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How long should a bra last?

How to know if you need a new bra? Read on for everything you need to know about how long a bra should last.

how long should a bra last?

How long should a bra last: the mastectomy lingerie edit

A properly fitted bra is important for comfort, support, and overall well-being, especially for those who have purchased a fitted bra post-mastectomy. Over time, changes in your body, lifestyle and even medical conditions can affect the fit and effectiveness of your bras. In this guide, we'll explore the signs that will tell you it's time to replace your fitted bra.

Understanding changes in body shape

Your body naturally changes due to various factors such as hormonal shifts and age. For mastectomy patients, these changes can be more significant, impacting the fit of their mastectomy bras. Keep an eye out for signs like a noticeable difference in cup size, changes in the position of breast forms or prosthetics, and changes to how your bra fits.

Frequency of washing and wear

Regular washing is essential for maintaining the hygiene of your mastectomy bras. However, frequent washing can cause wear and tear, especially for delicate fabrics. Aim to wash your bras after every 2-3 wears, using gentle detergents and following care instructions provided by the manufacturer. Signs of excessive wear include fabric thinning, loss of elasticity and diminished support.

Physical activity and lifestyle changes

Engaging in more physical activities or making changes to your daily routines may mean you need some bras with enhanced support and durability. If you've recently started a new exercise routine or find yourself engaging in more vigorous activities, consider investing in compression bras designed specifically for mastectomy patients. Look for features like wider straps, reinforced seams and moisture-wicking fabrics to ensure optimal comfort and support.

Medical considerations

Changes in medication or surgical procedures can impact your body shape and size, necessitating adjustments to your lingerie wardrobe. Certain medications may cause temporary weight gain or fluid retention, affecting the fit of your bras. Additionally, surgical interventions like reconstruction or revision surgeries may change your breast shape and size. This might mean you need to try a different bra size or style.

How to know if you need a new bra

Wondering if you need a new bra but not sure how to tell? Here are some of the signs that it might be time to try a different style or upgrade your style.


  1. Discomfort when wearing: Persistent discomfort, chafing or irritation while wearing your bra could indicate that it no longer provides adequate support or has become worn out.
  2. Changes in fit: Noticeable changes in the fit of your bra, such as gaping cups, underwire digging into the skin, or the band riding up, suggest that it's time for a new one.
  3. Overheating: Bras that trap heat and moisture against the skin can contribute to discomfort and skin irritation. If you find yourself overheating or experiencing excessive sweating while wearing your bra, it may be time to replace it with a more breathable option.
  4. Loose straps: If you find yourself constantly readjusting the straps to maintain support, it may be a sign that the elastic has stretched out and the bra needs replacing.

General advice

Schedule regular bra fittings every two years, or whenever you experience significant changes in your body shape or medical condition. Many clinics and retailers offer free fit checks and consultations, providing personalised recommendations based on your unique needs and preferences.

Paying attention to signs indicating it's time to replace your fitted bras is essential for maintaining comfort, support, and overall well-being.