The bra – or bra as it is known in some places, is a symbol of division; some consider it an absurd invention, others as a tool for emancipation. Scientifically speaking, the most notorious research on bras and breasts came out a couple of years ago.

Sports science researcher Jean-Denis Rouillon, based professor at the University of Franche-Comte in the eastern city of Besançon, led a team that carried out a 15-year study on the effect of bras on 330 women 18 to 35 years of age.

The study was conducted at the University Hospital Center (University Hospital) in Besançon, and the team used a slide rule and caliper to record changes in the women’s breasts year after year.

The findings suggest that wearing a bra at an early age did nothing to help support the breast, reduce back pain, or prevent sagging . “Medically, physiologically, anatomically – the breasts gain no benefit from being denied gravity. On the contrary, they fall more with a bra ”said Professor Rouillon in an interview.

Researchers believe that young women would gain more toned tissue and breast support tissue if no bra was worn . In the study, women who stopped wearing bras – by choice, not as a study requirement – had 7 millimeters (0.3 inches) of rise in their nipples when compared to women who used bra regularly. Bras or bras, according to them, could hinder blood circulation and reduce the tone of the breast over time.

“For younger women, not wearing a bra will lead to increased collagen production and elasticity, which improves lift on a developing breast,” said Dr. Stafford Broumand. Of course, many women wear bras for reasons other than simply to reduce the sagging of their breasts.

The team recommends caution in drawing general conclusions from this research, as the women in the study are not representative of the population as a whole. Professor Rouillon believes that more research is needed to understand the potential impacts – positive or negative – that bras can have, and admits that these are very preliminary results.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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