15 year study finds that bras may be useless.

oneeyedoctopus oneeyedoctopus
I don't put much stock in this study. It doesn't mesh with my personal experience. But now that I've lost weight and they've gotten smaller again I can go braless longer without them hurting.
05/05/2013
.kaycat .kaycat
Wow, interesting well, I think it's more of a comfotprt thing for me... I like knowing no one can see my nipples? I get cold a lot
05/05/2013
oohlookasquirrel oohlookasquirrel
My breasts are small enough (32C at present) that I can get away with going without, but bouncy enough that I can feel self-conscious and notice that people are staring if I leave the house without one. If I'm at home by myself, I don't wear a bra. I don't own a sports bra, but then again nearly all of my exercising takes place in my own apartment. If I'm feeling too bouncy, a tight shirt is sufficient for me. If I'm sweating, I don't want a bra to be involved.

The only times I've had problems going bralass were from nipple chafing with a shirt that was rough, and from receiving unwanted attention when I'm walking around outside. Then again, I've been honked at when I'm fully clothed with a coat on, so I don't particularly see a reason to dress more conservatively because some people are jerks who feel like they have the right to stare or scream at women.

I find the study comforting, but I'd also love to see more research on the subject. I wouldn't go into a professional situation without a bra (or enough layers to obscure nipples and jiggling), but I'm comfortable without one in many situations, even if I get a few unwanted stares.
05/07/2013
gorgeous gorgeous
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Originally posted by VeganChick (is Gone)
I don't really think this is fair. People have a right to go braless. Keep applying this standard and we would have to say goodbye to tattoos, piercings, certain hairdos, certain clothing styles, etc. just because others "don't like ... More
It is someones option to do, and I'm not saying you are bad if you don't wear one. On my experience I worked at Lane Bryant, a plus size store, when some women come in without bras and their boobs hanging way down there it doesn't look good. Sorry, I didn't mean to offend anyone. I believe that some ladies with smaller breasts can go more without one, but I was mainly talking about the larger breasted ladies.
05/09/2013
FieryRed FieryRed
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Originally posted by VeganChick (is Gone)
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Not really, I think I'm just sensitive about clothing and texture on my body. I had a lot of trouble when I was little with sensory ... More
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05/10/2013
FieryRed FieryRed
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Originally posted by gorgeous
It is someones option to do, and I'm not saying you are bad if you don't wear one. On my experience I worked at Lane Bryant, a plus size store, when some women come in without bras and their boobs hanging way down there it doesn't look ... More
Gorgeous, the trouble is that you're judging these "larger breasted ladies" based on how their breasts look (to you) without a bra. Yes, we all have that voice in our heads that criticizes others, especially other women, when they don't look the way the magazine and television and billboard and internet ads tell us we should. But that doesn't mean you have to say it out loud, or write it in a public forum, and perpetuate these ideas that women are always to be judged based on our appearances, first and foremost. The fact that some people will dislike the way a given woman looks without a bra is not a good reason for her to wear one. A woman should wear a bra if it makes HER more comfortable, not because it makes OTHERS more comfortable.

If I were to always do things based on what makes others comfortable, I would never be able to hold my partner's hand in public.
05/10/2013
wicked48 wicked48
I'm a C cup and I can't imagine Zumba class without a bra! I definitely need the support when I exercise or do any sort of activity even if it's just cleaning the house. If I'm just sitting around watching TV, I'll go without a bra.
05/10/2013
Aishiteru Aishiteru
I wouldn't doubt it, but I'm use to wearing one and I typically feel more comfortable wearing one when in public.
05/11/2013
Ace <3 Ace <3
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Originally posted by bratcat
A 15 year study of 330 women ages 18 to 35, conducted by french professor Jean-Denis Rouillon, found that wearing an underwire bra may actually lead to having "saggier' breast. The study found that over time breast would gain more muscle ... More
I can't imagine not wearing a bra. Although I don't use the ones with an underwire, I do use a lot of sport bras & well fitted bras by places like Victoria's secret. I have C's so they're big enough for me, and I exercise a lot...I couldn't imagine having my chest bounce around more than it already does!
05/11/2013
karenm karenm
I've never been sure about this; I've read sources over the years about both sides (wearing/ not wear a bra leading to sagging). But the fact is I have to wear bras in my daily life no matter what a study says, so in a way it doesn't matter.
05/12/2013
CutiePatootie CutiePatootie
I think that you should do what works for you. I personally go with a bra mostly because I'm nipping all the time and like to not have them poking out through my clothes. It creates attention that I'm not always willing to deal with. Days I'm staying home, I might wear no bra. Seriously, find your happy medium.
05/12/2013
MsDrProfKitty MsDrProfKitty
I'm only a B cup but I wear a bra every day, I've heard of this study before but I don't know how true it is. It could be haha but I don't feel comfortable out in public without a bra...*Ping* *Ping* HEADLIGHTS? No thank you.
It's an interesting study though
05/12/2013
angel42539 angel42539
I like my bra lol
05/12/2013
QueenBitch QueenBitch
I don't understand the worry if your breast are saggy in the first place. Does it somehow make the breast less attractive if it sags? I think not! They are boobs! Watch them jiggle and enjoy the view.

Sagging is something that most women will have no matter the size, how often they wear a bra, how many children they have or not, etc. It's about your skins elasticity. Just like some women bounce back from pregnancy without a stretch mark and others keep the weight.

I only wear a bra when I leave the house or company comes over. They kill my chest. I have J's. If I am playing Kinect or chasing my children around...I must wear a regular bra with a sports bra over top of it to stop them from moving because that will make them sore too. However, just being in a bra kills my breast. They start to ache.
05/14/2013
P'Gell P'Gell
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Originally posted by bratcat
A 15 year study of 330 women ages 18 to 35, conducted by french professor Jean-Denis Rouillon, found that wearing an underwire bra may actually lead to having "saggier' breast. The study found that over time breast would gain more muscle ... More
There are NO skeletal muscles in the breast which respond to exercise or lack of it!

Aside from very small muscles, which control nipple erectile function and milk ejection, the female breast is completely devoid of muscles. It's a bag of skin, fat, milk ducts and some lymphatic tissue. None of these are controlled by muscles that connect to the skeletal system and so do not benefit from "exercise" or lack of it.

So, honestly, I think (as a nurse and a person who read medical studies regularly and knows human anatomy and physiology) that this study is absolutely ridiculous with it's claims of "muscles in the breast."

There is NO muscle that could cause the "nipple to lift." It ridiculous and physiologically impossible. The tiny muscles in the nipple ONLY control erectility and milk ejection. There is no way for the muscles to "lift" the nipple in any way. And these tiny muscles in the nipple are not able to be under any conscious control. (Any more than you could cause or stop goose bumps from forming, as the tiny muscles in the nipple are similar to the muscles that control hair rising and goose bumps... in other words you have NO control over them and they do NOT benefit from exercise.)

I don't know that bras stop sagging, most sag is due to size, heredity and number of full term pregnancies, but it certainly doesn't hurt. HOW could an underwire CAUSE sagging? If you know anatomy and physiology, it makes absolutely NO sense.
05/14/2013
Chilipepper Chilipepper
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Originally posted by P'Gell
There are NO skeletal muscles in the breast which respond to exercise or lack of it!

Aside from very small muscles, which control nipple erectile function and milk ejection, the female breast is completely devoid of muscles. It's a bag ... More
I want a "THIS" button option for P'Gell's response!
05/14/2013
Sangsara Sangsara
I wonder if they are really talking about going without a bra or about wearing say a sports bra or bralet which would contain without the underwires. Speaking of underwires I wear a bra everyday (although my boobs are now so small it's hardly necessary for support) and my mom thinks I'm stupid to do so because underwires cause blockages in your lymph nodes.
Personally I wear a bra because I LOVE how it looks. I feel sexier, less self conscious of my bra size (because I gain at least a cup) and look better proportioned (at least to my eyes) really my bra GIVES me boobs and I was crushed lately when I discovered 5 of them wet and moldy in a plastic bag.
05/15/2013
P'Gell P'Gell
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Originally posted by Sangsara
I wonder if they are really talking about going without a bra or about wearing say a sports bra or bralet which would contain without the underwires. Speaking of underwires I wear a bra everyday (although my boobs are now so small it's hardly ... More
An underwire bra which is properly fitted will not "block your lymph nodes" and it's highly unlikely that even a poorly fitted bra will do so.

The links between bras and illness have simply not been substantiated.
05/15/2013
Clock Chime Clock Chime
This is a very interesting study...
05/17/2013
FieryRed FieryRed
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Originally posted by P'Gell
An underwire bra which is properly fitted will not "block your lymph nodes" and it's highly unlikely that even a poorly fitted bra will do so.

The links between bras and illness have simply not been substantiated.
This is a breath of fresh air, P'Gell! It's obvious you have some medical and/or scientific background...
05/18/2013
Glinteye Glinteye
Haha, my ex just sent me this (I really love talking about bras and sizing). For someone who loves bras, I go braless surprisingly often. My issue is that if I'm braless, my nipples are showing.
05/20/2013
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