Many women wear bras for a variety of reasons. Others prefer not to wear them at all. Whatever your opinion on bras is, here are four things you should know about bras.
1. There Are Many Sizes And Styles
There are bras for seemingly every kind of activity and outfit. Sports bras, bralettes, strapless bras, t-shirt bras and more are all designed for various functions and fashions. There is also a wide variety of bra sizes. For example, Lulalu specializes in bras for small-chested women, while other brands may specialize in bras for women with very large bust sizes or women who are breastfeeding.
2. Wearing Bras Doesn’t Cause Cancer
You may have heard myths about this. Popular versions include stories about wearing bras with underwires or sleeping in bras increasing the risk of cancer development. However, this is simply not true. No type or style of bra has been found to increase or decrease someone’s risk of developing breast cancer.
3. It May Increase Risk Of Certain Skin Conditions
That doesn’t mean bras can’t contribute to the development of health conditions. The main concern for bra-wearers is the fact that the fabric is pressed against the skin in areas of the body that can become moist. If your bra is ill-fitting, has deformations in the underwire or is positioned poorly, it can irritate your skin, forming rashes or blisters. In warmer weather, it may trap excess swear close to your skin, which can cause fungal or yeast infections. These conditions can also increase the risk of skin irritation and conditions such as rashes, itchiness, hives and cracking.
4. The Right Time To Start Wearing Bras Varies
Generally, breast growth begins during the onset of puberty, but the age at which this growth begins varies from person to person. You can expect a girl to start needing the support of a training bra anywhere between the ages of eight and thirteen, with growth rates varying throughout puberty, with the growth of the breasts and the need for different types of bras occurring in stages. The typical progression starts with the breasts budding and then over time getting pointy, then rounding out and getting fuller.
You’re not required to wear a bra, but they can provide many women with the necessary support for their busts. As long as you wear your bra correctly and wear the correct size, wearing a bra won’t impact your overall health.