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Lines On My Breast From My Bra - Am I Wearing The Wrong Size?

Published: June 05, 2013
Dear Lines On My Breast From My Bra - Am I Wearing The Wrong Size?,
First, I just wanted to thank TeenHealthFX for having this website. It's such a great, informational website for both males and females looking for answers as they grow up. I am a 15 year old girl who lives with her dad and brother, so I don't have a mom to ask for help going through puberty. I'm concerned with the way i wear my bra because after wearing it the whole day, once I take it off, there are lines on my breast where the bra was. I have to shop for my own underwear because I'm too embarrased to ask my dad. I get my bras at the girls section because i am a size 32A ( i know this from your "Bra size info" Question) i don't know if I get the lines because I should be getting my bras in the womens section or what, i just dont know. I'm also kind of embarrased to shop for bras at all, i try to do it quickly so that no one I know will see me. Please help me .

Dear Lines On My Breast From My Bra - Am I Wearing The Wrong Size?,

TeenHealthFX can appreciate that it can be difficult for young women and young men to deal with any issues connected to puberty without a same-sex parent present. It sounds like you are trying to figure out a lot on your own when it comes to the changes going on with your body, and we understand how hard that can be.

FX would like to start by saying we do think it is important for you to have someone to talk to about any “female” issues that might come up for you. Do you have an aunt or grandmother who could help you out? Or perhaps you could talk to the parent of a good friend, your school nurse, or your doctor? All the women around you have gone through things like shopping for bras and dealing with periods – so there are plenty of people around you who could give you some guidance and advice so you don’t have to deal with these kinds of things alone.

If you don’t have one already, FX would also recommend that you find a female primary care physician, adolescent medicine specialist, or gynecologist who you feel comfortable with so you do have someone you can speak to when you have questions or concerns related to anything with puberty. There might be times in your life you have questions about things like your menstrual cycle or birth control – and it would be helpful for you to have an established relationship with a doctor who can answer your questions and give you some recommendations when needed. You could tell your father that you would like him to help you find a female doctor so you can have someone to ask puberty-related questions to or ask your school nurse for a recommendation of a local doctor.  

As for your question about your bra, if you are getting lines on your breast from wearing it, most likely the bra is too tight. When choosing a bra, it is important to be careful about any underwires and about the side panels, making sure neither is poking into the breast or creating extra tightness and pressure. FX does understand that it can feel like an embarrassing thing for a teen to be bra shopping, but we also think it’s important for you not to rush in and out of the store. Take your time and get some help from a saleswoman so that you can make sure you are wearing the correct size bra. Would you feel more comfortable going with a friend, the mother of a friend, an aunt or another trusted female friend or relative? If so, we recommend asking someone to go with you to help you out. Either way, FX recommends going to a department store where you can ask a saleswoman to help you figure out the correct size bra and a good style that will fit you comfortably and that will not leave any kind of marks. If there are not salespeople in the girls section who can be of help, go to the lingerie section of the department store where there will definitely be saleswomen available to help you. If you are a 32A, those size bras will be available in that part of the store. Ask them if they can double check to make sure you have the correct measurement and then ask them for a recommendation of a style that won’t dig into your breasts and leave marks. Again, FX realizes there might be some discomfort for you in doing this, but wearing a bra that is too tight is not healthy – so we promise that your body will thank you for tolerating the discomfort of talking to a saleswoman to ensure you have what you need!

For more information, you can go to TeensHealth article on Finding the Right Bra.   

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