What to Do When Your Bra Hurts?

What to Do When Your Bra Hurts?

Buying a new bra is always a tough experience, and we at Shyaway are familiar with breast and bra problems. That’s why we’ve decided to put an end to your discomfort caused by bras and breasts. 

Breast Pain or Bra Pain?

Almost every woman experience breast pain at one time or another. Breast pain is more often easy to treat and will go away on its own, but on rare occasions, it can be a sign of something serious. 

Reasons for Breast Pain

1. Hormone Imbalance

Many women report breast pain due to hormonal fluctuations. Blame the oestrogen and progesterone levels. Breasts tend to become sore a few days before the beginning of the menstrual cycle and it normally stops hurting after the periods starts. Due to the hormonal fluctuation, breasts swell or become tender.  It is very normal to have breast tenderness before, after, or during the time of your period. 

How Do Our Bras Help?

Hi-supportive periods bra can ease the discomfort and pain.

2. Pregnancy

Breast tenderness is one of the earliest signs of pregnancy for many women. Pregnant women have sore breasts during the first trimester when the hormone production ramps up. 


  • Maintain good diet
  • Avoid caffeine
  • Reduce salt and sugar
  • Avoid smoking
  • Take pain meds (Ask your doctor)

How Do Our Bras Help?

A pregnancy bra will offer maximum support and comfort to painful breasts. 

3. Breast Injury

Breast injuries happen while playing sports or involving in other activities. Like any part of the body, accidents can happen to your breasts. You might have a shooting pain at the time of injury and sometimes sharp stabbing pain is also possible. Breast injuries can take several weeks to cure. If the pain doesn’t reduce on your own, you need to consult the doctor. 

Warning Signs to Alert Your Doctor

  • A bruise on your breast
  • Swelling for more than a week
  • Redness and warmth
  • Lump in the breast

How Do Our Bras Help?

Wear a sports bra that are designed to support and balance your breasts during hi intensity workout or other physical activity. 

4. Chest Pain and Not Breast Pain

It might feel like breast pain but the actual pain might be coming from the chest wall. It could be due to damage to the muscle, tissue or bone surrounding your chest. 

Common Causes of Chest Pain

  • Bone fracture
  • Trauma on the chest wall
  • Getting hit on the ribs
  • A pulled muscle

How Do Our Bras Help?

Wire-free bra can make you comfortable throughout the day. 

5. Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding can be a source of breast pain. It can also cause sore and painful nipples. 

Why Does the Breast Hurt during Breastfeeding?

  • Improper latch
  • Breast engorgement
  • The tingling sensation during milk let down
  • Nipple cracks and dryness

If you have pain while breastfeeding, you need to talk to a lactation consultant for immediate remedies. 

How Do Our Bras Help?

A breastfeeding bra can help hold the breasts in place. However, it may not help cure the soreness. You can try nipple covers, nipple creams, and nipple cups to prevent nipple soreness during breastfeeding. 

6. Breast Infection

Breastfeeding women are most likely to have Mastitis which causes breast infection. You may have severe pain in one breast along with fever. 

Symptoms of Mastitis

  • Pain in the breast
  • Swelling
  • Redness

You must consult the doctor and take pain killers and antibiotics for a speedy recovery. 

How Do Our Bras Help?

A nursing bra can come to your rescue. Though it wouldn’t reduce pain, it can definetely provide optimum support. 

7. Side Effects of Medication

Some medicines may cause breast pain. You need to discuss it with the doctor before you are on some drugs. 

Known Side Effects

  • Oxymetholone – Anaemia
  • Chlorpromazine – Mental health conditions
  • Diuretics – Kidney and heart
  • Hormone Therapies – Birth control pills and infertility treatments
  • Digitalis – Heart failure
  • Methyldopa – High blood pressure

How Do Our Bras Help?

A cotton bra is the right pick if you are sick or if you are being treated for any kind of illness. 

8. Breast Cyst

Fluid-filled lumps on breasts aren’t dangerous and may resolve there, however, they must be evaluated by a doctor. 

How Do Our Bras Help?

Switch to an everyday bra for optimal comfort.

9. Breast Implants

Some women have pain after their breast augmentation surgery. Mild pain is expected however, if you’re having severe pain, it could be due to scar tissue or ruptured implants. Call for help immediately. 

How Do Our Bras Help?

A plus size bra is all your need after enhancing the shape and volume of the breasts. 

10. Breast Cancer

It is not common for breast cancer to cause pain; however, inflammatory breast cancer can cause a lot of pain. 

Symptoms That Need Attention

  • Red or discoloured breasts
  • Swollen or heavy breast
  • Severe pain

How Do Our Bras Help?

Try a front open bra for easy hooking and unhooking. 

11. Unsupportive Bra

A bra without proper support can hurt your breasts. The ligaments that connect the breasts to the chest wall should not be overstretched. An ill-fit bra can also cause achy and sore breasts. 

Solution: wearing the correct size bra with good support. 

How to Make Your Bra Not Hurt You

About 80% of women wear the wrong bra size. So, you or someone you know may be wearing the wrong size bra which can hurt. A well-fitted bra is a foundation for a great outfit. Before it’s too late, here are the signs you need to watch out for to prevent the bra from hurting you. 

Believe us, even before you look into changing the bra, you need to find out where a bra hurts. 

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. Remember, 32 is not the smallest band you will ever get. Many brands offer smaller band sizes, like 28. 

2. Why Does My Bra Padding Hurt?

Padded bras are a necessity these days. However, they are designed to unnaturally alter the shape of the breast. Padded bras and pushup bras apply constant pressure on the soft breast tissues compressing the lymphatic vessels. Pushup bras constantly pulls up the breast against gravity and spoil 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
  • Try different fabric
  • Try new brands
  • 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. You should also 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


Are you tired of your bras giving you pain and discomfort? Can’t wear your new bras because you’re worried, they might give you pain all day? We’ve all been there. Hope our expert tips and solutions have 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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