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How do different types of bras affect breast health?

Updated: Apr 10, 2023

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The first and foremost thing to consider before buying bras is the fabric, especially if you have sensitive skin.

Opt for comfier and breathable fabrics, such as cotton as they allow ventilation, making it easier for your body to breathe and be comfortable. This also reduces the chances of skin infection and irritation.


One of the main reasons why bras can turn out to be harmful is the size. A bra that does not fit properly can cause pain in the neck and the chest muscles.

About 80% women wear ill-fitting bras, so it is imperative for you to get your size measured before buying a bra. Make sure that the bra has a snug fit where its band is neither too tight nor loose. The breasts shouldn’t bulge out from the top or sides and the bra shouldn’t look wrinkled either.


If you want to hit the gym, you need something sturdier like sports bras that have the ability to deal with high impact and provide support to your breasts. When choosing a sports bra, people should look for options that provide the greatest support.

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In a 2013 survey, women who did not wear the right sports bra experienced increase in breast pain during vigorous exercise due to a lack of adequate breast support.

Going braless

After prolonged use of bra during day, it is important to give your breasts some break. It is always advisable to take off your bra during sleep as it helps avoid swelling, buildup of fluid, and improves blood flow.

One myth about going braless is that the breasts will sag without a bra for support. However, there is not enough scientific evidence to suggest that going braless will cause the breasts to sag.


It seems that the best type of bra for women’s health is a comfortable, well-fitting one that doesn’t constrict or put pressure on the breasts. Bras that are too tight or have underwires can cause problems like back pain and poor circulation. Ultimately, it is important to find a style and size that makes you feel comfortable so you can wear it all day without any negative effects on your health.


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