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Aahhhh.. This Is The Shocking Truth About The Health Dangers of Your Bra

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Diane Hopkins
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I am a Conscious Sex and Relationships Writer and Editor-in-Chief at My Tiny Secrets. Life is my research lab and playground where I get all my inspiration. I am currently writing my first novel documenting my own personal journey of (mis)adventures in love, sex and relationship.

A few months ago I stopped wearing a bra! I did it mainly for comfort reasons but what I didn’t realize is that there is a scientifically proven link between bras and breast cancer and apparently this research has been known for more than 20 years but never properly shared in breast health promotions.

Here are the 3 things you need to know about the risk of wearing a bra

1. Bras restrict the flow of lymphatic fluids

A tight underwire bra will restrict the natural flow of lymphatic fluids around a woman’s breasts and underarms. The lymph glands play an important role in releasing toxins from the body and stopping this process for extended periods of time increases the risk of breast cancer.

2. Bras carry a 1 in 7 risk of getting breast cancer

If you wear a bra for 12 hours or more you carry a 1 in 7 risk of getting breast cancer compared to a woman who never wears a bra who only has a 1 in 162 risk.

3. Sleeping in a bra carries the highest risk

A woman who wears a bra 24/7 (including to sleep at night) carries a 75% chance of developing breast cancer at some point in her life! This statistic is really very shocking!

Here is what you can do to minimize the dangers of a bra

1. Breast massage can counteract the risk

You can help to counteract the risk by massaging the breast tissue after you take off your bra (and before sleep) to encourage the flow of lymphatic fluids.

2. There are healthier options for breast support

If you feel you need support for your breasts during the daytime, wearing a bandeau or wire-free bra can be a better option. Basically the looser the bra is around the underarm area, the better! And the best is to go bra free.

3. Do you really have to wear a bra as much as you do?

I have never worn a bra when I have been at home by myself, so why do I need to wear one when around other people? Of course like most other women I have felt the pressure to wear a bra whenever I am in public in order to meet social expectations – how shocking the idea that others might be able to see a hint of nipple (crazy given that every person on the planet, including men, have these!) – and to look good because I believed I needed the support and shaping of an underwire bra for my breasts to be attractive. We don’t have to buy into these ideas of ‘normal’ dress behavior, so ditch the bra when you can I say!

Interesting Idea: The women who started the bra burning movement in the 60s may have been tapping into something not just important as a symbolic gesture of female liberation. For health reasons also, natural really is better than pushed up!

The original article can be found on Inquisitr.

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  • Alison Mercer

    that is a lie , i mean your statistics about bras causing cancer. too bad you use “facts” that are not real. because you have some great ideas and opinions but seeing an article full of lies kind of ruins it. disappointing , really. you do not need to make up stats whih support your viewpoint. your views are worthy without the silly false stats to support them. bras do suck but they are not dangerous

    • F.Hill

      In a study that was conducted by Syd and Soma Singer in May of 1991, 4000 women in 5 major U.S. cities were interviewed. All of the women who were studied were of Caucasian descent, ages ranging from 30 to 79. Of the 4,000 women, almost half had been diagnosed with breast cancer. The majority of the women who were interviewed said that they were unhappy with the shape and size of their breasts and wore a bra for appearance only. 3 out of 4 of these women who wore their bras to sleep contracted breast cancer, and 1 in 7 women who wore their bras for more than 12 hours a day did too. This study concluded that just 1 in 168 women who did not wear a bra contracted breast cancer, which is the same amount as men (who also do not wear bras).

  • Dani Clevenger

    I don’t think its a bad idea to go braless even if you are a bigger size cup. I have also seen other article equating the use of bras to negative impact on breasts. Cancer and sagginess being the top 2. Cancer because of lymph node blockage and saggines because the pectoral muscles naturally holding up your breasts dont get worked out if you wear a bra all the time. and personally i find them very uncomfortable. I am a 38 DD and I have many sports bras and many bandeaus that support me just fine that are in no way tight around my chest. its all about finding the right strechy material. some of the bandeaus i have i even got from walmart. im not trying to tell you guys what to do, or say you will get breast cancer, who knows! im just saying its worth a try even for bustier girls 🙂

    • Odysseia

      Sagginess can also be inherited. I have had saggy breasts since 14 years of age! My mother’s breasts are naturally droopy but at least she fills a full C cup while mine fits a B with difficulty..

  • Deborah Van Parys

    After reading all theses comments in relieved! That’s exactly what thought after I read this. I have some big tatas, and there is no way my back and shoulders can support them without some help. At home I normally wear sports bras, they’re the most comfortable and give great support. And I don’t want saggy stretched out breasts. I take care of them and give them a cozy hammock to rest in :•>

  • As nice as going braless might feel (to some), it certainly will not look nice with my girls being a 42 J cup!!

    When I am home alone I do take off my bra of the outage. I sleep without a bra. As soon as I leave the house I wear an underwire bra. I have tried going without an underwire and it was quite disastrous. My back and breast hurts more without an underwire.

    Unfortunately my breast size is in direct correlation with weight gain and weight loss. When I am at my normal weight my chest size is a D/DD. They will get smaller as a go under my normal weight class. Unfortunately they are also droopy from years of being big and then being small and childbirth.

    One of the biggest problems with having my chest size is finding a bra that fits you properly, does not cost of thousand dollars, and is somewhat flattering to look at.

    Believe it or not I finally found such a bra on Amazon.com for about 40 bucks a pop.
    The bra itself is attractive and supports me nicely. I do not have any weird torpedo boob effect or unnatural roundness , or Uniboob.
    I believe I may have found a sports bra to fit me to fit me too.

    I have always been a C cup or above. In seventh grade I was a 36C. I would wear a bra then a sports bra over it. There were times I would wear two sports bras. I was so embarrassed by having larger breasts.

    I’d love to see an article about dealing with breast shame.

  • tami

    went from 44ddd to now a G and no bra aint happenin’ workin 8-10 hrs a day and having teen girls’ boyfriends at home when I’m off keeps my big bunions in a bra pretty much 18 hrs at least a day unless I give up and sleep in one, haven’t found a sport bra or bandeau big enuff that doesn’t cut all my air supply off, so I have to.. guess i’ll soon get cancer if I don’t have it already at 48 who knows I visit a dr once a decade, bad exp. with hospitals, injections, and dr.s so I only go if emergency!!!

  • Aimee

    I am a 36G. A bra that isn’t underwire, will not support me. I can see ladies with smaller chests being able to do this… but the women with larger chests, it’s just not possible!
    I will admit it took me a long time to be able to sleep without a bra on. And I’ve slowly gotten used to not usually wearing one around the house when it is acceptable. It hurt not having them supported for a good while, still sometimes does.

  • Kellen Connor

    Hat off to miss Hayley. Try going braless when your tits are busy justifying Rob Liefeld drawings.

  • Hayley Prychun Rodgers

    Try having 2 cantaloups on your chest, a bandeau ain’t doing shit for you unless it’s so tight it negates the whole idea. Also, while I fully support no underwire. I wear bras because having my tits slap me in the face when I bounce too much hurt like hell.

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