According to studies, the National No Bra Day on October 13th shouldn’t be the only day for that matter. In fact, scientists are urging women to stop wearing bras immediately.
Scientists claim that wearing bras from a young age does not help support the chest, prevent breast sagging, nor reduce back pain. In fact, not wearing a bra promotes more tone and supporting breast tissue.
After a long 15-year study on the effect of bras conducted on 330 women aged 18 to 35, a sports science researcher Jean-Denis Rouillon told in an interview, “Medically, physiologically, anatomically – breasts gain no benefit from being denied gravity. On the contrary, they get saggier with a bra.”
His study found that women who didn’t wear bras have perkier breasts. Bras, he claims, could hamper blood circulation and reduce breast tone over time.
There are also other professionals who agree with Rouillon. For example, Dr. Stafford Broumand told Refinery29, “For younger women, not wearing a bra will lead to increased collagen production and elasticity, which improves lift in a developing breast.”
On the other side, there are those who do not fully agree with this statement.
For e.g. Deborah Orr from the Guardian says:
“So, clever him and stupid women. Except, wait. Rouillon isn’t any kind of expert at all, because he doesn’t have breasts. He reckons that “medically, physiologically, anatomically breasts gain no benefit from being denied gravity”. But women don’t wear bras for medical, physiological or anatomical reasons. We wear them for psychological, aesthetic and practical reasons. Bras stop our breasts from wobbling about in a Don’t Forget for a Second You’ve Got Breasts manner, allowing us to forget them. Otherwise, we’d be cupping them in our hands every time we broke into a trot to catch a lift.
Rouillon says that his research shows the nipples of women aged 18-35 rose by an average of 7mm when they went braless. He fails to understand that one of the many comforting things about bras is that you rarely have to think about where your nipples might be. Women are encouraged to fret about their breasts enough. The last thing we need is some fool telling us that we need to think about them, and their welfare, a great deal more.”
There is also a campaign named #freethenipple, where they believe that women should have the right to bear their chests. They think that not wearing a bra will change the whole image of breastfeeding in public.