Is there anything more orgasmic than the feeling of taking off your bra at the end of a long day?
What we’re left with is little red lines on our shoulders, pain from a pesky underwire, and a sense of accomplishment that we’re keeping our breasts away from the horrors of gravity and the sagging that comes with it.
Actually, that last part might not be true.
Turns out that a fifteen year long French study has concluded that bras actually do not prevent women’s bras from sagging, and may actually increase the amount of sag suffered.
Professor Jean-Denis Rouillon, a sports medicine specialist from Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Besancon in Besancon, France published the study recently that, in his own words: “confirm the hypothesis that the bra is a false need.”
He goes on to say: “Medically, physiologically, anatomically, the breast does not benefit from being deprived of gravity. Instead it languishes with a bra.”
Wow, those are hard words to hear for the millions of women all over the world who wake up every morning and put on a bra with the understanding that it’s going to make their boobs perkier and less saggy.
Researchers in the study believed that wearing a bra might prevent the growth of breast tissue, which would lead to the deterioration of the muscles that supported the breasts. The study involved 330 volunteers between the ages of 18 and 35 years who were monitored over the 15-year period and had their breasts regularly measured. The women who did not wear a bra had a 7mm lift, as measured yearly from their nippes, and their breasts were also firmer and showed distinct fading of stretch marks.
The study also debunked the idea that bras might have any effect on back pain. A 28-year-old woman involved in the study, who claimed she hasn’t worn a bra in two years, stated that since giving up the bra she has been able to breathe better, stand straighter, and have less back pain.
Certainly, this is a study that will shake much of the foundation of bra-wearing across the world, but before you throw out all our lacy numbers take a few things into consideration. Although the study was conducted over 15 years, the number of women involved was small. This means that the results are still considered preliminary and more long-term studies will be required. Additionally, the man in charge Professor Jean-Denis Rouillon stated that as the test subjects were only aged 18-35, a 45-year-old woman who has consistently worn a bra her entire life may not benefit.
But if you hate wearing a bra and have for some time, don’t stress anymore. Leave the bra behind and be free.
Your breasts will thank you for it.