The Bra and Health Risks
By Marie Zenack

Research shows that women who had never worn a bra in their life had the same rate of breast cancer as men , none. The problem with bras is that they can block the circulation of the lymph system. Try this: at the end of the day, take off your bra and look in the mirror. If you can see lines on your skin left by the bra, it is too tight. Cut the elastic in the back and sew in another small piece of elastic. Repeat the test the next day. Remember, your health is more important than how society thinks you should look.

However, because our society expects women to cover their breasts, we might become uncomfortable if our breasts show through our clothing. A camisole may be an alternative. Some of them have shelf bras built in. However, bras that alter our shape, push our breasts up, have under wire, or cut off our circulation are associated with health concerns for women.

According to research on women’s health, the more time spent without a bra, the better. We can take off our bra when lounging at home and, of course, while sleeping. Plenty of time spent bra-less allows us to learn what is natural and comfortable for our breasts.

In one study, women wearing bras that were dangerously tight or restrictive were asked if their bras were comfortable. They said they were. Over the centuries, women have become accustomed to a variety of clothing that was detrimental to our health. Let’s become accustomed to what is natural and good for our bodies.

Marie Zenack is a teacher of fertility awareness and a facilitator of women's rites of passage. She lives in a spiritual community in rural Southeast Iowa, where she spends her time teaching, writing, meditating, gardening, cooking and enjoying her grandchildren. Thank you Marie!

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