After a 15-year study involving 320 female volunteers between the ages of 18 and 35, Professor Jean-Denis Rouillon, a sports medicine specialist from Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Besancon in France, says his findings show that wearing bras may not prevent women’s breasts from sagging, and may be doing some women more harm than good.

Rouillon told France Info, “Medically, physiologically, anatomically, the breast does not benefit from being deprived of gravity. Instead, it languishes with a bra.”

He suggested that girls who started wearing a bra once their breasts first started to develop would soon become dependent because the supporting muscle structure would degrade. In other words, the bra starts doing all the “heavy lifting” of the breast tissue, which causes the muscle to deteriorate and weaken.

In the converse, if you don’t wear a bra, the muscles are worked-out more and can support the breasts just fine on their own… so underwires, push-ups, minimizers, etc. with all their fancy straps, hooks and lace trim, need not apply.

hands on breastsUsing a slide rule and caliper, Rouillon spent years carefully measuring changes in the orientation of breasts belonging to the hundreds of women in his study. He found those who did not wear bras had a 7 millimeter lift as measured from their nipples each year. Their breasts were also firmer, and their stretch marks faded. There was also no evidence that the bras helped get rid of back pain.

But not all of us should go burning our bras just yet. That’s because the study neglected to include any women over age 36, who have worn a bra their whole life. So, Rouillon cannot yet say if going mammary commando also serves a benefit to women outside of his limited test group.

To that point, the good professor issued this disclaimer on his findings telling The Local, “These are preliminary results. The small sample of 320 young women is not representative of the entire population – that would require something like 300,000 subjects.”

“We will simply have to recruit a larger sample of the female population, and conduct further research,” Rouillon added.

Call us skeptical cynics, but we sincerely hope this is legit science and not a convenient way for some French guy to spend direct, hands on time with 640 young breasts in the name of “research”.