Once upon a time, we started a bra revolution called SassyBax with one bra. Now we have 17+ years of expertise in bras and shapewear, not to mention a lifetime of painful personal experience as women, in and out of dressing rooms and stifling bras. (Scream here!)
Thus it came as no surprise when we discovered a study conducted by Harvard Medical University, which concluded that an uncomfortable ill fitting bra can be more than just a nuisance, it can have a truly negative impact on women’s health. A tight or poorly constructed bra can restrict both blood circulation and lymph tissues, which can lead to myriad aches, pains and maladies.
Some would go so far as to say it can cause real damage to our sensitive breast tissue. But here is the scariest part. According to the Harvard study, “The major reason why tight bras can hamper breast health is due to the fact that they restrict the lymph flow in your breasts. The normal function of the lymph fluid is to wash out toxins and other waste materials from the breasts. But tight bras can impair the flow of these lymph fluids and cause toxins to build up in the breast. This can lead to cancer.”
So we put together a list of the top 7 symptoms you should pay attention to and how SassyBax can help you avoid them. Some may be obvious, but we think others will surprise you! They did us.
1) Tender Breasts
Perhaps the most common complaint is breast tenderness. This is a tell tale sign of a bra that is too tight. Granted, tenderness can also be a result of hormonal changes; however, when your breasts are feeling sensitive due to premenstrual symptoms or being pregnant, it becomes even more important to find a bra that will treat your body with gentleness.
One of the features that SassyBax has become known for is the right balance between support and comfort. With its unique zoned compression, it provides ample targeted support without damaging or bruising tender breast tissue.
2) Sore Neck and Shoulders
A more indirect result of a too-tight bra can be neck and shoulder pain. The tension caused by the bra can throw your entire posture off, and create slouching and tension in the neck and shoulder area. SassyBax bra encourages better posture with its wide back and ribbed compression. Our wide stretch shoulder straps spread weight of the breast more evenly across the shoulder and prevent shoulder “dents” that skinny straps can cause.
(And, yes, we know that sometimes neck pain is just a sign you’ve been on your computer for too long. We created a separate post for the issue of staying at your computer too long, filled with easy stretches you can do to feel limber while working from home.)
3) Disruption of Lymph Flow
The flow of lymph in the body is critical for flushing out toxins and keeping us healthy. If a bra is too tight, it can disrupt the flow of lymph which can cause toxins to build up in the breast tissue. These toxins, combined with other issues, could even lead to cancer. Women who have a history of breast cancer in their families should be especially careful, when it comes to choosing the right bra.
Oncologist Dr. M.V. Shah explains, “Bras inhibit the way our bodies normally cleanse themselves and get rid of cancer cells and toxins like dioxin, benzene and other carcinogenic chemicals that cling to the body's fatty tissues like breast. In fact, if you find a lump in your breast, it may very well be filled with lymph fluid that was not able to move away from the breast tissue.”
*Of course, with all of our products, we recommend talking to your doctor before you use them for medical reasons.
4) Lack of Oxygen Supply
If a bra is too tight, breast tissue can become starved of oxygen, a condition called anoxia, and contribute to the development of fibrosis, a kind of internal scarring. In the short term, poor oxygen supply can make you feel light headed and uncomfortable, and unable to focus on the task at hand. It can also lead to fainting.
5) Skin Damage
Ever taken off a bra and seen angry welts against your skin? This is a clear indicator that your bra is too tight. You might even develop stretch marks in response to poor support or a bra so tight it stretches your skin. SassyBax bras never dig into your skin. Rather, they hug your body and are non-caustic to your skin.
Perhaps, and the most surprising on the list is heartburn. Heartburn has many causes but it can be a result of clothes that are too tight, even simply, your bra. The pressure can push stomach acid upwards in your intestines and quickly turn to chest pain. If you experience it, remove your bra, relax and assess for other symptoms of a heart attack so you don’t miss something before you chalk it off to your ill-fitting bra.
7) Poor Confidence
While confidence is not a physical ailment, it can lead to them. It can also interfere with our ability to achieve our goals to realize our hopes and dreams.
The wrong bra can make you feel uncomfortable and self conscious. Finding a well made innovative bra like SassyBax, allows you to focus on what matters most to you most. Whether that’s building a business, caring for your family, writing a book, excelling at your job, or simply enjoying a yoga class.
At SassyBax, we pride ourselves on creating bras and shapewear products that embrace the wholeness of what it means to be a woman, and support her in all of life’s transitions and milestones. What keeps us going are the notes of gratitude and excitement we receive regularly from our fiercely loyal customers. Their stories of how our bras are life changing keep coming in from across the nation. Women say they are so comfortable they can no longer tolerate other bras.
They report they sleep in them, recover from surgery in them, navigate pregnancy in them, and of course, the classic— nail their date night look by banishing the dreaded bra bulge!
We believe you deserve the best of comfort and support, so if you’re experiencing any of the above problems, or even if you just want what Oprah called, “The greatest invention since the fork,” please shop to create a new bundle of bras and shapewear that HELP NOT HURT your body.
In the meantime, if you wish to burn your current bra, we’ll completely understand!