The moment a girl buys a bra for the first time, she is unknowingly embarking on a lifelong quest to seek plump and perky boobs.
Ask pretty much any woman, and she’ll tell you she wishes her boobs were smaller, bigger, more toned, less saggy — the list goes on and on. From stuffing your cups with tissue to buying Bombshell bras at Victoria’s Secret, women are always finding new ways to enhance their chest.
In an effort to attain and maintain the “perfect” bosom, some women swear by wearing bras all the time — even while sleeping — to avoid saggy breasts when older.
Other women swear by going completely braless to keep their girls looking youthful.
So which one is it? "To bra or not to bra? That is the question."
The answer might just lie in a research study conducted in France.
Jean-Denis Roullion, a professor at the University of Franche-Comté, conducted a 15 year study on the effects of bras on women’s breasts. The study found that there were no perceivable benefits to wearing a bra.
According to Roullion, “Medically, physiologically, anatomically, the breast does not benefit from being deprived of gravity.”
In fact, the study also found that not wearing a bra actually made women’s breasts stronger and perkier. Participants who went braless for the 15 years showed more muscle tissue growth — AKA natural support.
An added bonus: all that supporting breast tissue makes for more alert boobs. The nipples of the braless participants were lifted an average of 7mm higher those bra-ing it up every day.
It turns out all those years of wearing bras could make your breasts saggier in the long run. Becoming too dependent on bras could actually lead to a lack of collagen production and elasticity.
"Supporting tissues will not grow and even they will wither and the breast will gradually degrade," Roullion said.
So what’s the verdict?
Well, for now the jury’s still out. Even though this particular study’s findings were clear, more scientific studies will need to be done in order to reach a relevant sample size that is representative of the whole bra-wearing population.
What matters most is that you do whatever makes you comfortable and works with your individual breasts and lifestyle needs.
Why not give your boobs a vacation and try going braless one or two days a week?
If your boobs love it, you can toss your bras for good!
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