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What to Do When Your Bra Hurts?

What to Do When Your Bra Hurts?

A well-fitted bra is a foundation for any good outfit. About 80% of women wear the wrong bra size. So, you or someone you know may be wearing the wrong bra which can hurt them. Before you look into changing your bra, you need to find out exactly where your bra hurts. Here are few signs you need to watch out to prevent your bra from hurting you. 

Where Would a Bra Hurt?

  1. Bra Band
  2. Padding
  3. Underwire
  4. Centre Gore
  5. Cups
  6. Bra Straps
  7. Chaffing

1. Why Does My Bra Band Hurt?

Your bra band provides the best support to your breasts. It is normal for bra bands to leave temporary marks on your skin which will go away in 15 to 30 minutes. But it shouldn’t be painful and cause bruising. If you feel pain around the bra band, you must try a bigger band size. You may also notice the bra band rolling up your back which can be corrected with a smaller band. A large band can also ride up your back. 

2. Why Does My Bra Padding Hurt?

Padded bras are a necessity these days. However, they are designed to alter the shape of the breast. Padded bras and push-up bras apply constant pressure on the soft breast tissues compressing the lymphatic vessels. Push-up bras constantly pulls up the breast against gravity and changes the shape of the breasts.  It can leave red marks on the breasts. The best way to stop padded bras from hurting you is to opt for regular bras without pads. Whenever possible, you should wear a sleep bra or a non-padded bra.

3.Why Does My Underwire Hurt?

The underwire of the bra should sit on the ribs beneath the breast tissues. If your underwire hurts, it could be due to a bad fit. Your bra should have a snug fit and the underwire should support the breast tissues and not poke them. If you wear the wrong bra size, the underwire sits in the wrong place poking you throughout. There will be too much pressure on the wires and it will start digging into your bust or it will stretch too much and dig in at the armpit. 

The wrong bra style – Everybody is unique and you need to identify if you want a full cup, plunge, or balconette bra. Every type of bra supports and shapes your breasts differently. The thickness, shape, and length of the underwire are also different in every type of bra. This can make a huge difference in how your bra feels. 

How to Stop the Underwire from Hurting?

  • Measure your bra size
  • Try new styles of bra
  • Take a short break from underwired bras

Choose our wireless bras to easy your pain. You can be worry free with all our non-wired bras. 

4. Why Does the Centre Gore Hurt?

The centre gore of a bra has an important function to perform. It connects the cups by keeping the breasts separate. It should lay flat but very often the panel rises away from the chest. The centre gore would hurt if the cups are too small or the band is too big. If the cups are too small, they will not hold your breast tissue entirely leading to spillage from the top, sides, and bottom. If the band is too big, you will not get adequate support. 

How to Stop Centre Gore from Hurting?

Poor fitting is one of the key indicators of centre gore hurting. You need to measure and find the right size and talk to our representative to choose the right bra style. There should only be two finger gaps between the centre gore and your skin. If you are wearing the correct one, it will help you avoid a lot of complications. 

5.Why Does the Bra Cup Hurt?

The bra cups might hurt when your breasts are spilling out or if it is not filling up. If you are spilling out of your bra, you should go up a size in the band and the cup. If the cups are wrinkling, you should go down a size. 

6. Why Does the Bra Strap Hurt?

Digging bra straps are the most common lingerie problem faced by all women. It also contributes to neck, shoulder, and back pain – costoclavicular syndrome also known as bra strap syndrome. It can be caused due to straps that dig into your shoulders.

The weight of the breast tissues is supported by the straps and wearing a tight narrow strap can develop costoclavicular syndrome in the long run. 

How Do Our Bras Help?

A bra with a supportive under bust band and wide shoulder straps can redistribute the weight of your breast tissue and ease the pain. 

7. Why Does Bra Chaffing Happen?

A bra that is too loose or too tight could lead to chaffing. It occurs when your skin rubs against the bra. Chaffing normally happens under the breasts, near the underarms and around the nipples. Full-bust women are prone to chaffing as it causes a lot of friction and sweat gets trapped near the skin. 

You can ensure your bra stays in place by choosing the right size. You should also consider trying out breathable fabric that avoids moisture being trapped. Choose a bra type that separates your breasts and leave a space in between. You must also keep your skin dry to prevent chaffing. 

Quick Ways to Fix Bras That Hurt You

The best way to stop bras from hurting is to find the right size for you. If you find the right combination of style, fabric and size, you will not be hurt. 

  • Wear the right size bra
  • Put an ice pack on redness and swelling and go braless till it cures
  • Wear other styles of bras
  • Apply lotion or oil before wearing a bra
  • Take your bras off whenever you can
  • Try different fabrics
  • Switch different brands
  • Wash the bra before you wear


Hope our expert tips and solutions can helped you find comfort in your bra. Wearing the right fit and correct type of bra can benefit in the long run. Incorporate good bra habits to maximize long term benefits. 

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