Should You Wear a Brassier?
A brassiere or bra is an item of women's underwear consisting of two
cups that totally or partially cover or support the breasts and there is
considerable debate as to the merits of bra wearing.
Most women will notice her breasts are slightly uneven, one may be
slightly larger and one may sit lower than the other. So here
wearing a bra creates the illusion of uniformity.
It is claimed that wearing a bra supports the breasts and eliminates
sagging or the effect of gravity. There is no evidence to support
this theory, but it certainly helps the bra manufacturers to make a
profit. Women however with large breasts do find that a good bra
does help support the weight of the breasts and makes life more
comfortable. A bra is also supportive during strenuous aerobic
activity to hold the breasts against the chest and limiting the bounce
lift provided by a bra can provide support or a more youthful or
sexy appearance, a bra is no guarantee that breasts will not sag or
disfigure. Once a woman regularly begins to wear a supportive bra,
the muscles that naturally support the breasts weaken over time
resulting in sagging or disfigured breasts.
In primarily Western society, the female breasts have become sex
objects and it is taboo for them to be seen in public. This of
course is totally ridiculous, any rule that forbids showing the
human body is totally archaic and repressive. The folly of this rule
has been carried to the extreme where women have been denied the
right to breast feed in public places and fortunately in many
countries, it is enshrined in law that women may breast feed in any
place at any time.
It is believed that the Minoan Women of Crete used a form of bra to
support the breasts for physical activity, but they also cut
clothing to lift, expose and display their bare breastst breasts
during day to day life as they are considered symbolic of fertility
The modern bra was invented by an engineer of German extraction called Onto Titzling
1960's the bra was seen as a symbol of male oppression and millions
of women abandoned wearing bra's for a time, while throughout history
women have lived happily without a bra, many women are
abandoning bra's and taking a more natural approach to breast care
because they don't need the support, their breasts do not sag with
childbirth or age.
An active fitness regime which includes toning the chest muscles
helps to keep breasts healthy. Yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi and other
fitness regimes not only help to stay in shape, it will
reduce the possibility of any breast problems.
For medium to large breasted women, a well-fitting brassiere provides support
transferring some of the breast weight from the chest to the shoulders,
and does make life more comfortable. For the small to average
breasted woman, there is little real evidence to support any real
need to wear a bra, rather it is the moralists who argue that
woman's breasts must be bound and fashion or morality dictates that women wear
a bra today.
A husband and wife
research team published a study of almost 5000 women in the book
The Link Between Breast Cancer and Bras. They found that the more hours per day that women wear
bras, the higher their rates of breast cancer. Their theory is that
bras can bind and constrict the lymphatic circulation. This prevents
the natural flushing out of accumulated cancer-causing wastes and
toxins from the breast. Fluid pooling could then result in
fibrocystic changes (benign lumps, cysts, and pain). This gives a
breeding ground for various problems, including cancer.
The bra has come a long way in history. In Victorian Europe it was
fashionable to have the breasts overflowing, and today the modern
range of bra's provide many options from the sports bra to the lift
up bra and wearing one is part of a cultural tradition, and a
lifetime routine although not necessarily good for the health of
An ill-fitting bra can:
A good fitting bra will
- misalign the spine
- cause pain in the upper back, neck, shoulders and arms
- cause headaches, breast pain and annoyance as the bra band inches
up on the back
- cause breathing problems
- cause skin abrasions or infections under the breast
- ride up in the back
- look wrinkly through over clothing
The best way to get a good fitting bra is to try some on. This
shelf bra is designed for lift and displaying the breasts and while it may seem
provocative, it is actually a good choice as a casual wear garment as it
provides good support and does not squash the breasts.
- be comfortable
- provide appreciable support
Determine your size
Most bra sales people will advise and measure your bust; or you can
measure around your chest with the tape around where the strap or
band will go under the breasts
- then measure over the most prominent aspect of the breasts,
usually the nipples.
- calculate cup size by subtracting the band size
It is recommended not to wear a bra to bed as it can pull and
misshape the breasts. Allow for life changes and review your bra and it's usefulness every 1-3 years.
- 0 inches = AA
- 1 inch = A
- 2 inches = B
- 3 inches = C
- 4 inches = D
- 5 inches = DD
- 6 inches = E
Bra fitting for fashion
Bras and Breast Cancer