight, thereby reducing their risk of developing breast cancer.”
Again I said hmmm. Breast support may lead to more exercise and exercise may help maintain moderate weight, which can reduce the risk of breast cancer.
The positive take away from these answers comes down to helping pain in neck and back and perhaps the reduction of breast cancer with exercise. NO WHERE AM I READING that bras are good for breasts!
THE HISTORY OF THE BRA
The History of bras on Wikipedia is really very inclusive and interesting. It seems that bras became entangled with social history and the status of women. Bras are depicted in art as far back as the 14th century. By the 16th century wealthier women were wearing corsets. Undergarments were now linked to a woman’s POSITION in the world. In the 20th century bras were beginning to look like they are now. A timeline of the history of the bra is rather interesting. In 1947 it was a gentleman who started padding bras to make women’s breast look more appealing.
When employed as a medical transcriptionist I worked from home. Now I am on leave and almost always at home. All of us have been home a lot more since the beginning of Covid-19. This pandemic is changing the workplace and many people will not go back to working in an office environment – ever! This is what started me thinking about bras.
DO YOU WEAR YOUR BRA AT HOME?
Nope is my answer to that question! Are you wearing a bra while you are working from home? Again my answer is no. Last question – do you put on a bra before you go out?
In the 1960’s while the feminist movement was raging, the burning of bras became a symbol of women fighting against the oppression. We were the “fairer sex.” The term fairer sex was penned to refer to a woman’s looks in comparison to that of a man.
BRAS AND BREAST HEALTH
I could find absolutely no evidence to support that bras improve BREAST health. There is also no evidence to be found that wearing a properly fitting bra has a negative effect on health either. An ill-fitted bra can enhance pain and bras can be helpful for neck and back pain if one’s breasts are large and influence posture. Rumours that wearing a bra can cause breast cancer are unfounded and were proven incorrect in a study in 2015.
Sleeping with a bra on will not make a woman’s breasts “perkier” or prevent sagging with age and gravity. Sleeping with a bra on also will not stop breasts from growing, which has also been questioned in the past. Some women do find wearing a bra to bed more comfortable.
WHAT ON EARTH IS MY POINT?
As I am putting all of this information together, I find myself asking what on earth am I trying to get to here? I think this is more than a little self-contemplative!!!
As a woman I have had more than one conversation with sisters and friends about bras and good fit. Conversations about getting fitted for a bra and we all know the difference between wearing a bra with a cup or a shelf bra, sports bras and sexy bras. Bras can be fun and beautiful and indeed sexy and there is absolutely every reason to wear a bra if that is how you feel.
I on the other hand have been super excited about not wearing a bra. I have indeed gone days without even putting one on. In the name of complete disclosure, I have started at times going out without one on! This is note-worthy because in the past I have to admit to wondering about the braveness of an aging woman whose breasts were no longer perky, going out without her garment on! OMG! I now see how judgy those thoughts were.
Ultimately, the answer to the question how are bras good for breasts? – is more of a question of personal choice and how the bra affects the well-being of our mind. Like all other things in life, we get to choose. Do I want to wear a bra around the house? No! Do I even get dressed when I am working at home? Again no! Do I put on a bra when I go out? Sometimes! This depends on the state of my mind and perhaps yours, more than it depends on whether or not a bra is going to be healthier for my/your breasts. It is about how confident I am feeling and how is my outfit going to look braless? Am I afraid people will notice? More importantly – DO I CARE?