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At any time within the last 24 hours, have YOU been able to take time for yourself to Take Off Your Bra?
Are YOU still wearing your bra 24/7/365?
When in the comfort and privacy of your own home, are YOU able to TAKE Off Your Bra?
When YOU go to sleep at night, do you Wear Your Bra, or; are you able to TAKE OFF Your Bra?
Have you made an appointment with your physician to discuss your Family Medical History?
Have you made an appointment to schedule your annual MAMMOGRAM?
Do YOU practice monthly BREAST SELF-EXAMINATION?
Do you practice BREAST MASSAGE?
Within the last 1 - 2 years, have YOU experienced significant Weight Gain, or; Weight Loss?
Has it been more than five years since the last time that you went in to a store for a PROFESSIONAL BRA-FITTING?
If your answers to the last two questions are YES, and the answers to ALL of the previous questions are NO, then the bra that YOU currently are wearing is probably an ILL-FIT, and NOW would probably be a GRRRREAT time for YOU to TAKE OFF YOUR BRA.
According to UNIVERSITY Of PORTSMOUTH: BREAST HEALTH RESEARCH:
Over 70 per cent of women are reported to be wearing the wrong bra size – this is no surprise considering how confusing the bra sizing system can be!
It is really important that women of all breast sizes are wearing appropriate and correctly-fitted breast support for everyday activities as wearing the correct bra size will improve your general health and well-being. However, appropriate breast support is especially important when exercising.
Sports bras are effective at reducing breast movement (we found an encapsulated sports bra reduced breast movement by up to 73% compared with bare-breasted running) and can therefore reduce breast pain caused by excessive motion.
There is a lot of choice out there but this does not mean that you should not be able to find a style and size of bra that suits you for both everyday and sporting activities. A tape measure can help you on your way to finding the correct bra size.
TOP 5 SIMPLE STEPS To A PROPER BRA-FIT:
1) BAND - The band should fit firmly around the chest. It should not slide around as you move, but it should not be too tight to be uncomfortable, affect breathing or make flesh bulge over the band. The band should be level all the way around the chest.
2) CUP - The breasts should be enclosed within the cups, with no bulging or gaping at the top or sides. If the cup material is puckering then the cup size is probably too big.
3) UNDERWIRE - The underwire should follow the natural crease of the breasts and not rest on any breast tissue (in the centre, underneath the bra or under the arms). If the underwire is resting too far down the ribcage (i.e. where the ribcage gets slightly narrower) the band size is probably too small.
4) FRONT - The front of the bra (the lower edge under the breasts and between the cups if a separate piece exists) should sit flat against the body and not gape away from the chest. If the front of the bra is lifting away the cup size may need to be increased.
5) STRAPS - The shoulder straps should be adjusted to comfortably provide breast support without being too tight (i.e. digging into the skin). The main support for the breast should come from a firm band, not tight shoulder straps.
CYNTHIA DECKER & MOLLY HOPKINS of LIVIRAE LINGERIE say:
Q: Why do you think a correctly fitting bra is so important?
A: A proper fitting bra is so important for many reasons. The first and most important is general breast health. Outside of the health benefits, it also makes women look good and feel good in what they're wearing. It boosts self-esteem and makes them feel comfortable and confident in their own skin. As we always say, you change your bra, you change your life, and we truly believe in that.
Q: Do you think that an ill-fitting bra can lead to health issues?
A: Yes, an ill-fitting bra can definitely have a negative effect on you. When a bra does not fit correctly, women carry extra pressure in their shoulders, causing indentations, neck pain, and back pain and in the long term, the Dillinger's hump. If the wire rests on the breast tissue instead of flat against the rib cage, that pressure can also cause calcification of the cells within the breast tissue.
Q: What is the first thing you look for to recognize the wrong size?
A: The band of the bra is the sole of the fit, so that's the first thing we check. 85% of women are wearing a bra that is two bands too big and two cups too small. Since the band is the most important piece we always start there.
Q: What can a woman do to extend the life of her bra?A: There are a few things we suggest in order to keep those bras going! One of our first suggestions is to rotate through bras on a daily basis. We suggest wearing a bra every other day. Another way to extend the life of a bra is to use the right detergent. We suggest washing bras by hand or on a gentle cycle in cold water with a mild lingerie detergent. Always hang bras from the center or lay them flat to dry, never put them in the dryer or hang them by the strap.
Q: How many bras should the average woman have?A: We suggest that each woman start their bra collection with four bras and build to seven within the span of a year. This is necessary to maintain a healthy bra wardrobe and extend the life of all of your bras.
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