Lingerie matters! A simple, ill-fitting bra can cause a number of health hazards. Find out how!

Women love shopping, especially when it comes to picking up lingerie. We often go by the look and fashion quotient associated with lingerie but what we fail to realize is that, the errors we make whilst picking out lingerie for ourselves, can have some serious effects on our bodies. Read to know more about it.

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1 What’s in a bra?

It’s a garment worn by almost every single woman that exists. The stigma attached to discussing this without feeling queasy has to be gotten rid of for starters. Women disregard the ritual of buying lingerie carefully, so much so, that they end up buying ill-fitting garments.

The importance of wearing lingerie that fits well is not realized by many. In many countries, most women wear lingerie of a size that’s simply a rough estimate made by either the lingerie salesperson or their mothers or whoever. Right from puberty, the idea of being measured for a bra fitting is instilled in our heads as something a normal person wouldn’t do. This attitude definitely must change.

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As per the statistics, around 80% of women all over actually do not wear the accurate bra size.

What's in a bra?

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2 The downsides of lingerie that doesn’t fit

Dr. Hans-ulrich Krüger, a physician and consultant of an international lingerie brand stated that wearing the wrong lingerie size – be it too loose or tight – can lead to tension across shoulders, arm and neck, headaches, cervical spine problems and also back pain in the lower spinal region.

Bra straps that are narrow, or don’t fit well can cut into your skin and or put strain on the trapezius muscle and other structures of the shoulder joint. Bras shouldn’t cause any skin problems in the under-bust region and should allow free movement of your shoulder blade area.

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The downsides of lingerie that doesn't fit

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Ill-fitting lingerie can deform your body in the long run and seriously affect your posture. Since women have extra weight in the chest area, we have to balance it out with gravity. A bra that offers proper support will minimize the chances of back pain. If a woman is hunching forward and has a curved back, the trapezius stretches and can cause back pain, which in turn triggers headaches and stomach aches.

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3 Can an ill-fitting bra cause cancer?

It is said that the underwire of the bras have the potential to induce cancer in women’s bodies. The external pressure that a bra puts actually constricts the lymphatic vessels and may create hindrance in the proper draining of the breast tissue, which can lead to accumulation of fluid in the breast. But it is said that this applies only in ‘extreme’ cases and that mere pressure applied to a particular area cannot make it cancerous.

Can an ill-fitting bra cause cancer?

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4 Salient features of that perfect fitting bra

A well-fitting bra not only feels good and comfortable, but also prevents so many health problems that you really don’t have the time to tend to. Ladies, perform this quick test to check whether you’re wearing the right size or not.

  • Lift your arms up to see whether the under-band is riding up or not. It must fit firmly around your body and not slide around. If it does, your bra is too loose. The under-band offers around 80% of the total support to the breasts.
  • The shoulder straps provide only 20% of the support. Check whether these straps are digging into your shoulders. If they are, it’s likely that you’ve tightened them up to make up for the lack of tightness around the under-band. In this case, the back-strap of your bra will be situated one level higher than the place where it ought to be.
Salient features of that perfect fitting bra

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  • The center fold must lie flat across your chest. In case it’s hovering over your chest, you might have picked out the wrong cup size.
  • The shoulder straps must be parallel at the back. If not, then that’s a result of overstretching, meaning again that your bra band is too small.

If your bra fails this test, it is strongly recommended that you get your bra size measured. Or better still, go on to YouTube, where they have plenty of tutorials on how to measure your bra size at home with just some measuring tape, if it helps save you from the embarrassment. But measuring your bra size at home may not be the best and most accurate way to do it. It is best to let a specialist help you out.

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