Potential health risks due to an ill-fitting Bra

The Straits Times Urban reported that  8 out of 10 women wear the wrong bra. You could be one of them, here is why you should be concerned.

Research by the University of Portsmouth has found that wearing the wrong bra can irreparably stretch fragile ligaments and damage the breast.

An ill-fitting bra can cause a myriad of problems for the wearer, including:

  • Pain to the back, neck and shoulder

  • Red marks and irritation over the shoulder and chest

  • Breathing problems

  • Skin Problems

  • Circulatory problems

A bad fit can also lead to problems that perpetuate muscle pains. The British School of Osteopathy found that ill-fitting bras might cause breathing difficulties, irritable bowel syndrome (constipation) and digestive problems because of the constriction of the ribcage.

Recent research has also uncovered the connection between bras and cancer. While bras do not cause breast cancer per se, ill fitting, tight bras aggravate the problems associated with breast cancer and help cancer growth (Singer & Grismaijer, 1995). The main reason why bras, especially tight bras, are detrimental to breast health is because they restrict the lymph flow in the breasts, leading to possible toxin accumulation and cancer growth.