8 out of 10 women are wearing the wrong bra size.
The key to discovering the right bra is to know the exact measurements and use them as a reference when choosing the bra.
It is important to remember that the exact size does not change from brand to brand, it can also change depending on the style of bra. What may look like a large bra size in one style might end up being a medium bra size in another.
How to know what is the proper bra size?
Bra sizes are given by a number and a letter.
The number refers to the width or perimeter of the thorax (indicates if the woman’s body is wide or narrow) and the letter indicates the breast volume, with the cup A being the smallest.
Step 1: Measure the contour size.
Measure the entire contour of the thorax with a tape measure just below the chest. The measuring tape should be parallel to the ground, and the measurement should be taken after expelling all the air from the lungs (the measurement should be as small as possible).
Step 2: Measure the cup.
The outline should be measured but above the chest (above the nipples).
It is best to take this measurement with the fastener on, but without any padding, and you have to make sure that the measuring tape is parallel to the ground and that it is not too tight while performing a full breath.
The difference between this measure (step 2) and the one of the submammary contour (step 1), before adding 15, will give us the cup we have.
Cup A: if the difference between the two contours is 12 to 14 cm.
B Cup: the difference is 14 to 16 cm.
C cup: from 16 to 18 cm.
Cup D: from 18 to 20 cm.
E Cup: 22.5 cm.
For every 3 cm of difference, a cup size increases or decreases.
How to know if you are wearing a correct bra size?
The best thing to know if we are using the correct bra size is to stand in front of a mirror.
Some signs that indicate that the size is not adequate are the following:
- If the bra is extremely uncomfortable.
- If the straps fall. The straps must be adjusted correctly.
- If the band of the contour of the fastener is too loose. If it is too loose, the shoulders will carry all the weight, which can cause back problems and shoulder pain.
- If the chest is down.
- If the chest only remains on the band of the contour, it is because of the band or the cup of incorrect size.
- If the straps and / or the contour band are stuck in the body. If the ring is nailed the sides of the chest. If the bra is leaving red marks, it may be necessary to have a larger cup or contour size.
- If the contour band is mounted on the back, the size of the band is wrong.
- If the chest comes out of the bottom of the bra when the arms are raised, the proper band size is not used.
- If the cups of the bra are so tight that they create a double bubble effect, the wrong cup size is being used.
- If the cloth of the cups is so loose that the cloth wrinkles, it is because the size of the cup is not correct.
Do you know your bra size?
What health problems can cause a proper bra size?
A garment as everyday for women as the bra can bring some health problems (never serious) if not used properly. The most common problems caused by not wearing an appropriate size of subject are:
- Back pain, especially at the dorsal and cervical level.
- Headaches A bra that does not fit well can cause some headaches. If the bra is too tight, it causes tension in the shoulders, neck and back, and in turn can cause headaches.
- Skin irritation. The underwire bras, popular for shaping and lifting the chest, can cause pain, mastitis and allergies as a result of direct contact of the skin with the metal of the hoop when worn.
- Appearance of lumps of fat because of the ring that is stuck.
- Flaccidity of the chest Over time, especially in the case of women of a certain age and / or with a large breast, misuse of the bra can cause irreversible damage to the ligaments of the breasts (Cooper’s ligaments), which are the They hold the breast, making them more relaxed, which can not only cause pain, but also cause the chest to fall further.
- Shoulder pain. A lower chest can cause the woman to tend to tighten the bra more than the account
- Shoulder pain. A lower chest can cause the woman to tend to tighten the bra more than the account can cause shoulder problems due to the pressure of the brace.
- If a bra is too tight, the lymphatic vessels are constricted and prevents proper drainage of the breast tissue, leading to fluid accumulation. Although there were some who said that they could lead to breast cancer, they have shown that the application of pressure to the cells does not cause the appearance of cancer.
Can Wearing A Bra With A Rim Cause Breast Cancer?
This is a doubt that many women have
The idea comes from a book published several years ago in which it is stated that women who wear bra with wire for 12 hours a day have a much higher risk of developing breast cancer than women who do not wear brassieres.
Can wearing a bra with a rim cause breast cancer?
Apparently, the book postulates that the res restrict the lymphatic system, which causes the accumulation of toxins in the breasts, which is what ends up causing the appearance of cancer.
The American Cancer Society has never endorsed this idea, since apparently there is no scientific evidence to show that this is the case.
Wearing a bra does not increase the risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal women
Myth or Reality?
A study, published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, has shown that wearing a bra does not increase the risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal women.
In the new study, interviews were conducted with 454 women with invasive ductal carcinoma and 590 women with invasive lobular carcinoma, the two most common types of breast cancer, and 469 women without breast cancer. The women were between 55 and 74 years old.
The questions were related to the age at which they began to wear to bra, whether the bra they had a ring or not, the size of the cup and the contour of the bra or the number of hours a day that they wore bra.
No relationship was found between wearing an underwire bra and an increased risk of breast cancer. Nor was any relationship found with the number of hours a day the woman wore the bra.