Drop those bras.
So it says in the results of a 15-year-old study conducted by professor Jean-Denis Rouillon, of the University of Besançon in France.
The gargantuan study lead by Rouillon, a sports science expert, reveals that "bras are a false necessity," he tells The Local. In his many years carefully measuring changes in the breasts of hundreds of women with a slide rule and caliper, Rouillon and his team concluded that on average, the subjects' "nipples lifted on average seven millimetres in one year in relation to the shoulders."
Wearing these supportive structures apparently does nothing to curb back pain, and decrease breast sagging, according to Rouillon.
He said on a French radio show, “Medically, physiologically, anatomically – breasts gain no benefit from being denied gravity. On the contrary, they get saggier with a bra."
Everything we knew is a sham. But Rouillon says that his work is not complete, nor his findings definitive, so don't throw those bras away, just yet.