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Saggy Boobs?

Posted by on Apr. 11, 2013 at 10:11 AM
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Think you could toss your bras?

http://www.counselheal.com/articles/4852/20130411/bras-make-breasts-saggier-15-year-french-study-reveals.htm

Bras Make Breasts "Saggier", 15-year French Study Reveals

Update Date: Apr 11, 2013 06:45 AM EDT
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Women who took off their bras for good experienced a 7mm lift in their nipples each year they didn’t wear a bra. Researchers also found that bra-less women developed firmer breasts and saw their stretch marks fade. (Photo : Ilya Naymushin/Reuters)

Women have long been told that a good bra can help support the chest, relieve back pain and prevent sagging.  However, a new 15-year French study reveals the opposite: bras do little to reduce back pain and, over time, they can actually make breasts sag even more.

Researcher Prof. Jean-Denis Rouillon, a sports science expert from the University of Besançon in eastern France claims that "bras are a false necessity," according to The Local.

"Medically, physiologically, anatomically - breasts gain no benefit from being denied gravity," said Rouillon. "On the contrary, they get saggier with a bra."

Rouillon and his team spent years measuring the changes in the breasts of 330 women using a simple slide rule and caliper at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire (University Hospital) in Besançon, where he carried out his research.

He found that no evidence that bras helped ease back pain. Instead, he found that the chest supports could even add to the problem.

According to The Connexion, the findings suggest that breasts would gain more tone and support themselves if no bra was used.  Researchers explain that bras limit the growth of supporting breast tissues, leaving the breast to wither and degrade more quickly.

The study found that women who took off their bras for good experienced a 7mm lift in their nipples each year they didn't wear a bra.  Researchers also found that bra-less women developed firmer breasts and saw their stretch marks fade.

Some of the women who took part in Rouillon's study toldFrance Info that not wearing a bra helped ease their back pains.

Capucine, a 28-year-old participant in Rouillon's study, swears by the results and hasn't worn a bra for two years.

"There are multiple benefits: I breathe more easily, I carry myself better, and I have less back pain," Capucine said, according to France Info.

However, Rouillon says the findings do not mean all women should throw away their bras.

"It would be dangerous to advise all women to stop wearing their soutien-gorge as the women involved were not a representative sample of the population," Rouillon said, according to The Connexion.

While his initial results "validated the hypothesis that the bra is a false 'need'," he says that women who have been wearing bras for a long time would not gain any benefit from stopping now.

 Sexy If its unladylike, fattening or fun, I'm in!
  

by on Apr. 11, 2013 at 10:11 AM
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jehosoba84
by Jenn on Apr. 11, 2013 at 10:14 AM
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 That's it...they're all goin in trash!!

Woodbabe
by Woodie on Apr. 11, 2013 at 10:17 AM
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*has fears of carpet rug burns on my nips*

punky3175
by on Apr. 11, 2013 at 10:18 AM
Sorry - I'm not testing this theory. I like my support. I do wonder the size of the women involved in this study. I think he (the guy who did this study) just wants to see braless women wondering around.
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Erinelizz
by Bronze Member on Apr. 11, 2013 at 10:19 AM
I wear bras because my boobs are too little. I need the added, um, shape. Sagging, support, and back pain aren't really an issue for my little girls, so I think I'll keep wearing my bras.
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kidlover2
by Bronze Member on Apr. 11, 2013 at 10:20 AM
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Ehh... When I don't wear a bra and go running, I can feel the sag happening. And National Geographic pictures would support the bra wearing evidence.
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NWP
by guerrilla girl on Apr. 11, 2013 at 10:23 AM
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If I had read this in my early 20s I may have tested it.... As it is now I am in the too far gone category
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N_maricle
by Member on Apr. 11, 2013 at 10:47 AM

Ever since my kids, they hang down on my rib cage and it gets sweat and nasty feeling.... How do you deal with that?

momtoscott
by Platinum Member on Apr. 11, 2013 at 10:50 AM
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I think old issues of National Geographic show a far, far different outcome than this article promises.  

smalltowngal
by Platinum Member on Apr. 11, 2013 at 10:58 AM

My husband will like this study. He calls bras "nasty things" and hates when I wear one. I'm small enough that I can go braless a lot. 

SLTmom
by Silver Member on Apr. 11, 2013 at 11:03 AM
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After nursing four kids, these things are like old tube socks.  Bras are my friend.

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