Millions of women slip on underwire bras every day. If you’re one of those ladies, did you know that the metal or plastic in your bras may be bad for you? Experts offer the following differing opinions.
In the book Dressed to Kill, Sydney Ross Singer and Soma Grismaijer reported that women who wore underwire or any tight-fitting bras every day had a much higher risk of developing breast cancer than those who wore no bra at all. They claim the underwire blocks the lymph glands under the arms, around the breast and chest wall. These lymph glands play an important role in draining cancer-causing toxins from the breast.
Eww. Did you know that toxins drained from your breasts at all? We didn’t. And did you know your bra could potentially be causing a back up?
The underwire in a bra is u-shaped and sewn into the bottom of each bra cup. The purpose of the wire is to provide support so the girls don’t sag. Sagging is something no body part should ever do, so it’s a tough call as to whether it’s worth blocking toxins to keep from sagging. What to do?
Another hazard of wearing an underwire bra is being stuck by the wire. If the bra is too big, too small or worn and old, the wire can poke through the fabric. Ouch. Impaled vs. sagging … what to do?
Here comes the differing opinion.
Dr. Marisa Weiss, president and founder of a nonprofit website breastcancer.org, disputes the claim that underwires cause cancer. Weiss explains that fluids travel up and out of armpits, not down toward the underwire. Whew! And more good news: Research shows more than 70% of bras sold each year are underwire bras, and the reports of stabbing injuries from bras are minuscule. Double whew! Sounds like you ladies out there are heeding our warnings about getting properly fitted for bras and replacing them regularly.
Now that we know underwire won’t shorten our lives, look great without fear! Underwire bras come in many styles and colors. Full support, strapless, minimizer, push up, padded – the options are endless. Some of the top retailers include Victoria’s Secret, Bare Necessities and Nordstrom.
There’s even an underwire sports bra! Its u-shaped wire is flat and fits close to the body for comfort. The bra is also made of thick fabric which means it’s also sturdy and each cup is made of wicking material so the bra is breathable.
Don’t forget to pick up a CupCase to protect your underwire bras and keep them in tip top shape when you travel.