Study says bras make breasts sag
Is your bra doing more harm than good? According to new research from the University of Besancon in France, bras do nothing to reduce back pain and may, in fact, weaken the muscles that hold up the breasts, which can result in greater sagging. The research suggests that bras are not necessary to hold up breasts.
The results were the product of a 15-year study of women aged 18 to 35. The researchers found that women who never wore bras had nipples that were higher on average – roughly seven millimeters higher – in relation to their shoulders than women who wore bras. The study looked at a small sample – 320 young women – and found that when women stop wearing a bra, there was either no deterioration in the orientation of the breasts or there was improvement in the orientation of their breasts.
Despite the results of the study, the authors note that they are not suggesting women throw their bras away. They point out, for instance, that women over 45 would gain no benefit from doing so. The results apply more to younger women.
The study’s authors also cautioned that the findings came from a small sample size and that a much larger sample would be necessary to draw clear conclusions.