New Study on Bras Suggests Wearing Them Can Actually Cause, Not Prevent, Sagging

Is braless really better?

If you thought not wearing a bra meant you’d eventually pay the price in terms of gravity, you might be wrong.

A new study out of France that took 15 years to conduct on over 330 women concluded that bras don’t actually prevent breasts from sagging or ease back pain, according to Yahoo Shine (via The Local).

“Medically, physiologically, anatomically—breasts gain no benefit from being denied gravity,” Professor Jean-Denis Rouillon from the University of Besançon said. “On the contrary, they get saggier with a bra.”

With the aid of a caliper, which is used to measure the distance between two opposite ends of an object, researchers calculated that not wearing a bra causes muscles around the breast to increase in strength, with the nipple raising toward the shoulder 7mm annually.

The study looked at women ages 18 to 35.

The $11 billion-a-year bra business needn’t start scanning the classifieds however. The study’s researchers said it’s not recommended that all women abandon their bras “since their muscles had probably already degraded.”

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