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In this section, Dr. Elisa Fernandez answers frequent, general questions on bras from our clients.
Do we need to wear a bra?Statistic show that 7/10 women do not know their real bra size and, due to this, they use models that do not adapt to their breasts. But do we really need to use a bra? What if we decide not to?
As regards physical health, using a bra is not indispensable and does not bring any positive results; but it does when talking of mind-image health, since human beings are characterized by walking on our feet and wearing clothes, as the gynaecologist Elisa Fernández tells us.
Women walk on our feet and, due to that, breasts tend to go down proportionally to their weight.
Fallen breasts can cause complexes and low self-esteem. That is when the bra gets relevant, particularly when choosing the right size: “Most women don’t wear the right bra during the day, normally because they care more about the contour of the torso rather than the cups, but actually both things must be considered”, states Dr. Fernández; who also speaks about the eventual danger represented by underwired bras: “they are not dangerous if we choose the right cup and the wire is totally adapted to the thorax on the outer part of the breasts. If that is not so, the breasts will suffer continuous micro-injuries and, even though the danger has not been proved, we should prevent it”.
How large should the straps be?Dr. Fernández does not hesitate about this one: “the bigger the breasts, the larger the straps!”
How can I get the right size for me in a usual bra?Ordinary bras have double numbering or code made of a number and a letter.
We usually simplify things by saying that we use a 90 or 95 size. In order to get our perfect bra, we will also need to know the measure of the cup, that is, the volume of the breasts, represented with the letters A, B, C, D, E and F. Hence, our size will be 90A, 90B, 90C…
In order to know our size, we will have to take two measures with a non-elastic measuring tape directly on the skin.
BRA SIZE: In order to measure this, we will have to stand with keeping our backs straight, looking at the front and measuring the length of the torso right below the breasts. We’ll add 15 to the measure we had and the result will be our bra size. For example, if the contour below our breasts is 75 cm; 75 + 15 = Size 90. CUP: Subsequently, we must measure the length of our torso including the breasts on their most prominent part. This will tell us the volume of our breasts. Then, from this measurement we deduct the first figure of the length below the breasts WITHOUT the 15 cm added; the result will be the cup. For example: if we had measured 90 cm, we deduct the previous 75 cm; hence, 90 – 75 = 15, which is equivalent to a B size, as we see on the following chart: