Should women wear a bra or not? Do they wear a bra for health or aesthetic reasons? The National No Bra Day occurred on October 13th 2015. Its purpose was to promote breast cancer awareness and raise funds for research.
A 15-year longitudinal study on the effects of wearing a bra on 330 women, between the ages of 18 to 35, was conducted by Jean-Denis Roullion, a French sports science researcher. The thinking has been that wearing a bra provides the support necessary to prevent sagging and to promote overall breast health.
From his findings, however, he concluded that wearing a bra did not actually benefit breast support, and conversely found a 7mm lift in the areola of women who went BRA-LESS. This finding was interpreted as indicative of bras causing the negative effect of reducing both circulation and breast tone over time, causing sagging in young women.
Another doctor, who was not part of this research, hypothesized that not wearing a bra may allow the breast to naturally increase collagen production and elasticity, which could be hampered by bra usage. In the video below, this study is discussed. Obviously, further research on a larger sample of women needs to be done, that controls for breast size, before any final conclusions can be drawn. After watching the video, let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.