A tight bra increases the size of the chest

Avoiding Bra Mistakes: How to Find the Right Bra

One tugs at it all the time, pulling here and there. If a bra doesn't fit properly, it's not only annoying, it can be painful and even harmful to your health. That is why it is important that it fit well. But how do you find the optimal model?

The chest size of German women is increasing. It has increased by 2.3 centimeters in the last 20 years to an average of 98.7 centimeters. And every second woman doesn't know her bra size, according to a recent survey. Ignorance that can lead to various health problems.

Back pain due to lack of support

If the bra is too wide, it does not give the breasts enough support. Consequence: The upper body is usually pulled forward unnoticed by the weight - a bad posture that can strain and overload the back in the long term. The bra is a bit tight - but can you still close it? Attention! It is still too narrow and should be sorted out. Otherwise it can happen that the bra slips up and constricts the sensitive fabric. This is particularly uncomfortable with models with a bracket.

Tension in the neck, shoulder and neck

Very often the straps are too narrow and cut into the shoulders, sometimes to the point of dent formation. This pinches nerves and muscles. In the long run, this can result in pain in the shoulder, neck and neck area.

Two possible triggers for headaches

Narrow and too short straps can also hinder the blood supply to the brain and thus cause tension headaches. If you suffer from it more often, you should check your bra. This can also be triggered by a lack of oxygen when the bra is too tight and restricts breathing.

The sources of stomach ache and irritable bowel syndrome

Bad posture and breathing problems can also lead to cramping of the abdominal muscles. This manifests itself in stomach pain and in rare cases even intestinal disorders.

Chest pain can be ironed out

If the cups are too big and not support enough, this can damage the ligaments that hold the breasts. If the cups are too narrow, the breasts will be squeezed and bulge out at the top. It looks ugly and is painful. If the bra is too small, the wires are not under, but on the breasts - and squeeze the sensitive breast tissue.

Skin and ligament damage possible during sport

A bra that does not fit can chafe the skin. It can also damage the ligaments that hold the chest in place. Doctors therefore advise always paying attention to a perfect fit, especially with sports bras.

This is how you determine your exact bra size

To do this, first measure the circumference of your upper body with a tape measure directly below the base of your chest and then your chest. You can enter both values ​​in the bra size finder on the Internet, for example at www.triumph.com or www.calida.com, and thus determine the right bra size. Or you go to a specialist shop and have trained staff measure you.

... and this is how it looks with hygiene

How often change? The basic rule is: If he is sweaty (e.g. from sport or exertion), the bra belongs in the laundry. Otherwise it can be used a second or third time.

How to wash That depends a lot on the material. Often, lace and synthetic fibers can only tolerate hand washing. Cotton bras, on the other hand, can even be put into the machine at up to 60 degrees. Always follow the washing instructions.

How to maintain In any case - also with cotton - use mild detergent, otherwise the fabric will be attacked too much and can wear out. Do not iron, otherwise the bra will lose its fit.

How to protect When washing in the machine, put the bra in a laundry bag. This protects the material and the rest of the clothing remains intact. Because this prevents the locking hooks and the bracket from getting caught anywhere.

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