Unlike traditional prescriptions, it is not as easy to tell when your bra has expired. A majority of women simply have no clue! In most cases, women are walking around in brasseries that should have been replaced months, or even years ago.
Your bra is there for a reason. It has a very important job to do, but when it has expired it can no longer perform that job. Depending on how well your bra is taken care of, their average life is only 6 to 9 months.
Here are a couple ways to tell if your bra is on its last leg:
- When you have to wear your bra on the tightest hook, but it still rides up your back.
- When the elastic is so stretched out that it just won’t bounce back.
- When your body weight has changed.
- When your bust is drooping.
- When hooks or pieces are missing or beginning to fall off.
For Mastectomy patients in particular, it is very important to realize that bras should be replaced every 3-6 months. Wearing a breast form and mastectomy bra offers the comfort of being more balanced. It is also important in preventing back and neck pain, as well as maintaining good posture.
Certain insurance companies will only provide coverage for up to 4 bras a year, which can be sufficient as long as they are properly taken care of. To allow your brassiere to live a long life, here is a simple tip:
- Make sure that you have at least 3 to 5 brassieres a year and rotate them daily. If you rotate 3 bras, you will be able to wear each of them for 121 days out of the year! Stop in the Chambers’ Apothecary or call to make an appointment and we will make sure you are comfortable and looking your best all year long!