Young girls are instructed once they reach puberty to always wear a bra. But in recent years, a debate has circulated on social media if women should really wear bras. Are they harmful to your health? Are there severe health risks? Luckily, we turned to the experts to see if the rumors have any factual support.

No Evidence Behind It

According to plastic surgeon Dr. Neil Zemmel, there are no linked health risks of wearing a bra. Meanwhile, there aren’t any health risks if you skip wearing a bra, as well.

“We don’t have any evidence that says going braless hurts you,” agrees nurse practitioner Patricia Geraghty.

However, it’s not harmful to your health to wear a bra. It’s up to you to decide what is best for your body and comfort.

Bras Don’t Cause Breast Cancer

One of the most common misconceptions about bras is that they cause breast cancer. They affect the lymph flow in the body, building up more toxins in your breasts.

But this couldn’t be farther from the truth, according to the American Cancer Society. In a study of 1,500 women, there isn’t a connection between breast cancer and women who choose to wear a bra.

Wear A Fitted Bra

Many women believe the rumor that bras cause breast sagging. Unfortunately, sagging is only caused by age and stretched alignments.

However, if you wear a bra that is too tight, or too loose, this could cause skin damage and pain. Poor-fitting bras can lead to back, neck, or shoulder pain, as well as cause skin abrasions.

Instead, wear a comfortable, fitted bra. If you’re unsure about your bra choice, schedule a professional bra fitting to guarantee you’re wearing the best bra for your cup size. But most importantly, wear a bra that feels healthy.