Just heard U on the radio in NH. Sounds like a terrific idea...
Diane in New Hampshire
Worried about going bra free at work
Hello Dr. Vaughan,
I heard you on KS95 in Minneapolis talking about bra free Friday. It interested me a great deal.
I'm a small breasted woman at the age of 43-1/2 ! My bra is the first thing that comes off when I get home from work!!!!
But being in an office atmosphere, I don't know if I would feel comfortable going bra less at work. Do other women have this same concern, and how should it be handled?
I'm all for going braless on the weekends and the evenings, but I'm not so sure about it at work. Do you really think it would be acceptable?
I would appreciate any feedback.
Mary in Minneapolis
Thanks for your letter.
I hope the page called What will my boss say if my nipples show? will answer your questions.
UK lady's breasts feel best with no pressure
Dear Dr Vaughan,
I would very much like to congratulate you on the wonderful new web site you have created on the issue of bras and breast disease. Hopefully, this site will be an inspiration to all women in their quest for improved breast health. It is difficult to imagine what else can be done, or said, to enlighten women and to help them lose their fears of being bra-free. Hopefully, we can eventually initiate more relevant medical research work into this difficult area.
On the subject of sports bras, however, I must take issue with you! As a friend is fond of saying "there is no such thing as a safe bra, as there is no such thing as a safe cigarette!"
My wife's case history, which is up on my web site, shows how even the lightest of pressure can cause problems. She initially experienced recurrent pain, after she stopped bra wearing, when she wore anything remotely restricting even elasticized camisoles (which I think we call vests over here).
She's fine now with elasticized camisoles, but I think her experiences, together with my work on measuring the pressure exerted by even very light bras and comparing with values obtained from the literature for the pressure within lymphatic vessels, indicates just how sensitive to external forces the lymphatic system can be.
You are most welcome to put in a link to Chris's case history, which can be found at http://www.moth.freeserve.co.uk/page43.php if you think it would be helpful in any way.
Congratulations on a wonderful effort with your web site and best of luck for the bra-free weekend coming up. I imagine you will be receiving a great deal of correspondence as a result of your endeavors.
Very best wishes,