Sagging breasts can be a bummer, but you figure they can be corrected–or at least hidden–by a good bra, right? Well, we thought so, but it turns out, bras may make sagging breasts sag even more!
A scientist conducted 15 years of research on the effect that wearing a bra has on sagging breasts, and the findings are sort of mortifying. He studied 130 women, all with different sized busts, to come up with his theory that wearing a bra actually can stop breast tissue from growing.
In the study, the women were all told not to wear a bra for various periods of time–some for a few months, others for a few years. During that time, the ladies were regularly measured and questioned about whether they felt discomfort or had back pain–and most of the gals and their girls felt fine without an over-the-shoulder boulder holder.
Some women reported that within the first three months they were a little uncomfortable, and some had slight back aches, but that they went away within that time, and later the girls felt fine–even when they played sports!
The researcher explained, “The decision not to a wear a bra appeals to women in terms of comfort and aesthetics. Contrary to popular belief, the breast does not fall, but tightens and lifts, and the quality of the skin improves.”
Still, you may not want to chuck your Victoria’s Secret garb just yet. First off, genetics play a big role in sagging breasts vs. perky ones, and so does your actual bust size. And other studies have shown that anyone over a B cup probably won’t be too comfortable with all the movement that going braless offers, even just walking down the street can make your boobs jiggle up to 33 percent more than they do when you’re standing still. If you’re busty, that can actually be really uncomfortable. And another doc explained that if your breasts aren’t supported, it can negatively affect your posture and make your shoulders rounded, which leads to backaches later.
Wearing a bra really just comes down to what you’re comfortable with physically (how much you move) and emotionally (you may feel exposed without one, especially when it’s cold). Plus, even if sagging breasts aren’t an issue for you yet, with the right bra, they probably won’t ever be–at least until you take it off.
Would you go braless to prevent sagging breasts? Do you think bras really cause sagging breasts? Do you feel comfortable when you’re not wearing a bra? Tell us in the comments!