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YES: 15-Year Study Suggests Going Braless Is Better

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Now I know what you're thinking, and yes, it would be awesome to swim through those like Scrooge McDuck.

According to a 15-year study conducted by French professor Jean-Denis Rouillon (MUST HAVE BEEN A FUN 15 YEARS), wearing a bra doesn't prevent sagging breasts and may actually increase boob droop. *filling wastebasket with newspaper* What do you say -- let's burn those things, ladies!

Our first results confirm the hypothesis that the bra is a false need," Rouillon told France Info. "Medically, physiologically, anatomically, the breast does not benefit from being deprived of gravity. Instead, it languishes with a bra."


The 15-year study involved 330 volunteers between the ages 18 and 35. Researchers measured their breasts using a slide ruler and a caliper and recorded any changes throughout the study period.

Women who did not wear bras had a 7 millimeter lift as measured from their nipples each year. Their breasts were also firmer, and their stretch marks faded. There was also no evidence that the bras helped get rid of back pain.

The researchers believed that wearing bras prevented the growth of breast tissue, which lead to deterioration of the muscles that support the breasts. If you don't wear a bra, the muscles are worked-out more, the findings suggest.

I mean, I understand there are TIMES when wearing a bra is a good idea, like when you're working out and don't want your titties throwing punches at the people on the treadmills around you. And sometimes for fashion purposes or whatever. Mostly I'm just bitter about those pesky bra clasps. You know how many times I've awkwardly fumbled with those things until the girl wasn't in the mood anymore? EVERY SINGLE ONE. As far as I know lady nips only exist in Photoshopped pictures on the internet.

Thanks to Dave S and candice, who heard the same thing about wieners which is why you should never wear tighty whities.

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  • ChemicalRefugee

    The problem with the study is in that it is far too simplistic.

    There are several different times of life in female humans: infancy, early childhood, pre-puberty, early puberty, mid puberty, young
    post pubescent adulthood, pre-menopausal later adulthood, menopause and post menopausal life.

    Each of these has differences from the others. They all have very different issues in cell growth, epi0genetic states, overall biochemistry, and hormone balance. The skin (and also the elastin, collagen, hormone production, etc) of a 6 year old girl, is not the same as that of a 15 year old girl, which is different at age 25, 35, 45 and 70.

    Each of these time periods has very differnt bodily growth & repair issues, as we;; as very different hormone production patterns. The skin, breast tissue and connective tissue of a 5 year old is different from that of a 15 year old girl, and that is also different from that of a 60 year old or an 80 year old.

    They treated all women in all these ages - as exactly the same and then made very general comments (which where therefore doomed to being highly inaccurate) about ALL women based on information gleaned from women from only one age range (from the period in life when boobs are at their most naturally perky).

    You cannot make any accurate extrapolations regarding the breasts of a 60 year old woman, from information gleaned from ladies aged between 18 and 35.

    Also there are other issues.

    * A woman who hit menopause early will have serious differences from women who did not.

    * A women who lost 100 pounds at one point in life...will have breast shape issues that a women who was thin her whole life (and who never had any kids) will not have.

    * For those women who have lost weight - they can wind up with extra breast skin, giving them an "empty bag" look to their breasts (often with downward pointing nipples). Not wearing in this state, puts more constant gravitational pressure on that extra skin, making it take longer to reabsorb into the body. It is a basic fact of cosmetic surgery that pressure on the tissues (including the skin) makes it GROW which is one method for dealing with baldness. Think about this and about breast skin after weight loss...especially in women who are no longer young and perky...and the effects of gravity over time on UNSUPPORTED breasts (in weight loss) that are then saggy especially in aging women who have low oestrogen and low elastin and collegan.

    ThAT SAID

    I do agree with one other study where they found that younger women (teens and 20s) should NOT wear bras at all until much older, as their internal breast structures (supportive breast structures) are still growing and getting good and strong. They claimed in that study that regular normal movement during youth will strengthen those parts of the breast structure that give it good shape (so they do not droop as much later in life).

    NOT IN THIS STUDY...the people who did it completely failed to look at women who were outside of the 18 to 35 ranger *the majority of female humans). In fact it is those who are older who are most effect by drooping breasts...so why not look at THEM? Unless you already know that you will not get the answer you want if yo DO look at them.

    Hormones levels aid in the perkiness of breasts and in their fullness, as well as in the production of elastin and collagen. No (or very low) oestrogen from hormonal issues (including normal age related menopause) will automatically cause droopier breasts which will also have skin that no longer snaps back into place rapidly.

    I have also seen up close, what the right herbs and.or acupuncture can do for droopy breasts that were caused by early menopause (hormone disruption) or by rapid weight loss. Losing 35 pounds, and then Hormone issues (the start of early menopause) took my wife from a 34G to a 34B (thin and droopy) but a long course of herbs (puraria & comosa & fenugreek) with added bouts of acupuncture - well she is now a steady 34DD, a bit droopy die to being pat 40...but with forward facing nipples & she is able (again) to wear things that MUST be worn braless in order to not look 'just wrong' (and she also looks great in a micro bikini and when she wears a shelf bra, or does the "sheer fashion".. Had we done nothing she would not look anywhere near as good as she does now, AND I also stopped and revered her early menopause.

    When any part of the body has a lot of extra skin (I lost 80 pounds as a male in my 40s) you are then left with extra skin which droops and looks empty. In women's breasts this causes breast sagging. Wearing a bra when you have extra skin from weight loss can HELP get rid of the extra saggy skin. Gravity puling down on those empty breasts will keep the excess skin from absorbing back into the body as fast as it could.

  • Sarah

    Being a size H, it's more comfortable to go without a bra, but ultimately, at that size, it's better for my back (my lower back aches quite a bit without one all day [at that size a woman is basically wearing a heavy backpack on their chest all 24/7]) as well as the 'firmness' of my breasts (compared to days without). It also seems to lower sensitivity and tenderness.

    Ultimately, with all such things from shoes to over-the-shoulder-boulder-holders, it's all dependent on what makes the individual comfortable/happier. One study does not fit all.

  • Chantelle Bryant

    i would say i am totally loving not wearing a bra i they are already firmer after 2 weeks and back pain gone women you have got to try im an awkward shape to buy bras for so i cant give an accurate bra size but when measured in stores its uk 32g but proportionate to my frame not very big so id say as long as you have healthy breasts(eg good nutrition not obese etc) its better to go braless its like freeing them from boob prison

  • ChemicalRefugee

    so long as you are still pre menopausal and have never had a large weight loss...

  • Guest

    *jumps in*

  • Only a man would do a study like this. Every woman who has a C cup or larger will tell you it's incredibly uncomfortable walking around without a bra. No thanks :)

  • Lauren Ours

    Ha! Maybe this is fine for women who are more on the flat chested side, but when you have pretty big boobs, you can't not wear a bra on a regular basis. When I don't wear a bra, I look pretty trashy. No thanks.

  • Harold

    Thank you, science.

  • How about men and underpants ? Should I stop wearing underpants ?

  • vendran

    Boxers are ok.

  • Andrew St. Andrew

    Only a 15 year study? Good thing boobs only have a 15 year shelf life.

  • I like my bras.
    Plus there are some places when excess jiggling is not a good thing.

  • Colorless82

    Yeah but every time I see some african tribe with topless women, ALL their breasts sag and they don't wear bras ever.

  • notrack

    Plus most of those women had children at a very early age. Some as early as 8. That causes extreme sagging.

  • vendran

    african women are starved, with proper nutrition it would be different.

  • Dan Greer

    No need for 15 years of research. Just pick up a National Geographic. Study disproved.

  • notrack

    I think the sagging most likely for the National Geographic women is not from not wearing a bra, but rather that those women had kids at a very early age which causes sagging and had an extreme lack of nutrition which can cause sagging as well.

  • OrehRatiug

    Aren't bras for back support more than "anti-sag powers"?

  • Gloria Suren

    They're 'for back support' if you always wear them, like how cheap foundation is 'for covering the zits'... that you get from always wearing it. Probably 5% of the population needs them for pain reasons...so generally no.

    Ideally both chest and back muscles should be working together. If the chest muscles are atrophied since a bra's always been worn from puberty onwards then yes, the back will need some extra help.

  • OrehRatiug

    Well at least I got an answer, I don't have boobs so I wouldn't know myself!

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