Those of us who depend on a brassiere to hold our boobs close and prevent chaffing know that with a boobies comes great responsibility.
As in, finding the right bra, washing that bra, wearing that bra during the right time of day or night, and treating that bra like it deserves to be treated. But what if everything we know about bras is wrong? Or at least, kind of wrong? In the spirit of Breast Cancer Awareness month, here are some super popular bra myths that we’ve learned from our parents, our grandparents, aunts, cousins, moms, best friends and neighbours.
1. Sleeping in your bra causes cancer and stops your boobs from growing.
According to specialists, there is no way sleeping with a bra on is harmful to anyone. Just hella uncomfortable.
2. But also, sleeping in your bra keeps your breasts firm.
Again, not true just super super uncomfortable. Hey to each their own.
3. Only wash your bra once a month or less.
Don’t wait until your bra is stinky. Washing gets rid of the oils and germs that accumulate, so the more oil you’re producing, the more frequently you’ll need to launder your bra.
4. Training bras teach your breasts to grow.
Your breasts have their own plan for growth; they require no instruction. Training bras just provide support and coverage for newly developing, sensitive breasts.
5. Not wearing a bra is bad for your boobs.
For those of us familiar with gravity, this seems very intuitive, but it’s actually a lie. Not wearing a bra only brings your breasts to their original shape and does not initiate sagging although it might seem like that.
6. Bras should be fastened on the tightest hook.
A bra is going to stretch about three inches in its lifetime, and when it does, that’s when you go to the next set of hooks. Buy a bra that fits snugly on the last set of hooks, and only later should you need to use the tighter ones.
7. Underwire bras = Cancer.
No evidence to support this, just really not logical in terms of what would increase your risk of breast cancer.