We love a good bra/boob related myth here at Brastop, especially the really outrageous ones! Here area handful of myths that need to be put to bed. I apologise in advance for any bubbles that I may burst.
1. Massaging the boobs can make them grow.
WRONG - wrong, wrong! I feel as though this theory may potentially have been made up by a man? And I suppose it only works when they massage them, right? Ludicrous. Ladies, this does not work. Don't fall for it.
2. The average boob size is a C cup.
WRONG - As many of us fuller busted gals may already know, this is absolutely not true. In fact the fastest growing segments of the bra industry is DD and above.
3. Breast development ends in your early to mid teens.
WRONG - Many women don't achieve their full boob growth until their mid 20's. Not only that, but your breast tissue continues to change all the way through to menopause.
4. You will wear the same bra cup and band size most of your life.
WRONG - Our boob size changes so often that bra manufacturers estimate that we could change 6 to 8 times in one lifetime! That's a lot of chopping and changing!
5. Boobs are meant to be perfectly symmetrical.
WRONG - You may have heard the saying 'the twins, aren't really twins,' and this couldn't be more true. We all have one boob bigger than the other, whether that be slightly bigger or a whole cup size bigger. Doctors aren't sure exactly why this happens, however it is completely normal, so don't worry!
6. You don't need to wear a sports bra if you have small boobs.
WRONG - Boobs of every size need support when exercising. Even if you don't feel pain, it's extremely important to maintain maximum support when working out. No matter what size you are, you can damage the Cooper's Ligaments (the connective tissue that supports the boobs). So strap yourself in with a sports bra before going on your next run!
7. A good bra should last a couple of years.
WRONG - Unfortunately this is wrong, yes it's true that you can buy better quality of bras that will last longer than others, but the truth of the matter is that bras only have a lifetime of around 6-9 months. The elastic simply begins to wear it with the weight of carrying our boobs and from the strain of how much we wash and wear them. Sad, I know, but sometimes you just need to pick yourself up and move on.
8. It's fine to throw your bras in the washing machine.
WRONG - This is something I have really been obsessing over recently, in fact I have a whole blog about it. Popping your bras into the washing machine along with everything else is a big no no in terms of keeping your bras in good shape.
9. Breast feeding causes your breasts to sag
WRONG - This is something that I always thought to be true but in fact is it pregnancy itself that actually causes sagging of the breasts. Weight gain during pregnancy is the culprit as it causes the ligaments to stretch which can cause drooping later on. That is another reason why maintaining a healthy weight during pregnancy is so important. Something to keep in mind when you find yourself at McDonald's for the third time in one week. Say no to the cravings!
What other bra or boob related myths have you heard of? Share them with us and who knows, maybe there will be another post!