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Are bras unnecessary?

A new study finds that wearing bras may make breasts sag sooner.

By Kim Anne Apr 15, 2013 5:47PM

Bra // Photo: Oliver Childs/Getty ImagesWhen it comes to supporting the girls, we’ve got just about every kind of bra out there to keep our boobs looking lifted and supple—strapless, sports bras, lifting, padded, lace, special occasion, you name it. It’s one of the first things we put on in the morning and one of the last things we take off at night. But a new study claims we might be wasting our time wearing one. Instead, wearing a bra may actually be causing breasts to sag.

According to Mommylish, a new French study of over 300 women conducted by Jean-Denis Rouillon, a professor at the University of Franche-Comté in Besançon, bras may not be helping our breasts from sagging after all.

”Medically, physiologically, anatomically, the breast does not benefit from being deprived of gravity,” he said. The study took 15 years to complete and found that for each year a woman didn’t wear a bra, they developed lifted, firmer breasts.

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He went on to report the findings that in the long run, it was women who did not wear bras that benefited the most because they developed more muscle tissue to provide natural support. When a woman wears a bra, the restrictive material of it can prevent muscle  tissue from growing, which may then actually lead to accelerated sagging, sooner.

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But do other doctors agree? “On the surface, this claim seems plausible,” says Dr. Stafford Broumand, an NYC-based plastic surgeon, in regards to the theory that breasts can sag due to bra-wearing. “For younger women, not wearing a bra will lead to increased collagen production and elasticity, which improves life in a developing breast. Also, tension on the connective tissue and ligaments supporting the breast can be beneficial to help prevent sagging.”

Tell us: Would you go without a bra?

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Photo: Oliver Childs/Getty Images
Apr 22, 2013 10:47PM
Is a beer bra necessary? I don't know if I want elastic firmer beer... and beer is good for washing hair,  and beer comes in a six pack which divided makes a three pack but if no bra is present would that mean two beers each for the breasts and two left for the male? Or is it two for each breast and two for the hair and none for the man?  Well the real solution is beer. Braless breasts so the bra can carry beer and keep it cool? sure, but underneath clothing? and what about driving a car down the street, even with no open container of beer in the vehicle, Man sees braless, no chest clothing woman and crashes... would that be any different than seeing braless clothed chest ?, would not the man stare harder at what cannot be quite made out vs. what he can readily see?  Well is beer good for bathing breasts? or is Beer good for drinking? Could you wash a bra in beer? Or is beer wasted on the intellect of man. Notice this post might make more sense if you are drinking beer and reading. about braless breasts.
Apr 22, 2013 9:29PM
I knew it was a man who came up with this ridiculous idea. You have to have pendulous breasts in the first place to understand how uncomfortable it is to be with out a bra. Don't  try running for a bus without one unless you're going to hold one in each hand. 
Apr 22, 2013 7:24AM

Would I go without a bra?  that is the question ha ha  only if I have to wear one in public like going to appointments or job interviews otherwise I prefer not to wear those blasting things at all!  I always been like that, I prefer the freedom feel ever since I was a teenager.

Apr 22, 2013 4:42AM

I have gone without a bra since I retired and that would be about 9 years ago, they are so uncomfortable and contribute to me being to hot all the time..  I do wear one whenever I leave the house or when anyone comes over.


Apr 20, 2013 1:24AM
I've known several women whom say that keeping them strapped up loosely when out in public and letting them loose at home is a happy medium that keeps their endowment firm. They get needed exercise , loose bras are more comfortable and they get a little needed support.
What about your back? Spine tilting?You might end up walking like a banana.
Apr 18, 2013 7:43PM
If it's true that wearing a bra may help the breast to become saggy, then how can they explain the saggy breasts that tribal women in Africa and South America always seem to have, even though they never wear bras at all?
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