Binding Injuries

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Binding Injuries

klyte klyte
Has a FtM transgender you know or yourself suffered binding injuries? I haven't myself, and I consider myself lucky for that. I bind with an ace bandage, but I know with a larger chest it can be so painful and hurting over a period of time. Fractured ribs, bruised ribs, shortness of breath. What are your complications with binding, if you or anyone you know have had any?
12/06/2011
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Chirple Chirple
Please read this.

ACE is totally unsafe and unhealthy.

You can make a much better binder with no sewing skills for the same price that will last longer, be more effective, and not be a health hazard.

Yes, people can and do get hurt from ACE and I have known people that did.

If you bind correctly, there shouldn't be discomfort. I was born with a 32DD chest, and know people who have bound with an H-cup. It's possible to do it and be safe and comfortable. If it's hurting, it's wrong.

Sorry.
12/07/2011
Maxx Maxx
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Originally posted by klyte
Has a FtM transgender you know or yourself suffered binding injuries? I haven't myself, and I consider myself lucky for that. I bind with an ace bandage, but I know with a larger chest it can be so painful and hurting over a period of time. ...
I have a binder but I think it might be too small. I have had different people tell me that its not but when I put it on a get a bad headache and I feel like someone is squeezing me really tight. but I dont let it bother me. I want my chest flat and I dont have the money for surgery so this will have to do.
12/07/2011
eroticmutt eroticmutt
Quote:
Originally posted by klyte
Has a FtM transgender you know or yourself suffered binding injuries? I haven't myself, and I consider myself lucky for that. I bind with an ace bandage, but I know with a larger chest it can be so painful and hurting over a period of time. ...
Goodness, that sounds really bad. I heard people could get hurt using ace bandages, so why not save money for a binder? Especially knowing ribs can be fractured?

There is a company that makes the peecock stp device, and they also sell binders. I have the stp from them and can vouch that they are a legit company, so I would recommend people get a binder rather than ace bandages, as it could save pain and injury in the long run.
12/08/2011
Rhinobaby Rhinobaby
Quote:
Originally posted by klyte
Has a FtM transgender you know or yourself suffered binding injuries? I haven't myself, and I consider myself lucky for that. I bind with an ace bandage, but I know with a larger chest it can be so painful and hurting over a period of time. ...
Ace bandages are designed to contract with every movement, which can be suffocating. Also, NEVER bind with duct tape, it can kill the skin underneath. I really, REALLY recommend ordering a binder online. Two great sites are:

link

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Expensive, but worth it.
01/02/2012
Chris Corrigan Chris Corrigan
I have back pain after nearly ten years of almost daily binding. I also have muscle disconnection problems in my shoulders and back.

You should NEVER, EVER bind with an ACE Bandage. You can bind more effectively with a back brace or a proper binder.
01/16/2012
PirateofPenance PirateofPenance
^What they said about binders. They look better, too! Good luck.
01/17/2012
nori nori
I've had a friend hurt himself from binding. He would make himself a supportive binder out of ace bandages, sewing it together. Do invest in a better way to bind, though. for your health and safety.
01/18/2012
vampyroteuthidae vampyroteuthidae
I've only been binding (always with an Underworks) for a few years at this point and I've got pains in my ribs that don't go away when it's off.
01/29/2012
MsRigby MsRigby
Wow! I didn't know such injuries were possible. Thanks for sharing this info. I'm yet to try binding, but now I know what not to do.
02/04/2012
Snozzberries Snozzberries
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Originally posted by MsRigby
Wow! I didn't know such injuries were possible. Thanks for sharing this info. I'm yet to try binding, but now I know what not to do.
Yeah, that was my reaction too when I found out. Like, "Oh, I have this bandage stuff here... oh wait. CRAP. That's bad."

I'm going to invest in two sports bras from walmart (like $10 each) and try the double-wrap with one backwards.
02/04/2012
GONE! GONE!
I've been lucky, and so has everyone else I know, but I've heard of some people suffering pretty awful stuff.
02/05/2012
lukas24 lukas24
Yeah, don't even buy Ace bandages if you have a large chest, it hurts and tends to slip. I'd recommend the big brother program of you have no other choice. Or google 'binder giveaway' and hope.
03/14/2012
Sam I Am Sam I Am
One of my friends has fractured a rib wearing an actual binder. If I wear my binder for too long, my ribs start to hurt and breathing gets a bit painful. Ace bandages are not a good option to bind with! Before I got a binder, I used a sports bra, which doesn't work as well but it's a lot safer than using bandages. Whenever my binder gives me pain, I switch to using my sports bra for a day or two. My binder from Underworks was only about $35 so you might want to try to save up for one if you can.
03/20/2012
pestilence pestilence
I haven't gotten any injuries, though I think my first binders were too loose. I've tightened one and it seems to be working much better, though I may be being a little risky.
03/20/2012
MistressDandelion MistressDandelion
I know a guy who's now getting painful, benign kysts that won't go away because he used to bind a lot with ace bandages...
03/25/2012
TheParrishism TheParrishism
I had a friends who's ribs had shifted after years of binding. Mine have shifted as well, but not to the same degree. I never bound tight enough to pass out or anything.
03/25/2012
Voir Voir
I bound with ace bandage a couple of times, not very often and I ended up with a fatty tumor in my breast that I had to have removed. We don't know if this was 100% the cause but seeing as I had no others and no history of developing cysts and such in my breasts I assume this was probably the cause, and I spoke to my doctor about it and she agreed it could have contributed to the tumor forming. However, I am a C cup and it took a bit to blind to any degree of flatness x_x so that probably didn't help either. I also experiences aches in my ribs, but earlier in life I wore corsets a bit and was accustomed to this so didn't think much of it. Until I got online and started researching binding and found out how dangerous that stuff is, how it can cause moisture to build up in the lungs etc etc
I don't bind anymore, I wear sports bras and baggy clothes (most clothes are baggy on me regardless x_x) but I avoid binding because I'd like not to repeat the entire experience heh
03/25/2012
Voir Voir
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Originally posted by Snozzberries
Yeah, that was my reaction too when I found out. Like, "Oh, I have this bandage stuff here... oh wait. CRAP. That's bad."

I'm going to invest in two sports bras from walmart (like $10 each) and try the double-wrap with one backwards.
I've done this :3 and it worked pretty well for me. Not entirely flat but definitely better than big lumps poking out through shirts :|
03/25/2012
Curiouscat Curiouscat
I had such a problem when I started. My breasts aren't huge but I used to wear a sports bra and wrap duct tape around my chest tightly. As I was binding I would breathe out so my chest was as small as possible when I bind it. But that also made it so I couldn't breathe in deeply. I used to wear that the whole school day in high school. Lots of fainting and shortness of breath/dizziness. I remember a really bad time when I did that all day then after school I walked into town with it still on. BAD LIFE DESISION! Haha. Now I use chest binders made specifically for binding breasts. I get mine from the online store Tkingdom.
03/25/2012
butts butts
I have a long tank style binder from Les Love Boat. The chest has binding material that works incredibly well, and the rest of it is a stretchy material that lightly binds to mask hips, it's incredible! Unfortunately, I fold it up to only cover my chest because the lighter binding material that goes over my abdomen compresses my stomach a bit. This is totally fine for the first two hours or so, but after that it's pretty uncomfortable. It feels close to abdominal cramps, and it really kills my appetite. It takes an hour or so after I take it off/adjust it for the aching to go away. Also if I bind too tightly for too long, I get sharp pains in my sternum that feel like growing pains. Nothing permanent though, I bind very sparingly since I'm blessed with a small chest.
03/26/2012
charletnarouh charletnarouh
I'm a drag king for performance only, not trans, so I don't bind every day or even all that often and never for more than a couple hours at a time. I bind with duck tape to create an open shirt illusion. I know the risks this presents, permanent skin damage and muscle injuries, etc, and accept them and do everything I can to minimize them. It's not ideal and I have had some minor skin injuries from it but it'll do since no binder can allow me to open my shirt and I've yet to find a binder that doesn't give me a uni-boob since apparently my tatas have separation anxiety and migrate back together no matter how much I adjust them and pull them aside (I've tried several styles and brands of binders and none have worked. Every time I bind I'm grateful that I don't need to do it on a more regular basis.
03/26/2012
Positwist Positwist
ACE users! Get thee to the binder repository program!
03/26/2012
blixa blixa
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Originally posted by butts
I have a long tank style binder from Les Love Boat. The chest has binding material that works incredibly well, and the rest of it is a stretchy material that lightly binds to mask hips, it's incredible! Unfortunately, I fold it up to only cover ...
I want to get one of the short binders from LesLoveBoat for this reason -- my UnderWorks binder is the same way and since I have a sensitive abdomen, it really sucks.
03/26/2012
blixa blixa
I get very short of breath when I bind with an UnderWorks binder or with layered sports bras. (Relatively small-breasted, but with a big ribcage, not sure how that effects everything.) I've had red marks and abdominal pain/tight, crampy feelings in my lower abdomen, but mercifully nothing else yet. I bind rarely for this reason.
03/26/2012
jesseftm jesseftm
I have never had any injuries from binding. I've been binding for a little over 6 years, typically every day and typically all day. I could just be lucky but I never saw how I could get hurt from binding... Especially to the extent of fractures unless you were doing something wrong.
03/27/2012
u u
I've never had any injuries from binding and I have been binding 2 years five days a week now.
03/27/2012
DarthTaco DarthTaco
Quote:
Originally posted by klyte
Has a FtM transgender you know or yourself suffered binding injuries? I haven't myself, and I consider myself lucky for that. I bind with an ace bandage, but I know with a larger chest it can be so painful and hurting over a period of time. ...
I have a binder that's a little bit too small (I've gained weight from when I bought it XP) and unfortunately I've bruised my ribs. It's not good, especially with my asthma. I had to take like 2 weeks off binding because every time I tried again it would still hurt like hell. I'm getting a bigger binder as soon as possible.
03/28/2012
TransMarc TransMarc
I'm only a B cup (I guess), but I used to wear two A cup sport bras + a stretchy bikini top thing + a thick wool tight with cut-out crotch and legs (passing head in crotch's hole, arms in legs' holes.)
It worked quite well, however wearing two bras hurt and I couldn't breath afat two or three hours! I've now a Les Love Boat binder which is more comfortable, but still uncomfortable if you wear it non-stop the whole day. I make twenty minutes pauses every hour or every two hours or whenever I can (depends on the day, if I'm at a job or alone at home.)
03/28/2012
Alyxx Alyxx
I've only ever bound my breasts for theater, and I couldn't imagine doing so with an ACE bandage everyday. It was uncomfortable and painful enough just for wearing it through a couple dance routines, let alone daily wear!
03/28/2012
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