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Are Bras Bad For You

By now, you’ve probably read or heard one of the many claims that you need to be careful about your bra-wearing habits. And as a result, it’s pretty likely that you’ve been left scratching your head over whether you need to worry about your undergarments. However, some of these warnings lack proof to back them up. So, how are you supposed to know whether bras are bad for you?

If you’ve found yourself fretting over this topic, read on for the skinny on bras and your health.

The Myth

The idea that wearing bras  can increase a woman’s risk of breast cancer can be traced back to the mid-90s. It all started when a duo of medical anthropologists claimed that bras restrict the lymph nodes near the breasts, thus inhibiting drainage and preventing cancer-causing toxins from escaping the breast tissue. However, the American Cancer Society determined that the study didn’t take known risk factors for breast cancer and other variables into account, and furthermore, failed to adhere to standard practices of epidemiological research. According to the ACS, there is no scientific evidence that proves wearing a bra has any impact on a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer.

The Facts

Still, there are some factors to consider in regards to your bra-wearing habits. As previously stated, the lymphatic system is responsible for draining toxic substances from tissues, and the last thing you want to do is impede that. The good news is that as long as your bras aren’t too tight, you shouldn’t have to worry about it.

In fact, a report published by Portsmouth University revealed that a poorly fitting bra can lead to bad posture, breast pain, dents in the shoulders from strap pressure and other upper-body musculoskeletal issues (such as back, neck and shoulder pain).


It’s worth noting that whether or not you wear a bra is a personal choice, and if you’re concerned about your risk of breast cancer, there are many other factors to take into account (such as your family history) that make much more of a difference than your undergarments. Rest assured that there’s no real proof that a bra in itself, whether underwire or not is bad for you. However, wearing an ill-fitting one may be, for a variety of reasons. That’s why we always recommend getting professionally measured. Getting fitted by an expert ensures that neither the band nor the cups are too small, thus giving you peace of mind that you aren’t potentially compromising your comfort or your health.

We Highly Recommend

Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for a special occasion, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!

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Rebecca Strong

Rebecca is a Boston-based freelance writer who focuses on style, fitness, food, and travel. She has contributed to such publications as HuffPost, Elite Daily and U.S. News & World Report. When she's not writing, she can be found at home or in the studio working on the songs for her upcoming album. Her favorite bra is a black demi-cup style with all-over-lace — timeless and feminine.

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