You might be hurting your breast health unknowingly with these 8 common habits

Breasts are sensitive and certain common habits might actually be leading to deterioration in breast health.
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Get rid of these habits to keep your breasts healthy! Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Aayushi Gupta Published: 13 May 2021, 09:30 am IST
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If you really think about it, most of us don’t really pay attention to our breasts. Do you even remember the last time you examined your breasts? It might not seem like it but your breasts are a sensitive area that requires special care.

If you want to ensure your breasts stay healthy, you will have to go the extra mile to take care of them. After all, you should take preventive steps to avoid any breast-related ailments. Turns out, many ladies unknowingly develop habits that could lead to the deterioration of breast health. So, to begin with, identifying these habits and changing them is important.

Here’s a list of 8 things you should definitely avoid, ensuring that your breasts stay healthy and in great shape.

1. Wearing the wrong bra size

If you’re wearing the wrong bra size, it will never fit or feel right. A wrong fitting bra can cause irreversible sagging and stretching. In the worst-case scenario is wearing too tight will block blood flow to the breasts. In addition, ill-fitting bras have been associated with neck, back, and shoulder pain.

2. Waxing nipple hair

Shaving, waxing, and plucking stray nipple hair could be tempting. According to a study published by the Journal of Physical Activity and Health, using razors around the nipple area can result in infection. In addition, hair removal can also increase the risk of inflammation. 

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Nipple hair is a natural body process. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
3. Nipple piercing

Beware of this intimate style treatment because a study conducted by the University Of Iowa showed nipple piercings can damage milk production ducts and cause your mammaries to increase the risk of developing an abscess which is a painful pus-filled infection. 

4. Excessive smoking and caffeine intake

You probably already know that smoking isn’t good for the lungs and heart but it can also lead to breast-related issues such as elasticity loss, sagging, breast tenderness, and increased risk of breast cancer. 

5. Giving up on the bra

Make sure you wear a bra when you’re stepping out for a jog or going out to the gym. Not doing so will lead to your breasts not getting enough support. This can cause severe pain and discomfort.

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Ditching those bras is actually not good for you. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
6. Duct taping them

Duct taping is a way to lift, support, and reduce movement when you wear something that you can’t wear a bra with. But, this isn’t a healthy practice as it could cause allergy, itching, nasty rashes, and inflammation. 

7. Not moisturising the breasts

The skin on your breasts is extremely thin and prone to losing elasticity. So, remember to moisturise your breasts every day.

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8. Sleeping on your stomach

Sleeping on your stomach can reduce blood flow to the breasts, negatively affecting the ligament and tissues. Hence, you should sleep on your back in order to keep your breasts healthy.

Get rid of these habits to ensure your breasts stay healthy!

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About the Author

Aayushi Gupta is a health writer with a special interest in trends related to diet, fitness, beauty and intimate health. With around 2 years of experience in the wellness industry, she is connected to leading experts and doctors to provide our readers with factually correct information. ...Read More

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