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5 Scientific Reasons Why You Should Stop Wearing a Bra Right Now

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Reason 4: Irritation and Circulation

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In 2004, a popular study revealed that as much as 80% of women are wearing the wrong bra for their breasts based on bra size, brand, and cup size.

Not surprisingly, consistently wearing ill-fitting bras can have detrimental effects on the body, especially if a bra is too tight or small. These could lead to irritation or cysts as well as the harmful constriction of your natural circulation or even lymphatic blockage.

Reason 5: Sleeping in a Bra

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Though the idea may make some women cringe, it’s a normal practice for many women out there. Pro-bra supporters argue that it’s as simple as getting support during those nighttime hours versus not. Other women find that wearing a bra at nighttime helps with comfort or in alleviating back pain.

Dr. Amber Guth was asked about the topic and explained that, realistically, it might not make much of a difference. Professional bra fitter Linda Becker, aptly named “The Bra Lady,” insists that what’s more important than bra or not is the size of your breasts, and that women with D cups and up should consider wearing a bra to bed for support.

The most important thing to keep in mind is to wear a comfortable bra with a soft cup, regardless of your nighttime habits.


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But don’t go burning all your bras just yet. The scientific findings stress that, if you’ve already been wearing a bra regularly for decades, it’s probably too late to expect any major changes. For the most part, younger women should consider the lifestyle choice that they find most comfortable.

If you’re totally pro-bra, at least make sure that you are wearing the right brand, size, and cup style for your body. Best rule of thumb: if it doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.

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