Best Lingerie For Menopause
Menopause is a period of significant hormonal changes that can last for years, and cause everything from excess sweating to swollen, sensitive nipples. It’s no wonder they call it the second puberty! Although it’s a completely natural part of aging, it definitely has the potential to leave you feeling pretty miserable.
The most well-known symptom of menopause has got to be hot flashes, a sudden feeling of heat that can be accompanied by sweating, which some people experience multiple times per day (and night!).
However, your breasts also undergo some significant changes that can cause issues of their own.
Breast changes during menopause
During perimenopause (the period shortly before the actual menopause) estrogen levels can spike, just like they do in pregnancy. And that can lead to breast swelling and tenderness.
Later, your estrogen production drops off. Since estrogen plays a role in keeping your skin supple, this can cause the skin on and around your breasts, plus the connective tissue inside them, to become less elastic. At the same time, your glandular tissues which were there to produce milk begin to shrink, making your breasts feel less firm. It’s the combination of these two factors that causes sagging.
But that’s not all. Your cup size may increase with menopause. In many cases, that’s down to general weight gain caused by a gradually slowing metabolism. So before you buy any new ideas, it’s a good idea to book a bra fitting to confirm the size you need – one which may change multiple times before it’s over.
Related: 6 Factors That Can Cause Your Breast Size To Change
Bra and lingerie tips for menopause
Because your breasts are one of the places where the signs of menopause can be seen and felt the most, changing up your lingerie can really help to alleviate some of that discomfort. Now full disclosure, I haven’t gone through menopause myself yet. But based on the symptoms above, it’s clear to me that you should be prioritizing two things – comfort, and breathability.
Here’s how to get them:
Soft, seamless fabrics
If your breasts are feeling sore or tender, pay special attention to the fabrics your bras are made from. Aim to buy lingerie in store if possible, so you can feel the garment in your hand see just how soft, or not, it is.
Cheaper laces and embroideries can potentially feel scratchy, especially if left unlined, so you may prefer to get your dose of chic design from a print instead. And it may also make sense to avoid seamed cups, since those seams can irritate sensitive skin.
Whether it’s a bra, a brief, or a set of PJs, the key to staying cool during hot flushes and night sweats is fabric that lets your skin breathe. Breathable underwear is also crucial to keep yeast infections at bay, something that menopause-related vaginal dryness puts you at a higher risk of.
Look for natural fibers such as silk, bamboo, linen and cotton, and avoid polyester, a common man-made one that traps moisture against your skin. Synthetic fabrics described as ‘moisture wicking’ are okay though, since these are technical fabrics woven in such a way that they encourage moisture to evaporate away. Side note: a silk nightie won’t do you much good if you’re sleeping in polyester bedding, so check that too!
You may also find that thick, molded foam cups cause you to overheat and lead to a bad case of ‘boob sweat’. If that’s so, swap your padded and t-shirt bras for unlined ones. They’re more lightweight and breathable, and yet you may be surprised to know that this style can be equally supportive!
Suffering from breast tenderness? A well-fitting bra with underwires shouldn’t feel uncomfortable, so definitely book that bra fitting to check you’re not simply wearing wires that are too long or short for you.
However, there is, of course, the option of going wireless. Whether you choose a soft and stretchy bralette or a wire-free bra with a little more structure to it, many people find these to be the most comfortable choice on days when their breasts are feeling particularly delicate.
Especially if you are going or have gone through menopause, I’d love to hear what lingerie fabrics and styles worked best for you. Leave a comment down below!
Related: How To Shop For Wireless Bras
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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!