5 Common Misconceptions About Your Bras You Should STOP Believing In

Let us take a guess. You think that bras with 32A, 34A and 36A have the same cup size right? Nope! Let’s bust this myth and misconceptions women have towards bras for a very long time. After some research, we’ve found that these false information  about bras must be cleared up so that it opens up women to the wonders of wearing a bra!

Myth Buster #1 Bra Size That Ends With The Same Letter Are The Same Cup Size

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Oops, this myth is busted. Laura Tempesta, the only person in North America that has a master’s degree in lingerie design, said that 38A, 36B, 34C and 32D are, in fact, the same sizes. “These sizes all accommodate the same size breast; they just do with a shorter or longer underband.”

And contrary to the common belief that bra sizes with the same letter that goes after the numbers are the same sizes, they are completely different.

“A 38D, 36D, 34D, and 32D have absolutely nothing in common. They don’t fit the same size breast or rib cage. So everything you’ve been told your whole life that A cups are always small and D cups are always large — isn’t true.”

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as she explained in her TED talk speech. (Watch: You’ll never look at a bra the same way again | Laura Tempesta | TEDxKCWomen)

Myth Buster #2 Bras Can Cause Breast Cancer

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I believe many of us have heard of this myth, and we tend to have the “illusion of truth” because we heard this from people around us repetitively. The truth is, according to the National Center of Health Research, there are insufficient studies to prove that bras can increase your rate of developing breast cancer. There are several factors that affect the rate of getting breast cancer such as your diet, lifestyle and how often you exercise, but wearing a bra is definitely not one of them. (Related: Can Wearing A Bra Cause Breast Cancer?)

Myth Buster #3 It Is Bad To Wash Your Bras Frequently

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There is some truth in this, but you must first understand the rationale behind it.

It isn’t bad to wash your bras frequently, especially if you’re the type of person who sweats easily or leads an active lifestyle. One of the ways to make bras last longer is to not wash your bras frequently, but you should consider how often you wash your bras based on your own situation.

Dr. Alok Vij, MD, a dermatologist, suggested as a general rule, you should wash them after every two to three wears. But it can be confusing as to how it is considered as a ‘wear’. “A few hours with a bra on with minimal sweating might not count as a full ‘wear,’” he says. However, heavy sweating within a few hours could be counted as a double, or even triple wear.  (Read more: According To Experts, This Is How Often Should You Wash Your Bra)

Myth Buster #4 Bras Block Your Blood Circulations and Increase Health Risks

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Bras can block your blood circulations, but only when you are wearing a bra that is too tight for you.

Montclair Breast Center states that wearing tight bras frequently may compress your blood vessels and cause cardiovascular issues, therefore, you should always make sure you are feeling comfortable while wearing them.

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Bras are not designed to put your health at risk, they are created to support your breasts. So, as long as you wear your bra correctly with the correct bra size and shape, bras will not cause you any health risks.

Myth Buster #5 Underwired Bras Are Not A Healthy Option For Your Breasts

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Not true. Only a wrong fitted underwired bra will be a health hazard to you. An underwired bra is created with the purpose to lift your breast upwards and bring their weight closer to the front so that it doesn’t cause a burden to the body. They also function to separate and shape a woman’s breast. 

The possible reason that underwired bras are making you think that it is not good for health is that you are wearing the wrong size and shape for you. If the underwired bra is too tight for you, this may lead to damage of the breast tissues because the bras are asserting pressure on them instead of supporting them. Meanwhile, if the underwired bra (or basically any type of bra) is too loose for your breasts, it may move around and cause friction against your skin, resulting in chafing. So, always make sure that you are wearing the correct size of bras for your breasts. (Related: 5 Signs You Are Wearing The Wrong Bra) 

In short, we think that you should stop believing these myths that have been surrounding bra owners for a long period of time, and we believe this has caused a lot of women to develop fear towards wearing an undergarment that is designed to support and carry your breasts’ weight. We welcome you to follow us on our Facebook or Instagram Page if you want to always be updated about the latest information and trends about bras!