Every woman knows what a colossal pain bras are, and by pain we mean that they can literally be painful if worn for an extended period, but they are also a huge annoyance. Honestly, sometimes the best part of the day is when you get to take the breast jail off.
More alarming than the fact that we just called bras breast jails, is that there are countless myths that circulate the internet about the horrible side-effects of bras. Obviously the internet itself is a scary place if you’re on it long enough.
Surely if you browse the web regularly, you’ll find that everything is harmful and can kill you. But just how accurate and factual are these claims? We are here to dispel some of these bra myths for you so we can (partially) rest your mind at ease.
1. My breasts will become saggy if I don’t wear a bra: This is one of the more common myths but you’ll be happy to know that it’s not true. It is the law of physics that if an object is not held up, it will fall due to gravity – but that is all. If you are worried about sagginess, then there are plenty of exercises to combat it.
2. Breast cancer risk is increased by the underwire bra: There is just no scientific correlation between the two. It was merely a wrongful association due to the rise of breast cancer cases.
3. It is recommended to sleep with your bra on: This is not only incorrect, but ridiculous. Whoever initiated this rumor should be placed on a wanted list because of how many women likely had less than comfortable sleep as a result of it. Try some chest exercises instead.
4. Stretch marks are caused by not wearing a bra: This is also incorrect. Stretch marks are caused by changes in your body’s composition over time, not by going bra-less. Again, not wearing a bra and sagginess have nothing to do with one another.
5. Fixed sizing: The sizing of bras is brand-dependent. That means that based on the brand of bra you are buying, the size of your bra will change. You should get sized when shopping at a new store to avoid buying a bra that is too big or small for you.
6. You can wash your bras in the machine: Obviously this doesn’t mean that you physically can’t wash your bras in a washing machine, it just means that you probably shouldn’t. Given that bras are usually (too) expensive and consist of delicate fabrics you might want to hand wash them instead.
7. You can wear the same bra for several days in a row: Unfortunately, we all sweat and it’s much worse in the summer, and it’s even worse if you wear a bra. This means that you should probably wash your bra as often as you wash your underwear.
There you have it. Those are some of the most common bra-related myths that you can now ignore or refute if you hear anyone spouting them. Of course, there are situations where you might like to wear a bra, but now you know you don’t have to which makes all the difference.