It’s no secret that bras are uncomfortable and can be detrimental to your health, so why wear them?
Most women look forward to being able to go home and take off their bra to be free of its grasp, and new research has shown that there really isn’t much of a need for bras. In a study conducted by Syd and Soma Singer in 1991, 4,000 women in 5 major US cities were interviewed. All of the women were of Caucasian descent between 30 and 79 years old.
Nearly all of the women interviewed were unhappy with the shape and size of their breasts and wore their bra just for appearances, and about 50% of the women who wore bras would end up being diagnosed with breast cancer. 75% who wore bras to sleep ended up diagnosed with breast cancer. 1 in 7 women who wore a bra for more than 12 hours a day contracted breast cancer.
The theory, and it is still a theory, but the theory is that bras restrict lymphatic vessels, leading up to a build up that becomes toxic. These toxic fluids would be drained through our lymphatic system if it weren’t for the constriction of the bra. Fewer nutrients and oxygen were delivered to lymphatic cells as well. So it is a possibility that this could be the cause of the correlation between bras and cancer.
Another study performed by French Professor Jean-Denis Roullion used calipers to measure the breasts of 330 women over 15 years and found that bras don’t do most of what they’re advertised to you and did next to nothing to stop breast tissue from sagging.
If your number one task upon getting home is to take that bra off, you might want to consider never putting another one on again.