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why does my bra hurt my ribs - Does Your Bra Dig Into Your Ribs? Here's What To Do Next

You get home from a long day of work and can’t wait to get into your PJs. You rush to the bedroom, ready to get cozy and start undressing. When you do so, though, you notice something in the mirror. Your ribs are marked by a striking red rash. You touch the area and it’s tender. It hurts. It’s not the first time you’ve noticed this problem.

If your bra is always digging into your ribcage, you absolutely have to do something about it sooner rather than later. You don’t deserve to be in pain all of the time nor should you ignore this problem and hope it goes away.

Here’s what you should do next:

Try adjusting or loosening your bra

First of all, the most obvious cause of this problem could be that your bra band is far too tight for you. You might be wearing your bra on the tightest clasp to get some extra support. However, if it’s tight on your ribcage, it could rub you and cause discomfort and pain throughout the day.

The annoying thing about this issue is that you may not notice it at first. When you put your bra on in the morning, it might feel perfectly fine. However, as the day goes on, it gets worse and worse. Try loosening it now and see if that helps.

Check you’re wearing the right bra size

Of course, the other thing that may be causing you pain is wearing the wrong bra size. Your body shape and size can fluctuate for all kinds of reasons. For examples, you might find that a hormone change means that you gain or lose weight. Don’t panic.

The best thing you can do is make sure that you get fitted for a bra on a regular basis. The sooner you get measured and find out what size you are now, the better.


Related: How Tight Should Your Bra Band Be?


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Look for bras that suit you

If your bra is digging into your ribs, there’s a good chance it’s not the right style for your shape. You may find a better fit in a wireless bra or bandless style. Luckily, there are loads of different styles out there. It could be worth trying on a range of bra types and seeing what suits you best. During your fitting session, you can ask to try out a variety of different styles.

Choose a bra without underwire

You might find that choosing a bra without underwires is the best way to go. Often enough, if you have a large ribcage, you might find that the underwire of your bra is the problem. Opting for a wire-free bra could be the way to go here. Check out the range of styles out there and see what options there are. Again, it’s all about finding what’s best for you.

Final considerations

If you’re in pain and it’s being caused by your bra, the worst thing that you can do is ignore it. Approaching the problem as soon as possible is the only way to go. Your lingerie should keep you comfortable and make you feel supported. Changing the style that you wear and making sure that you’re wearing the right size, could make all the difference. If that doesn’t help, it may be wise to visit your doctor to check if the pain and discomfort you’re experiencing is a sign of something more serious.


Related: Bra Shopping Guide: Tips For Buying New Bras


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Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for a special occasion, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!

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Charlotte Grainger

Charlotte Grainger is a freelance writer and digital journalist. Her main areas of interest are health, lifestyle, and relationships. When she’s not writing, she loves reading, gymming, and socializing.

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