If you, like me, are a person who, on occasion, has chosen to wear or has been told to wear a bra, you will know that the occasion is nothing to celebrate. Well, it’s nothing to celebrate, that is, unless you happen to love complaining. Then, bras give you a lot of good material. Bras pinch. They’re expensive. It’s hard to find one that fits the right way. In fact, you might be tempted to say that bras are so horrible that they are actually ruining your life.
Sound like you? If so, I’ve got some good (well, technically bad) news for you–there is some actual scientific proof that bras really are ruining your life. I mean, not enough to burn all of them, or stop wearing them altogether if they make you feel more comfortable, but enough to give you ample things to complaing about for a good amount of time. Check out these weird ways that your bra is actually ruining your life right here:
Cut Off Your CirculationDo you wear bras with underwire? If so, this could be compressing your veins and arteries around your chest and cutting off your circulation. Besides just being uncomfortable, this can lead to your boobs sagging prematurely and nerves tingling uncomfortably in your arms. Don't freak out if you wear an underwire bra (most people do), but try to give yourself breaks from wearing it every now and then and try not to sleep in your bra, either. Image source: iStock
HeadachesIf you have big boobs and wear an ill-fitting bra, this causes your back and neck to do more work to try and support them. As a result, this causes tension in the neck, which can lead to headaches. I wouldn't worry about this too much--a bra would have to be really ill-fitting to cause this much damage--but if you've been getting a lot of headaches and aren't quite sure why, it might just be because of your bra. Image source: iStock
Sagging BoobsMost people think that bras are necessary to support boobs and prevent them from sagging. But according to a fifteen-year study done in France a few years ago, the opposite is true--women who didn't wear bras between the ages of eighteen and thirty-five had breasts with more "lift" and less stretch marks than people who did wear bras. Many women who skipped out on bras reported less back pain, better respiration, and better posture. Image source: iStock
Reduced Detox In The BodyIf your bra is too tight, it could be applying an unhealthy amount of pressure on your lymphatic system, which is a a network of tissues and organs that help rid the body of toxins, waste and other unwanted materials. This can lead to increased fluid in the breasts, which can lead to pain, tenderness, and tissue degradation (AKA sagging). Image source: iStock
Respiratory IssuesAccording to research done by the British School of Osteopathy, ill-fitting, tight bras can put unnecessary stress on the ribcage and the muscles around it, which constricts breathing. Obviously, this is more of a fit issue than a general bra problem, but it's a good motivator to make sure that, if you do buy a bra, it's one that fits well. Image source: iStock
Digestive IssuesAbout to put on a push-up bra? Maybe, uh, don't. The British School of Osteopathy also found that the constriction of muscles that bras can indirectly affect the digestive system by causing Irritable Bowel Syndrome. (A condition commonly causes cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea and constipation.) This doesn't mean that you're going to be constipated, like, all the time if you wear a bra, but it should help inspire you to get one that fits. Image source: iStock
Stunted Breast DevelopmentIf you're a teenager, your boobs are almost certainly growing (even if it doesn't feel like they are), and they will be for a while. According to the French study that concluded that women fare better if they don't wear bras, there was a certain emphasis on dependency--that is, bras can negatively affect the tissues in your breasts, which means that the sooner you start wearing one (particularly if it's ill-fitting and tight), the more dependent on bras you'll be. So, while you may feel tempted to wear a training bra all the time if you boobs just started growing, it might be best to hold off for a while. Image source: iStock
Are you surprised by any of these? Are you going to throw away your bra now? Let us know in the comments!