8 Comfortable and Supportive Bras for Women Who Just Had a Mastectomy
Breast cancer surgery changes a woman's body, but it shouldn't change how she feels in her clothes.
Comfort is crucial after any surgery, and when it comes to a particularly sensitive operation like a mastectomy, it's even more necessary that the woman feel as comfortable and close to normal as possible. Sadly, it's a procedure that many women have to undergo—BreastCancer.org reports that 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer in her life. Post-surgery, and while undergoing additional treatments like chemotherapy or radiation, women often cannot wear their usual undergarments. Instead, they likely to have to buy new bras to help them deal with the discomfort and pain during the recovery time.
Finding the right bra can be a hard thing without going through a big life moment, no matter if you have small breasts or large breasts—but it's especially tough when battling breast cancer post-mastectomy. Doctors recommend looking for wireless bras with soft cups, and they say to consider that arm mobility is compromised for a period post-surgery, so look out for front clasps whenever possible. Fortunately, there are lingerie companies that have come up with solutions. Check out these eight below.
Look for a bralette with thick straps, like this one, since it doesn't have an underwire and offers tons of flexibility. Fabricated from a four-way stretch knit that will move with the user's body from morning to night, the soft, seamless construction also ensures that there won't be any fabric friction against the chest area.
Conceptualized by the brand's CEO (and breast cancer survivor) Fran Dunaway, this half bra is a solution for when the need is for the remaining breast to be supported. There may be days when those survivors or those in recovery might choose not to wear their prosthetic or might not want to cover their scars as they heal. It's designed to be worn on either breast and can easily be adjusted for added comfort.
This bra is highly rated on Amazon as an excellent bra post-surgery. Since there is often a period where arm movement is limited, the front hook and loop clasps allow the user to dress and maintain a sense of independence. Plus, the thin and light fabric prevents binding around healing areas.
Designed to be easily removed, this active style with a front zipper will be a savior for those in pain or with limited mobility. This bra also contains added compression which could be helpful for post-surgery workouts. This soft, sleek sports bra has all the support, with breathability and moisture wicking to keep you dry and compression for that holds-you-in feel. Plus, this bra was designed in consultation with a two-time breast cancer survivor, so you can trust it'll be comfortable post-surgery.
The quest for a supportive wireless bra ends here. This contour bra will help enhance a natural breast shape, and the smooth fabric and soft cups will feel like clouds next to the skin. The wide range of colors and a simple, clean look make this appealing to women going through treatment.
The navy color and zigzag embroidered detail make this a standout, fashionable option on the outside while the pads, wire-free structure, and cotton-lined cups make this comfortable on the inside. The lace panel is detachable for the days when the wearer wishes to be more modest. Cups can hold prostheses as well.
It only takes slipping into this bra once to fall in love with the smooth fabric. The full, large cups come close to the armpit and will support that area and prevent any chaffing on the side. Additionally, the innovative and wide-ranging cup sizes can help with fluctuating breast changes, too.