6 Health + Wellness Benefits of Going Braless

October is breast cancer awareness month. It is estimated that breast cancer affects 1 in 9 Canadian women, and men can develop breast cancer as well. It is a scary disease, and this month is also a reminder for us to be as proactive with our health as possible and do breast self-exams. As part of the breast cancer awareness campaign, today, October 13th, is No Bra Day. I wanted to take this opportunity to also talk about how I have been going braless since 2014.

 

First I transitioned from underwire molded cup bras to simple bralettes. After a while I decided to ditch them too and go all natural, and now I can’t imagine going back. I admire the women who ditched their bras during the feminist revolutions of the 1960s and ’70s, and it turns out that going braless has even more benefits than just those social ones. Here are six health and wellness benefits of going braless.

6 Health and Wellness Benefits of Going Braless

1. Be More Comfortable

You know the sweet relief of taking off your bra at the end of the day? Imagine that, but all the time! I cannot fathom going back to wearing bras. It feels like boob prison even more so to me now. Not to mention the pain of shoulder straps cutting or underwire poking you.

 

2. Have Firmer, Perkier Breasts

A 15-year study showed that there was no benefit to wearing a bra, and in fact, it may even accelerate sagging. This is because without a bra, muscle tissue develops to support the breasts resulting in higher, lifted nipples. They even found that stretch marks faded.

 

3. Save a Ton of Money

It’s outrageous to me how expensive bras can be. In fact, $16 billion is spent on bras annually worldwide. Now think about having the freedom to put all that money toward something else.

 

4. Wear Any Cut of Shirts or Dresses

There is no concern about bra straps showing or strapless bras sliding down around your waist if you opt out of a bra entirely. You can wear whatever cut you like and show off your beautiful shoulders and back without worry.

 

5. Improve Lymphatic Circulation

The band of a bra secured around your rib cage can actually inhibit circulation of the lymph nodes near your armpits and up the centre of your chest. The lymphatic system has the important job of transporting white blood cells as well as toxins, so you want it functioning well.

 

6. Learn to Appreciate Your Shape

I have small breasts, and this was a major source of insecurity for me for over a decade. Ditching the molded bras and embracing my natural size and shape is one of the most empowering things I have done for myself in terms of self-confidence and body acceptance. And big-breasted ladies can experience this positivity too.

 

So today celebrate No Bra Day by going braless and raising awareness about breast cancer. See how it feels and you may end up like me and decide to make every day a no bra day. Of course, it’s an individual choice for each person. I’m not saying we all should ditch our bras – I know some people like them. I’m just saying we should question why we do things and not be too afraid to go against the mainstream if it suits us personally better.

 

As I was putting this post together, I realized that there was so much more I wanted to hit on, so I think I’m going to split it up into two or three different posts. If this interested you, or you want to hear more about my personal story, or learn how going braless actually works in a practical sense, I will dive deeper into those areas in the future. Leave me a comment with anything in particular you are curious or would like to read about.

 

Do you wear a bra? Why or why not? Would you consider going braless?

6 Health and Wellness Benefits of Going Braless

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10 Comment

  1. Reply
    Courtney
    October 13, 2016 at 8:14 pm

    That would take some getting used to, for sure. I’m due for new bras and I may go for the minimalist type – no underwire, maybe a few bralettes. Baby steps.

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      Grace
      October 13, 2016 at 9:10 pm

      It did take time to get used to, and I transitioned with the bralettes as well. Try it out and see how you feel. 😀

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    Kat @AnAussieinSF
    October 17, 2016 at 9:50 am

    You’re much braver than I am. I’d be so very self-conscious about not wearing a bra. I even wear them to bed, which I hear is not a good thing. I don’t even know why, since I’m itty bitty. I totally agree with you on the expense though. I just dropped $70 on a bra that’s nothing special. Maybe I should start transitioning to no underwire and stop with all of the padded bras.

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      Grace
      October 17, 2016 at 11:00 am

      I was definitely self-conscious when I started as well! If you do want to give up the underwire and padded bras, I recommend transitioning to bralettes first. From there you can decide if going completely braless is something you want to do. Though if you do, I think it could be a great confidence-building experience for you. It’s certainly helped me come to appreciate my small chest. 🙂

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    Michelle
    October 25, 2016 at 9:32 am

    I’m with you on this one Grace, all the way!!! I hate bra’s. Why on earth did they ever get invented? We have breasts, big or small they are part of our natural woman-ess. The only time I’ll wear a bra is if my my shirt or top is see-through, for the rest of the time, there is nothing better than going braless. I’ll never have perky breasts again and that’s okay. They fed my children and I’m proud of them. Thank you for daring to go braless

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      Grace
      October 25, 2016 at 12:39 pm

      Aw, I love what you’ve written here! It’s so refreshing and empowering to hear other women speak openly, honesty, and proudly of their bodies. Thank you for sharing!

  4. Reply
    Mary-the boondocks blog
    October 27, 2016 at 11:35 am

    Indeed it can be very empowering for us women to go without a bra. I have always done it but at home, I always feel more comfortable. But being a certain age I would not be able to do that. But for younger women who can I say go for it.

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      Grace
      October 27, 2016 at 11:45 am

      Psh, I say if you’re more comfortable then age doesn’t matter. 😀 I do understand though,that not everyone wants to go braless out in public.

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    Diana
    January 20, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    Nipple pasties go a long way too! They help ladies dealing with RT. 😉 Maybe after bralettes transistion to nipple pasties.

    1. Reply
      Grace
      January 22, 2017 at 7:01 pm

      Thanks for sharing! I have never used nipple pasties myself, so I couldn’t really speak to it. It’s good for people looking for alternatives to know about.

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