Bras make your breasts sag, one controversial study claims, and wearing one is little more than a false necessity.
Breasts gain no benefit medically, physiologically and anatomically from being denied gravity, French researcher Jean-Denis Rouillon claims in a 15-year study on breasts.
“On the contrary, they get saggier with a bra,” Rouillon, a sports medicine specialist from the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire in France, was quoted as saying to French news site France Info.
In fact Rouillon believes going braless could ease backache and keep breasts in their best shape too.
The 15-year study was conducted on 330 volunteers between the ages of 18 to 35 who were all required not to wear a bra for varying amounts of time. The researchers tracked the women’s breast positions as they got older by using a calliper and slide ruler.
The volunteers were also required to note whether they felt restricted during their daily activities while going braless and if they felt any backache.
According to the study, the women received a seven-millimeter lift in their nipples every single year they didn’t wear a bra. Their breasts were firmer and their stretch marks faded.
The women were also no more likely than others to suffer from back pain, according to an article from the Telegraph.
Rouillon suspects that the growth of supportive breast tissue is discouraged when wearing bras (because the bra is holding your boobs up and not the breast tissue itself) which results in the breasts sagging more.
“Contrary to popular belief, the breast does not fall, but tightens and lifts, and the quality of the skin improves,” he said, adding that going braless will appeal to many women in terms of comfort and aesthetics.
One 28-year-old participant told France Info how she felt going braless. “I breathe more easily, I carry myself better and I have less back pain,” she was quoted as saying. She hasn’t worn a bra in two years.
So does that mean we should all throw our bras out?
Rouillon advises against suddenly abandoning the brassiere, especially if you’ve worn one all your life as breast tissue is unlikely to handle the sudden lack of support.
“…The women involved were not a representative sample of the population,” he told France Info, saying that his study was focused on younger women and was done gradually over a long period of time. He believes more research is required before conclusive evidence can support his claims.