Bras and saggy breasts

So I’m going to do something a little different this time, and talk about my favorite subject, breasts!

There was a study that was in the news a few years back that talked about the link between wearing bras and sagging breasts.  This 15 year study by a French sports-science clinician, Jean-Denis Rouillon,  only had a small sample of women, about 320, but the results were staggering.   Here’s a link to the article posted on Medical News Today.

One of the first pictures of her, shortly after her 18th birthday.

One of the first pictures of her, shortly after her 18th birthday.

All his volunteers were between 18 and 35 years old. Rouillon emphasized that although his study spanned many years and included hundreds of women, he in no way claims his sample population is representative of the global population of women.

Rouillon found that women who never wore bras had nipples on average seven millimeters higher in relation to their shoulders each year than regular bra users.

My ex wife rarely wore a bra after we married.

 

And being the photographer that I was, I captured many images of her, and I think there may be a correlation with this study.  I had read another book, regarding the link

Here she is enjoying the water at Hippie Hollow near Austin, Texas. This is around age 22.

Here she is enjoying the water at Hippie Hollow near Austin, Texas. This is around age 22.

between bras and breast cancer, called “Dressed to Kill, The Link between Breast Cancer and Bras” by Sidney Ross Singer and Soma Grismaijer.  The book gave me a scare, and I had my wife read it, and she agreed, and redid her fashion to the sense that it would limit the wearing of bras as much as possible.

 

And since she has never had breast cancer, despite having fibrous breasts, I feel good about that decision.   But I’ve always felt that she had beautiful breasts (actually, I think all breasts are beautiful).

At 8 months pregnant, at age 25.

8 months pregnant, at age 25.

 

But after reading this other study, I went back and look at some photos over the years of my beautiful bride, and I think that a valid effect of reducing her bra wearing has been much firmer breasts.

 

Is going without a bra for everyone?   Probably not.   I know that my recent girlfriend, who has very large breasts was very uncomfortable when she wnet without a bra.   Would it be different if she had always gone braless?   Unfortunately, there is no way to know.

Here she is at age 42. Yes, age 42.

Here she is at age 42. Yes, age 42.

Society tells young girls today that they must cover their breasts, and they must push them up, and they must wear bras even if they are not even developing.   I don’t get it.

 

When did wearing a bra become a must thing?   I think its probably because there is still a sexual connotation about the female nipple.  “You must not allow the boys to see you have a nipple poking through your blouse!”

 

Read the study.  Draw your own conclusions, and do what you feel is right.  I present this to you as something to think about when it comes to the health of our bodies (and by the way, there are also studies that discourage men wearing briefs… which is why I wear boxers!)

 

 

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