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  1. Have you ever done any research on natural fibers vs man-made? I just had a random thought last year about my “sensitive” skin and realized that, duh, polyester, etc., make it worse. And as I thought about it, I thought, “that can’t be good in a bra where it’s so close to so much vulnerable tissue!”

  2. Please don’t imply a cause and effect relationship between “length of bra wearing” and risk of breast cancer. I’m sure there are other shared characteristics among women with a higher risk of breast cancer that by themselves to do not predict an increased risk of breast cancer. I also think it is potentially harmful to suggest to your readers who do carry a higher risk of breast cancer (based on known risk factors like first degree relative with breast cancer) that mammograms “may spread the growth of cancerous cells.” Advice to “skip the mammogram” is simply irresponsible and beyond the scope of what you should be writing about.

    • Oh boy, I was waiting to hear this but I sure didn’t think it was going to come less than an hour after I publish this post. But it means this post is going to be popular when the trolls arrive in less than an hour 🙂

      When circumstantial evidence of over 4,600 women and a controlled study points to a drastically higher risk of breast cancer and length of bra wearing, then I certainly believe it should spark reasonable suspicion about a cause and effect relationship! As for the mammograms, I gave important evidence and a safe alternative so my readers can make up their own minds. And I believe that is quite responsible, thankyouverymuch.

        • I agree. Very good article, it should be discussed more often.
          I am 57 years old, I have never had a colonoscopy and have no plans to ever have one, I have had mammograms, every other year since 40 for no reason I can see. I haven’t worn a bra since I was 25 and only occasionally before that. My breasts look better now then when i was young. I do not understand our societies odd thoughts about breasts in fhe first place. What is with the blurred nipples even on shows where they are discussing reconstruction and things, as if they are not to be seen or are obscene.
          I learned a long time ago that you have to take control of your own health, you can say no to anything a doctor suggests. I have plenty. If they have a problem with that, I can find a different doctor, but I have found if I have good reasons for what I disagreeing with they listen to me.
          And as far as bras or cami’s, Genie makes a nice product.

      • If someone wants to find out more about mamograms, they can read the late Dr. John Lee book series titled “what your doctor may not tell you about…” one on Menopuase and one on Breast cancer reveal many truths and facts regarding mamograms……..I have found all his information spot on, so have my couple of friends who have survived diagnosed breast cancer without the conventional treatments and will not do mamograms but rather thermograms (more accurate and detects sooner). Check out the books at the library…..I could go on how with fibristic breasts I followed Dr,. Jon Lee’s protocol to find relief and healing:-)

      • No. That is an irresponsible conclusion. If you had any background in research, you would know better. There are likely many variables at work here. For example, women who wear their bras longer may well be in business where they are required to do things like dry clean their suits that they wear all day. You cannot come to this conclusion based on that one study. Further, the bra you show in the picture above for large breasted women is an absolute joke whether or not it has wires. No support whatsoever. Nice for you that you are small breasted. I’m glad you are blessed that way, but no wire means no support if you’re above a C cup.

    • I know a number of conventional medical professionals who confirm that invasive cancer screening procedures, such as mammograms, do in fact increase the risk for the diseases the procedures test for. Why don’t more medical professionals tell us this? Because cancer screening and treatment brings millions of dollars to them!

  3. The idea of removing the underwire is BRILLIANT! I don’t know why I’ve never thought of that before (doh!). I stopped wearing bras back in May (after reading that French study, oui, oui), but I do wear bralettes in public still. Now I can still use those old bras in the back of my drawers.

  4. Seriously, I could freaking kiss you!

    I hate (like, HATE) bras. I really do. I refer to them as “medieval torture devices” and rip them off every chance I get. But, you see, I’m a well-endowed woman. I’m built less like a supermodel and more like a superhero. I dig it. It works for me. And I’m totally fine with wearing nothing at home. But when you’re this size, sometimes the bounce is too much. I actually have to hold myself still when I’m braless and running up a flight of stairs for fear of a black eye – much to the amusement of anyone in my house at the time. 😀

    But I was having the hardest time finding decent wirefree bras in my size. Bra makers seem convinced you can only go wirefree if you’re an A cup, I swear. And the few I did find, not comfortable.

    Then I read this and I’m all “OF COURSE! I could just take the underwire out! Duh!” God knows it pops out often enough on its own. So I just ripped the underwire out of a bunch of my bras and I’m in love. This does not feel like a medieval torture device. At all. I can BREATHE!

    Interestingly, as I was doing this, I flashed back on a memory of a handful of years ago when I had a lump scare. Doctor found it. Sent me for an ultrasound. Turned out to be a hormonal cyst. (Which, ladies, if this happens to you – don’t panic. Ultrasound tech and doctor both told me that almost 99.99999% of the time it’s just a cyst.) But what I’m finding interesting about this is… I had two… matching… one on each side near-ish my armpit… right where the underwire would hit me. Now this has me wondering if that had anything to do with it. Hrm. Of course, I could never prove it, but it’s interesting to think about.

    Anywho, thanks for posting this. Lots of love from me!

    – DS

    • DS,
      You are absolutely correct, I could KISS HER TOO!
      For a while now I have wondered if my bras could be causing pain on the side of my breasts, and now I have a concrete answer! Recently I bought 2 new under-wire bras (AKA BRAS FROM HELL NOW). As of tomorrow I am tearing out ALL of my wires!
      Thanks for the post! I ABSOLUTELY NEEDED THIS!
      -C

    • Supportive bras without underwire are readily available in large sizes. I buy 44F bras at Walmart. They are made by Playtex and I can get them in several styles. Even larger sizes are available on Playtex’s website.

    • I had the same kind of lumps, even had one removed way back before they could tell what it was, my first one, I was age 26, so I have had to get mammograms a lot over the years, but both times I had lumps, they were not cancer and just the cysts. I also wore underwires until about a month ago. I got tired of the underwire poking me and decided to give them up. This article really makes a lot of sense to me and underwires could be the reason I had lumps too!!!!!

  5. This post hits close to home since I have a close friend who had both breasts removed due to Cancer and it was touch and go for a while. Thankfully she is Cancer free now and enjoying life. We need informative articles that get us thinking out of the box. There are alternatives to everything and we shouldn’t be so gullible in fallowing every trend. Thanks!

  6. I had an inexperience radiologist x-ray each breast 2-3 times each because she couldn’t get the angle or picture she wanted. I felt sick after that and knew while she was doing it, it was just wrong. But I didn’t stop her and I did nothing. However, I vowed since to never go back for another mammogram and if I ever develop breast cancer, I will know the source that gave it to me “radiation”!!!!

  7. I use Coobie bras and I love them! When I got pregnant I couldn’t wear underwires anymore because they dug into my ribs as my belly grew, my breasts grew out of the ones I had anyway, AND they were just plain uncomfortable. I bought nursing bras similar to the Coobie in concept, made of the same material and I was super comfortable all throughout my pregnancy. I did sleep with them on, especially when breastfeeding simply because I’d leak and had to wear pads and my breasts felt heavy and full all the time and the bras just made them more…manageable. I wore non-underwire cup bras during the day while I breastfed, but they never got comfortable for me, even over time. Then I heard of the Coobie through Wellness Mama, so I bought a few and haven’t looked back since.

    Sometimes, I’m not entirely pleased with the fact that I can’t accomplish that cup look with these bras, and being a larger breasted gal I just barely fit the style with the thin adjustable straps, which dig into my shoulders. But, those two things aside I love them and when I buy more I’ll likely try the style that has wider shoulder straps.

    Oh! And I also read or heard somewhere that breastfeeding reduces the risk of breast cancer as well. I’m sure there are sources out there worth googling on that.

  8. This is such a great post, thank you for sharing. I am well endowed and worried about taking the under wire out of my bras but they still work just as good! Which is great because i have a bunch of older bras that I stopped wearing because the under wire started to poke out, so I’ve just pulled them all out 🙂

  9. Those crystal deodorants there is a link to are not aluminum free – we need to read ingredients carefully because they can be sneaky. It is a different type of aluminum. Always check ingredients on ewg.org. The best deodorant I have found is called “Nourish – Organic Deodorant”. Or you can easily make your own from coconut oil and essential oils. In fact, on many days I just take 2 drops of essential oils (lavender is my favorite), rub between hands, then under armpits.

    • The crystal deodorant contains minerals salts and ammonium alum, so it is aluminum free and safe. It has a 0-1 rating on ewg.org. But yes, homemade deodorants are also great options! I often use essential oil as deodorant, too! My favorite is geranium oil.

      • I think there may be safe crystal deoderants, but I read (on Mercola?) that amonium alum is another form of aluminum. They advertise being free of aluminum chlorohydrate but that’s not the only kind.
        I am quite well endowed (especially nursing and pregnant) and know there’s also a HUGE difference made when a bra fits properly. When it fits properly, the underwire doesn’t touch your breast tissue at all. Getting fitted at expensive department stores can change your life! (Even if you don’t buy there 😉 However, I love the idea of taking the wire out because I’m guessing it wouldn’t make too much of a difference if the bra fits and supports you perfectly.

  10. I wish not wearing a wire was possible for me. Unfortunately with 36H breasts, it’s almost impossible to find a bra at all, let alone one that meets all these criteria. 🙁

    • I’m a 40G, and the best wireless bra I’ve found is the Elila 1803. It lifts and separates – the first time you wear it, the side boning will hurt like crazy, but after the first time, it ends up bending to your shape. I’ve worried that the side boning is unhealthy just as an underwire would be. It could be removed I suppose, but I haven’t tried to remove it. It doesn’t seem to bother me: http://www.herroom.com/elila-1803-molded-softcup-spacer-bra.shtml

      However, the lining on this bra is a bit thin (I suffer from the “room is always cold” syndrome…haha), so I add Wacoal No Peek Pads: http://www.herroom.com/wacoal-85999-no-peek-pads.shtml

      They don’t quite do the job with certain fabrics (I have nips of steel apparently), so I’m currently trying to find another solution…perhaps kevlar?!

      I’ve never been able to wear underwire bras. In high school, I remember half way through the day, I would be in so much pain under my left breast. There was a large, long lump under that breast that I would massage to try to relieve the pain, but nothing helped. The pain would go away over night, but once I put a bra on for a couple of hours, it would start hurting again. So, I stopped wearing underwire bras, and it went away 🙂 That was 15 years ago!

  11. Wow! Thank you for this great information! I have always bought underwire bras and now I know that I should stick to the more comfortable ones without the wires! Darn!! 🙂 I appreciate you posting this amazing information!

  12. Taking out the wires is such a brilliant idea! Why have I never thought of that?? Well, I happen to have a nice bra with a wire poking out. And for reasons I can’t explain, I’ve been resisting throwing it away for the past 6 months, because…you know…it’s nice. Even if I can’t wear it.

    I have very large breasts (thank you German genes) and tend to special order my bras. I wear a 32H (purchased from Bravissimo for all you well endowed ladies: they are cute, supportive bras in large sizes for good prices; and no I don’t work for them, I just prefer not looking like I stole my grandma’s bra when I’m naked). Most wireless bras either don’t support my girls or give me a uni-boob. So I decided to experiment with the broken bra. I took the evil, poking wire out and put the bra on (one wire, one not), the wireless boob was a bit more horizontal and slightly higher than the wired one (which was going more out from my chest, parallel to the floor). So now both wires out and I’m wearing it around the apartment. No uni-boob and breast still up and perky looking. I might be less likely to run for the bus like this, but for my office job, it’d be great!

    Thanks for the brilliant idea! You saved my boobs and a very nice broken bra 🙂

  13. I’m a C cup so I’m not too well endowed lol, but my concern with going bra-less is showing through my shirts. I have some wireless bras, but instead of supporting me, the bottom part of the bra kind of folds under and the bra droops, if that makes any sense. Does someone have any advice for a healthy alternative for longer breasts? (I’m nursing btw)

  14. As I was reading the article, my hands independently undid my bra, ripped it out from under my shirt, and threw it on the floor. Guess there’s a part of me that doesn’t need to be told twice, haha!

    Just took out the underwire on an old bra, but it’s not laying quite right–probably because I’ve never found a size that feels even close to my actual breast shape and spacing. (Small boobs, broad chest–but who made up our boob-standardization system anyway?!) Feels like a great reason to go get some cute lacy bralettes, and just wear my T-shirt as I’m doing it 🙂

  15. I agree! Underwire bras are a TRIPLE THREAT:
    1. impeded lymph flow, as you discussed
    2. exposure to heavy metals, especially BAD in an area with sweat glands
    3. they can act as antennae, attracting electro magnetic radiation (EMFs) to the breast area from all the cell towers, WiFi, cordless phones, Smart meters, etc. that surround us

    It’s also important to find a bra that does not bind, and that has stretchiness in the band that goes underneath the breasts. When I have up underwire bras, I tried Coobies and similar ones like the Genie bra, but frankly they made me look like a frumpy uniboob, and they did not contain me if I did anything that involved bending over (like gardening, housework, general living).

    I finally found one that is shapely and doesn’t bunch and squinch — the Playtex WireFree Bras, available at Target and other places. They are made of all stretchy material and come in beige and fun colors like hot pink. Bali makes a similar one.

    One last thing: adequate iodine is important for breast health. I like to use a special kind called EnerG Iodine.

  16. I read a similar blog post on Cheeseslave some time back…..and I was thrilled to have an excuse to get rid of my bra. My problem is small breasts and the fact that I look like a ten year old boy without a bra. I just chose to wear one when I am out in public and go braless at home.

    • Jessica, my problem is people think I’m vulgar if I walk around with no bra, because mine are so big. I envy all the women who are small-breasted and don’t (have to) wear bras publicly. Also, there are physical issues with being active and being large (pain, and black eye as mentioned above).

  17. Absolutely, ditch the bra. I haven’t worn a bra in 10 years because they suffocated my breasts. Every time I took off my bra my breasts felt like a ton because of all the blood suddenly rushing into my breasts. Bras impair the coopers ligament from doing its job. My solution: I buy a cotton bra, 1-2 sizes smaller, take out the under wire, cut off the sides and straps so that I only have the cups and a bit of the sides left. Then I pin the bra to my blouses. In the summer I wear blouses with breast pockets so the safety pin won’t show. In cooler weather I pin the bra to my undershirts. At home I go bra-less. I am 58 and my breasts are purkey. C-cup. I had one mammogram 15 years ago and will NEVER have another, so painful how they squeezed my breasts into that machine. I don’t use deodorant either.

  18. This doesn’t make sense: “Further, one controlled study found that bra wearers had twice the risk of breast cancer compared with bra users.”
    What’s the difference between a bra wearer and a bra user?

  19. I’m confused. The studies didn’t seem to differentiate between bras with underwires and those without. So according to the studies then non-underwire bras and training bras (I guess they’re called bralettes now) are bad too?

    What I’d really like to know is how safe are training bras to wear at night.

    • The less constriction on all parts of your body at night, the better. That especially includes your breasts and underwear region, but also sock area and every part. The body does best when it’s not bound. If binding prevents lymph from movement in the breasts, it stands to reason it would do the same everywhere else. Let your body relax when sleeping, and wear as little as possible.

  20. For young people that still want cute bras, I have switched over to wearing ‘triangle bras’ and ‘bralettes’, even popular places like Victoria’s Secret sell them. I am also not that well endowed (C cup), but I have found that some of the thinnest bras seem to actually look the best because they don’t squish my breasts into an unnatural shape.

  21. I’m not so sure that advising women to not get a mammogram is a good idea.
    There are risks with every type of health care that we get. People forget that even the every day medications that they take can have an impact on their health in the long run.
    Yes there may be a risk with mammograms, but there is also a risk with radiotherapy in the treatment of cancer. The same radiation they use to reduce the amount of cancerous tissue is the same radiation that can cause it, however it is well known to significantly reduce the number of tumors and cancerous cells. It is difficult enough to know what to do for your health sometimes, as the media and government will bombard you with “Do’s and don’t’s” that change sometimes week by week. i.e. drinking the occasional glass of wine whilst pregnant still causes controversy and confusion among women. However, as we age as women we are all at a risk of developing break cancer. I have studied it on a basic nursing level and it almost seems “we are damned if we do and damned if we don’t.” Pretty much everything we do, from our diet, to exercise, to the type of deodorant we use, to treatment of breast cancer, to whether or not we are on contraception, to being pregnant, even not being pregnant increases our risk of developing breast cancer. Putting people off getting screening might leave out a person who is unknowingly suffering from breast cancer and maybe asymptomatic. The earlier the diagnosis the more effective the treatment. I understand that there are false negative/positive results, but there are false negative/positive results for a lot of tests that diagnose various conditions and situations.
    Encouraging mammograms in women over 50 is encouraging women to know the signs of breast cancer and allowing them to take an active role and taking responsibility for their own health and well being, it is also a method of health promotion.
    Again I appreciate that there are risks but surely there are risks with everything we do, is it not better to get checked annually to be sure?
    I am from the UK so maybe there are different protocols in different countries and hospitals in those countries for treatment and diagnosis.
    I’m not trying to argue I’m just looking at it from another perspective. Again I emphasize I am looking at this from studying at a basic nursing level so I would be open to suggestions if anyone has a furthered knowledge in this area.

  22. So, about removing the underwire: You can only realistically get away with that in a “full frame” bra, i.e. one that has material and elastic below the cups, rather than ending at the underwire line below the cups. Most bras these days are “frame-less” or “partial band”, so most of your existing bras probably won’t work. You can Google “partial band bra” and “full band bra” for pictures, if that’s helpful.

    (I sew my own bras, which is why I know this–always an option if you’re patient and determined!)

  23. also: for the well-endowed out there: There are bras out there with plastic underwires (I believe they’re usually marketed at breast cancer survivors). The plastic eliminates the metal concerns and is also more flexible than the metal kind, so you get a compromise in terms of support/comfort vs. cutting off circulation and lymph flow.

    Nearly everybody has a hard time finding bras that fit, large and small breasted, but I would say anytime a bra is causing pain or discomfort, it should be retired. Pain is telling you something, and it’s not that your breasts are wrong–the bra is wrong!

  24. Hello Lauren,
    Just discovered your site today – honestly my heart just leaped with joy after reading a few of yours posts. Your site is a blessing. It is very encouraging to read about your healing journey. I have a friend who suffers much like you do and is on thousands of dollars of medication just to combat it. It is my hope that one day he will be able to embark on a GAPS diet and be on the road to recovery. Also- you are totally not alone with suffering from hair loss. I have recently gone off using topical steroids and one of the nasty side effects of withdrawal is that my hair has turned baby fine with a receding hairline and numerous balding spots. Unfortunately I exacerbated the situation by applying apple cider vinegar to my hair for the past week and it made it even finer! I didn’t realize that using it more than once a week would do that. I would really like to try your raw honey shampoo eventually once it gets a bit stronger.

    This post was very informative, Definitely going to be looking into making my own deodorant from now on as well as buying wireless bras. Those statistics are quite shocking!

    Thank you so much for your site Lauren. You are such a blessing to the online community.

    Cheers, from your sister in Christ.

  25. Great article! But you forgot to mention *breastfeeding* as a way to reduce the risk of breast cancer. Many researchers speculate breastfeeding completes the life cycle of the breast cells thereby reducing the likliehood of abnormal cell growth. But from the comments it sounds like a lot of your readers are already on top of this;-)

  26. There’s some good stuff in here – but I also found myself wondering about the amount of bra wearing as a risk factor for breast cancer . . . . isn’t it more likely that something in the environment makes a woman more likely to wear a bra and also have an increased risk for cancer? It’s the whole shark attacks go up with ice cream consumption so ice cream thing. Correlation does not equal causation.

    Isn’t it equally if not more likely that busty women (D cups and above) are more likely to wear underwire bras and are for a longer period of time – but they’re already at higher risk for breast cancer because of their breast size, regardless of their bra wearing habits?

    That said – I liked the bit about massaging your breasts – that has some recent research to support it as well. Regular breast squeezing does lower your risk of dying from breast cancer – whether it’s because you’re more likely to catch a lump early on if you (or someone else) is feeling you up on a regular basis and/or because you’re circulating your lymph and encouraging healthy blood flow I don’t know – but it’s worth doing.

    I’m a very busty girl and frankly, I’m never going to give up underwire bras – because otherwise my boobs would be down by my hips – and all the way to my knees by the time I’m old and my collagen just doesn’t repair like it used to. I hope that massage and real foods and natural health and hygiene products will help me avoid adding more to my risk than I already have from just being a busty girl though.

  27. Great post! I will definitely be sharing this!

    A great place to look for information on toxins in your environment is the Environmental Working Group (www.ewg.org). They also have a great site on skin care/beauty products (www.ewg.org/skindeep).

    Thanks again!
    ~Emily

  28. Hi Lauren! We, the ladies in my family, have never worn under wire bras….and I know that bras in general are not really good for your overall health, as you pointed out. I would be perfectly fine with not wearing a bra at all, but instead an alternative like those “stretchy tops” as I call them. But my only problem with those, is well…”headlights”. I don’t wear a bra to prevent bounce, I wear a bra to conceal what the whole world shouldn’t be seeing. I know some ladies don’t care, but I do. I have a hard enough time finding bras that conceal…do you know of anyplace where one can buy concealing non-bra underclothes?
    Thanks!

    • Katherine: I have found some camisoles with build in “Shelf bras” (no underwirs) that give minimal support, but prevent headlights when it is cold. I found some at Kohls recently. I often like wearing thin stretchy camisole for modesty reasons. These camisoles with built in shelf bras, are also warmer in the winter. An extra layer is always good in the cold.

      I hope this helps!

      link to a sample of shelf bra camisole at Kohls. http://www.kohls.com/product/prd-1542540/sonoma-life-style-everyday-camisole.jsp

      I’m sure other stores have these too, I just saw them at Kohls most recently.

      • Thanks Clara…If these are similar to the camisole’s that I already have, they still might not “cover” so to speak. But I might look at them next time I’m in Kohls anyway! Thanks again! 🙂

    • Hi again, I find that the cami’s and bras offered by Geni to be wonderful for me, who detests bras in general, so don’t have the bras, but the cami’s were more then I expected. I was very pleased. They have removabel pads, which I took out immediately, but can see I could use them if I would have a top on that would be form fitting. They shape me wonderfully, I would put my size to be in the range of 36 B to C. I don’t feel flattened at all. I bought size L. If I had to say what the issue is with the product is that people underestimate their size and buy too small.
      I have never liked shelf bras. Not sure whose body they are made for, but I would usually have the band up around my armpit instead of under the breasts. I am long waisted. Had the same issue with one piece bathsuits.

      • Thanks Sally! I found one of the theses cami’s and I really like it, it was just what I was looking for…only I can’t quite figure out what size exactly I need…it is a XL, but it slips upwards when I wear it, making it uncomfortable, I presume that means it is too small. I am probably about a 36 or 38 D…and I can’t decide if I should purchase the 1 or 2 X. Would you have any suggestions? Thanks again…

  29. Great article… I love when I get to practice thinking for myself. 😉

    I learned in massage therapy school several years ago (8-10 years ago) about the dangers of underwires, and the benefits of self massage for your breasts and lymphatic drainage. I recently, about 2 years ago, discovered some underwire-less brass at Victoria’s secret of all places. I bought three and have been wearing them out. They cotton and very comfortable.

    I will remove the underwire from some of my old bras and see how that goes. Years ago, I actually began developing calluses at the edge, where the underwire hit my underarm/side of my breast. They are now gone. 🙂

    I like the idea of going bra-less at home too. I’m sure my hubby will appreciate that. 😉
    Thanks for this information!

  30. I’ve always detested bras and so never wear one when at home. I live alone though, so not really an issue. Even if I did live with someone, I’d wear something loose so it wouldn’t be too weird. I do wear underwire when out and about, but it comes off the second I get home. I may look for a non-underwire bra, but really, for the amount of time that its on me it shouldn’t be that big of a deal. I work at home a lot too, so its easy for me.

  31. I should also mention that living a life (mostly) without a bra for many many years has taken its toll. I’m on the larger side, and at 51, they are quite stretched out. Its not true that going braless makes the ligaments stronger. Quite the opposite. Think of the women you see in National Geographic Magazine with their long droopy breasts. Yup, its more like that.

  32. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/08/01/vitamin-d-for-breast-cancer.aspx

    I wish you would add this to your list. Women could reduce their risk of breast cancer by HUGE percentages if they had optimum vitamin D levels. Some experts are saying as much as 77%, but even if it is less than that, it is still a very large reduction in risk. You can get out in the sun or take supplements of Vit D3 (very inexpensive). Have your levels tested to make sure you are getting enough.

  33. Great article. I went bra-free last year and I LOVE IT! (and so does my husband 😉 Two noteworthy things that were not in this post are hormonal contraceptives and breast thermography. Hormonal contraceptives are very much associated with breast cancer (something like your chance of breast cancer goes up 80% if you are on the pill), and women would be wise to avoid these deadly pharmaceuticals. Breast thermography is a much safer alternative to mammograms when it comes to checking out the breast tissue.

  34. Hi there! Where is the information from your above mentioned studies coming from? When I click on the link to the studies I am only led to the abstracts, not the complete studies. I noticed of the first study you mentioned that women who wore bras longer/more often were more likely to develop breast cancer. From the abstract I was linked to, this is presenting the information falsely. The study stated that postmenopausal women who did not wear a bra often were less likely to develop breast cancer because, more than likely, they were thinner and, possibly, had less breast tissue. The study further states, “Among bra users, larger cup size was associated with an increased risk of breast cancer (P about 0.026), although the association was found only among postmenopausal women and was accounted for, in part, by obesity.” The first study concludes their abstract with, ” These data suggest that bra cup size (and conceivably mammary gland size) may be a risk factor for breast cancer.” I absolutely love the PubMed directory for further research on a topic but presenting the information biasedly or with a skewed perception is misleading.

    • Absolutely, this study didn’t control the variable of breast size. There isn’t a study currently that controls enough variables to show a causation of cancer from bras. But this study shows that there is a correlation, although it correlates also with breast size. The verdict from the abstract regarding the reduced risk of cancer in the non-bra wearers was that it was “possibly” due to weight and breast size.

  35. Hi! I’ve read this post with great interest. However if this braless lifestyle 🙂 is so great for breast then why do everybody have in mind African women with oh so long! breasts when thinking about not wearing a bra?
    Best Regards,
    Kate

  36. I don’t think thermography’s should be the only screening tool. I went that route, started with a T2 reading, then a year later I got a T3 and 4 months later a T4 (in one breast). I panicked and ran to get the mammogram. Was clear, but still wasn’t convinced. Got an ultrasound. It was clear also.

    T4 reading states you have a 65-85% chance of having cancer.

    Having the other 2 tests done gave me some relief but do I still worry about that thermography reading, of course I do a little. But in the end, thermographers will just send you off to get conventional screening. I read SO much about thermography’s and fda and cancer.org says they have high false positive rates as well.

    Next year I’m going straight to get an MRI and forget all these other tests. In the meantime, I’m just trying to be the healthiest person I can be.

  37. I read this post in April and decided to go braless. I was a little hesitant at first, because while my boobs aren’t particularly big, they’re not small (32D), and I thought for sure people would notice.
    Turns out no one did!
    After a week or two of going braless, I tried running braless. Normally, this would’ve been uncomfortable, but if you let your body do the work supporting itself, it will get more comfortable. It’s the same idea as minimalist shoes.
    After three months of this (along with massaging at night), I haven’t noticed any sagging. If anything, they have a rounder, perkier shape than before.
    The only problem I’ve had has an easy fix: if you’re going to be exposed to cold, simply use some cloth medical tape to tape your nipples down, and they won’t show. This works even with a sheer top.

  38. I agree, more women need to know that there are healthier options available. One brand that I can suggest is ‘Happy Fox’. This brand, does not use any harmful dye materials, no wire bra’s, toxic free, and affordable. The main materials are bamboo fibre and pearl powder, which gives a luxurious feel and possess anti bacterial properties. In 2015 it became the only designated anti cancer brand, please check it out.

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