New studies highlight key benefits of women not wearing bras

Posted on Apr 14 2013 - 10:54am by Harold Hisona

An interesting claim about the link between women’s health and wearing of bras is recently disclosed on a research finding by a sports science expert at the University of Besancon, France, following a 15-year study of the matter. Based on the preliminary outputs of his “marathon experiment,” Jean-Denis Rouillon concludes that a woman does not really need to wear a bra.

braWhy do women wear bras?

There are several reasons as to why a woman wears a bra. These reasons vary on their culture.

Typically, bras are used to bind or support a woman’s breasts, to improve appearance or merely to follow social norms. Many women would feel somehow awkward or uncomfortable to go out without wearing a bra, especially if they get used to it since the time when their breasts began to shape. Nevertheless, the new study findings would somehow change a bit of that feeling.

“Medically, physiologically, anatomically – breasts gain no benefit from being denied gravity. On the contrary, they get saggier with a bra,” Professor Rouillon explicated in a radio interview with France Info.

Preliminary outputs from a 15-year experiment

Hundreds of women respondents, of age between 18 and 35 years old, have been thoroughly assessed over a 15-year period study led by Prof. Rouillon at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire, Besancon. In order to measure the breast feature changes that have transpired on every woman respondent, Professor Rouillon used a slide rule and a caliper. A caliper is an apparatus used to get the precise measurement of the distance between two opposite sides of an object.

The study then showed an interesting result that would somehow suggest women to go without bras.

According to Rouillon on his research conclusion, compared to regular bra users, women who never used or wore bras had nipples about seven millimeters higher (average measurement) in relation to their shoulders each year. Such is an implication of unsaggy breasts.

Contrary to the common view of the benefits a woman can get from wearing bras, Professor Rouillon’s findings emphasized that wearing a bra will inhibit the growth of supporting tissues, causing them to wither in time. As a result, the breast would be degraded, thus, become saggy.

While Professor Rouillon had stressed the key benefit a woman can get from not wearing bras, he strongly discouraged women to go bra-free in a sudden. He further explicated that women who have been wearing bras for a long time would not get the benefits emphasized on his research if they go bra-free in a sudden.

“But a middle-aged woman, overweight, with 2.4 children? I’m not at all sure she’d benefit from abandoning bras,” Rouillon said in an interview with Reuters.

As additional recommendation on his research findings, young women are encouraged not to wear bras from the time their breasts began to surface. It is because wearing bras would tend to degrade the supporting muscles of the breasts, barring them from growing and gaining tone.

Preliminary results to definitive findings

Prof. Rouillon however deemed these findings as preliminary results. And in order to make these results definitive, he has to recruit a larger number of women, as respondents of a further research on this matter.

“These are preliminary results. The small sample of 320 young women is not representative of the entire population – that would require something like 300,000 subjects,” Rouillon explained in an interview with The Local newspaper in France.

Meanwhile, another separate study also claims that women who do not wear bras are less likely to have issues on breast pains and likewise, have lower risk of developing breast cancer in their later years.

Regular breast pain has been tied to breast cancer, according to a British study conducted by Professor Robert Mansel of Cardiff’s University Hospital of Wales, in collaboration with Simon Cawthorn, from Frenchay Hospital in Bristol.

In this study, a total of 100 premenopausal women respondents have been asked by the researchers to go without a bra for three months period and then go back to wearing one for another three months. Afterwards, the researchers recorded any deceptive differences, which eventually showed a 7 percent increase on the number of absolutely pain-free days (on average), when these women stopped wearing bras.

Both research findings should definitely fuel up the burning queries about the effects of wearing bras to a woman’s health.

Source: Medical News Today