Bras are considered a necessity by most women. Although there are social media trends that sparked the ‘No-Bra Movement’, there are still women who prefer to wear these undergarments.
Women find comfort when wearing a bra. However, a French sports scientist has claimed that it actually does more harm than good.
French sport scientist Jean-Denis Rouillon led a team that conducted a study about the real effects of not wearing bras.
With the help of 330 participants aged 18 to 35, Rouillon and his team at the University of Franche-Comte discovered that bras do nothing to “help support the chest, reduce back pain or prevent breast sagging”.
They claim that wearing bras causes collagen deficiency, resulting in the sagging of the breasts. They said that going bra-less improves the breasts’ elasticity and lift. The team also claims that bras restricts blood circulation.
“Medically, physiologically, anatomically – breasts gain no benefit from being denied gravity. On the contrary, they get saggier with a bra,” Rouillon said in an interview with French Info.
However, Rouillon clarified that generalization should not be drawn from their conclusions. He stated that they only used 330 women in their study. He stresses that what happened to this 330 women who underwent his study may not be applicable every woman.
He claims that his 15-year-long study still needs further examination to fully understand the negative and positive effect of wearing bras.
Meanwhile, Healthy Journal PH suggested these reasons why wearing bras could pose a health risk.
1.) Restricts Circulation
Tight bras may constrict the nerves found in the arms. This could affect blood circulation, especially if the bra has an underwire. Sports bras that are too tight may affect blood circulation when worn regularly.
2.) Causes Irritation
Straps and hooks can irritate the skin, especially when the bra is worn in an improper way. A bra that is too tight could cause scratches and itchiness.
The irritated skin could easily darken.
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