If you're not wearing the right bra - you're going to have issues and these issues will develop quickly. Our mothers don't always know these things, because often, they've also been wearing the wrong sized bra. In this article we'll discuss three things. Health issues associated with ill-fitting bras, how to ensure that you're wearing the right bra, and also how to trouble shoot bras. This idea of trouble shooting might sound odd to begin with, however, it is important to understand what is happening when a bra doesn't fit right, and also how to fix it.
There can be dangerous health issues associated with wearing the wrong sized bra which many of you might be familiar with, but have not yet made the connection to your bra. Let's briefly go over those now.
This one is fairly common, and most people acknowledge that it's because of their breasts, especially women with larger breasts. What they may not realize, is that their bra's should actually be working on that support and assisting with that back pain. If you're developing back pain, then you're most likely wearing the wrong sized cup. The thing is that a bra that isn't necessarily fitting that well places a lot of pressure on the chest area, and because women with larger breasts will naturally tend to stoop, you're essentially doubling that pressure. Here's the thing, if the bra is tight, it's actually going to work against your body as opposed to supporting it, and that's going to translate into back pain.
This one is actually the most common form of pain with people wearing bras. Again, it's due to the wrong breast cup size. If it's tight, it's most certainly going to lend itself to the development of breast pain.
If the straps aren't fitting correctly, then this will create pressure on the shoulders. This strain can move from the shoulders and up to the neck causing severe pain in the neck and shoulders.
Blockage of the Lymph Nodes:
The Lymphatic vessels are quite thin. When these are compressed against a tight fitting bra, the pressure can close these little vessels and cause blockages.
Wearing the wrong sized bra can spoil the tender ligament muscles in the breasts, what will happen where is that loose bras will fail to lift the breasts. This will mean that they have the potential to lose shape, get heavier and most likely sag.
An ill-fitting bra can cause blisters. This results when too much pressure is placed around the breasts and the friction of the bras create skin issues. This is especially an issue on the underside of the breasts.
These are just some of the minor issues. Ill-fitting bras can also result in things such as bad posture which can lead to multiple issues with spinal pain, setting off an entire chain of events for an individual’s health.
So now that you know what issues ill-fitting bras can cause, let’s look at some of the ways to notice when a bra isn't fitting properly and how to fix it.
1. Slipping Straps:
It may seem obvious, but a lot of people don't realize that they have to continually tighten up their bra. For the most part, they're made of a stretchy material and what will happen is that over time, they will stretch. It is therefore essential that at least couple of months, you tighten up your bra straps. You'll see the same thing happen in various shirts, and pants. The more you wear them, the stretchier and looser the fabric tends to be. If you're finding that the straps are still slipping then you may need to explore a different bra style with a different style of strap system.
2. Wire Sits on Breasts:
If the wire is sitting on the breast then you need to get a smaller band size. Just remember that if you go a smaller band size, it is most recommended that you increase your cup size as well. So if you're currently wearing a 34C then you might need to consider a 32D. The aim for your bra size should be that it can be snug of the loosest hook, this is so that when the bra stretches out so that you can still tighten it periodically.
3. Straps digging In:
Straps aren't designed to do heavy lifting. It's the band that should be doing the majority of the work and if it isn't then you probably should consider buying one band size smaller. Keeping in mind to go the bigger cup size as well. Another hint; if you're larger than a D-cup it is probably best to obtain a style that consists of narrower straps. What this will do is centre the on the shoulders and ensure that there is an even distribution of the breast.
4. Cup Gaping:
This is a common issue with women that have outwardly pointing breasts, asymmetrical breasts and bell shaped breasts. Since the majority of the breast is situated at the bottom, it can create a gaping aspect at the top of the bra. If you try tightening the straps first, this will most likely solve the issue. If that's not working then you may need to consider dropping down a cup size. If you're not keen on the idea of dropping a cup size (and please give it a go first before you dismiss it) then you could try a push-up style as these cups are angled and tend to be quite efficient at reducing gaping.
When you have excess breast spilling out of the cup, it's generally an easy fix. Just up the size in the cup and you should be fine! A secondary possibility will be that the band is simply not tight enough which in turn will cause the wire of the bra to dig into your breast and give it an unshapely form. A snugger band will in most cases pull the wire back and allow it to fit in the cup properly.
When you're overflowing you're going to need to give your breasts some much needed breathing room and move up in a cup size. Believe me, you'll be thankful for it.
It's time to trade in for a bigger cup and give your breasts some breathing room. Go up one size in the cup. Example: If you're a 34D, trade up for a 34E. You and your breasts will breathe a sigh of relief!