Some women like bras and some never wear a bra. Why do women wear a bra?
“Because breasts need to be supported.”
This is largely a myth: “…wearing a bra… has no medical necessity whatsoever”, says Susan M. Love, M.D in her “Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book”. This is similar to the myth that women supposedly need corsets to support their stomach muscles.
Now, large-breasted women may need the support from bras. Jogging and other active sports may be painful even for medium-breasted ladies. This is, however, an individual thing, so do what is comfortable for you.
If you need or want to wear a bra, find one that is fitting. Be especially careful about the underwires and side panels, because if the fit is not just right, the underwire can poke into the breast tissue, and the side panels can create extra pressure and tightness. Also, give your breasts “free time”. Take your bra off whenever you can, such as at home. At the very least do not wear it to sleep.
Also, while bras do give breasts support, they do not ultimately prevent your breasts from sagging. Gravity will eventually take its effect. There is actually some evidence that bras can even increase sagging. One possible reason for that is that the breast has ligaments, and since other bodily ligaments can atrophy when not in use, the same might happen to the breast ligaments under the constant artificial support from the bra, resulting in increased sagginess. Another possible reason for bra-wearing increasing sagginess is IF a woman wears an ill-fitting bra, which may force some of the breast tissue to “migrate”, resulting in differently shaped breasts than otherwise.
Why do women wear a bra
“Because I feel immoral or indecent without bras.”
This is actually a strange contrast to the sexual nature of bras. While many women accentuate the sexuality of their breasts with bras, equally many or more feel that bras are sort of a necessary “modest covering” for breasts.
Is morality really dependent upon the type of underwear you wear? Women who feel this way have often been made to believe that their breasts are “dirty” body parts that need “tucked away” from sight; and bras become the means of doing so.
“Because everybody does so or in other words the unspoken rules of society so dictate.”
This is a common reason for wearing bras, and in many situations we women do have to conform to the modern society’s dress code.
“I need to wear a bra for my job since it’s the dress code.”
This might be; however those ladies, who would rather not wear one for whatever reason, still have some options even at workplace:
1. Try a camisole/vest. A good camisole made out of elastic material will give some support to your breasts so they don’t bounce around, and you will probably be surprised how little people notice. Companies that require bras may not have a policy that defines what a bra is. Some cropped camisoles look very much like bras. Some camisoles even have adjustable straps like a bra. Basically, if it looks professional, it should be OK.
2. Try some other alternative for bra, such as bra cups worn inside the clothing.
3. Try changing the company’s policy. I am not guaranteeing this will work; however in some situations it might be a viable option.
“Because I hate the thought of my breasts sagging so much.”
Bras provide support for the breasts and keep breasts from sagging while you wear them. This is often considered to be the “norm” or the dress code for professionals or otherwise. Some of us may also find discomfort in the sweat that collects under sagging breasts.
Also, it is good to realize that bras do not ultimately prevent your breasts from sagging. Gravity will eventually take its effect, sooner or later. Some scientific studies have even shown that wearing a bra causes the breasts to sag more.
“Discomfort from sweat and ‘slapping.”
If you suffer with a sweat rash under the breasts, one idea is to apply a good medicated body powder (not talc) after you have washed every day. One visitor suggested Lanacane as a good one. Then there is also a product called Swoobies that is designed to absorb the moisture (sweat) between the bra and breasts.
“Because I want to give the illusion of a larger breast size.”
This especially happens among teenagers who are very self-conscious if their breasts end up on the smaller end of the scale. Small-breasted and flat-chested women often pad their bras or perhaps use other means to fill up the bra cup, such as silicone breast enhancers.
If the society wouldn’t have such a craze about large breasts being better, these girls and women wouldn’t need to feel so self-conscious about this issue!
“Because they jump up and down while I exercise and do sports.”
Sports bras can be extremely helpful in reducing breast bouncing while running or doing other types of active sports. In fact, the bouncing during jogging, for example, can actually damage the ligaments inside the breasts. Slight movement of breasts is probably just helpful, because movement of breasts aids the lymph flow. You need to judge the situation based on the type of activity.
“Because I am breastfeeding and I need to wear nursing bras.”
Nursing moms (or pregnant women) are indeed told to buy nursing bras and wear them. There is no medical necessity to wear nursing bras either. Of course nursing bras is a handy way to hide the leaking of breast milk, and maybe you want to wear one in order to avoid society’s pressure.
However be careful because wearing a nursing bra may cause breast engorgement or sore breasts. It might be safer just place a towel under you during the night to catch the leakage, and not worry about breast milk spots on your T-shirts at home, where you can easily go bra-free.
Disclaimer: It is strongly recommended to consult your doctor for professional advice. Above mentioned information and recommendations are just general and should be adapted to each person according to personal health indicators and status.