Sometimes bra commercials do their job too well and women end up buying fancy-looking bras just because they liked or believed the commercials. No matter the cause, you should never compromise on comfort when choosing a bra.

Comfort is given by the right size (a bra must never feel tight in any spot) and the right cup (a bra must always hold and envelop the breasts perfectly). Wearing the wrong bra is not only uncomfortable but it can also have negative consequences on your health. Let’s review some of the side effects of wearing the wrong bra.

#1. Painful breasts

Any tissue that is squeezed for a longer period of time will start to ache, and that is true for breast tissue too.

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#2. Back pain

This pain is caused by the stooping pose adopted involuntarily due to the lack of strut in the chest, and appears especially in women with large breasts. If the bra is tighter over the rib cage, it is very likely you will get pain in the hip area.

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#3. Pain in the shoulders

It happens because the tight bra straps pull on the shoulders while trying to support the breasts. If the bra is extremely tight, it can even cause blisters on the shoulders, under the straps.

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Credit: Freepik

#4. Neck pain

It is an indirect consequence of the whole shoulder, neck and upper chest area being tense for a long time because of the incorrect distribution of weight.

#5. Sagging breasts

Wearing a loose bra counters the whole idea of wearing a bra. Normally, you wear a bra to support your breasts, especially during more ample body movement, and to keep them from swinging.

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#6. Blocked lymph nodes

The lymph vessels and nodes in the breasts are extremely sensitive to pressure, so wearing the wrong bra can adversely affect the correct circulation of lymph and, in time, can lead to serious health problems.

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#7. Bad posture

Because of all the muscle tension in the upper chest, shoulder and neck area, you will involuntarily try to adjust your posture to minimize this tension. In time, this will lead to negative changes in posture, with the adjacent adverse health effects.

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#8. Abraded skin

In extreme cases, if you wear a bra that’s way too tight for a long time, it will start causing skin abrasions under the breasts, on the breasts, on the shoulders and wherever else the bra is too tight.

#9. Shortness of breath

A tight bra will directly influence your breath. If your chest is constantly restricted, you will take only shallow breaths, which leads to lower blood oxygen levels, which leads to the body not functioning normally.

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#10. Tenderness

There is a good reason why sports bras are designed that way. It is extremely important to avoid ample movements of the breasts during exercising or any kind of sports. Lack of support will make your breasts tender.

#11. Heightened breast cancer risk

With a tight bra, both the blood flow and the lymph flow to the breasts are decreased for longer periods of time. This can lead to unwanted health consequences such as breast cancer.

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#12. Unnecessary deformation of the breasts

A bra that does not fit perfectly on your breasts and chest will, in time, change the shape of your breasts and not for the better. Certain muscles will atrophy, skin will expand and your breasts will start to sag.

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The BetterMe Team wants you and those close to you to live a healthy, happy life! Your health is a valuable thing; look after your body and your mind so that you can live your life to the fullest – Remember you only get one!

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