Ah, the bra. If ever women have had a love/ hate relationship with an article of clothing, this is it. Sure, it provides a nice shape and keeps things sturdy during physical activities, but there’s nothing quite like the sweet relief of taking it off at the end of a long day.
There’s no doubt that bras can add a level of comfort to one’s daily activities, especially if you happen to be on the larger side. In fact, there is evidence that the women of Ancient Greece were wearing brassiere-like garments over 3,000 years ago, but aside from personal comfort, what do bras really offer? Is there any evidence that supported breasts lead to better health?
Over the years, there have been many claims that bras are “healthy” for women. One of the most ridiculous (and widespread) rumors say that bras prevent saggy breasts – a falsehood so deeply ingrained in our culture that mothers are encouraged to buy “training bras” for girls as young as six or seven, to prepare them for a lifetime of wearing brassieres.
However, there is no scientific fact to support this claim. Even the former CEO of Playtex, John Dixley, agreed when he said: “We have no medical evidence that wearing a bra could prevent sagging, because the breast itself is not a muscle – keeping it toned is an impossibility.”
While the anti-sag theory may be silly, it’s not the most dangerous lie that women are told about bras. In 1995, a book called Dressed to Kill hit the mainstream, claiming that women who wear an underwire bra for 12+ hours a day are at a higher risk of developing breast cancer than those who don’t.
The American Cancer Society firmly disagrees. It is impossible for lymph nodes to be pressured by underwire, as they are located in the armpit, not under the breast.
So, should you wear a bra or not? It’s a decision that’s entirely up to you.