Do Women Really Need Bras?

Do women really need to wear bra? Recent study suggests that wearing bra is not a necessity.

According to results of a study published by French researchers, bras provide no medical, physiological and anatomical benefits to women. It may actually cause breast sagging.

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“Medically, physiologically, anatomically, the breast does not benefit from being deprived of gravity,” Jean-Denis Rouillon, a sports medicine specialist from Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Besancon.

Professor Jean-Denis Rouillon and his team conducted a 15-year study on how bras affect body over time. They gathered more than 300 volunteers between ages of 18 to 35 and divided them into two groups—first group will wear bra and the other will not. Researchers then measured their breasts and recorded any changes throughout the study period. Overall, they found that women who did not wear bras had firmer breasts. Their nipples also rose by 77 millimeters, as measured by their distance from their shoulder tips.

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Breast has a bunch of connective tissue structure known as Cooper’s ligaments which is responsible of suspending the breast to the chest wall. Researchers believed that constant wearing of bra can speed the breaking down of these ligaments which will later cause breast sagging.

So should we start throwing our bras?

Since the study doesn’t cover the entire breast sizes Rouillon says that it is not recommended to take off your bras based on the study samples. There are also conflicting studies as to whether bras make breast comfortable especially during strenuous activity.

A review of studies done by Dr Joanna Scurr, from Protsmouth University, suggests that different sizes of breast require different types of bra. In her paper she says that compression bras are better at reducing discomfort in smaller breast, while encapsulation bras work better for bigger breast.

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