Home > Lifestyle > Woman > News Updated 18 April 2013 Scientist says bras are useless A little-known French sports doctor who spent 16 years studying the busts of about 300 women sent a scare through a country known for its love of lingerie this week when he suggested bras were useless. 4 Shutterstock Related How to choose the right sports bra Breast self-examination 9 tips for better boobs Quiz Is my diet healthy? » 10 odours our noses can identify 6 body language mistakes to avoid Jean-Denis Rouillon, 62, was thrust into the limelight after he told a student radio station that his work suggested wearing a bra weakened the natural muscles that hold up breasts and women should consider going bra-less.National radio picked up the story and Rouillon, based at the small University of Franche-Comte in the eastern town of Besançon, was soon being hounded by newspapers and TV.France Info radio interviewed a 28-year-old volunteer in the study, Capucine, who said abandoning her bra had liberated her in more ways than one, improving her breathing and posture."You breathe better, you stand up straighter, you have less back pain," she told the national news station.Even the highbrow daily Le Monde weighed in, offering an historical insight into the origins of the bra dating back to the 14th century.Rouillon said that his unpublished work is still in the early stages and he is hesitant about giving one-size-fits-all advice to women, despite the media circus.His preliminary results on 330 women aged 18 to 35 suggested that wearing a bra from an early age does nothing to help a wearer's breasts and going without could improve firmness."The suspension system of the breasts degenerates," Rouillon said, explaining that bras also unnaturally hamper circulation."But a middle-aged women, overweight, with 2.4 children? I'm not at all sure she'd benefit from abandoning bras," he added. - (Photo of woman wearing bra from Shutterstock) NEXT ON HEALTH24X 5 hobbies that will make you happier 2017-11-18 15:45 More: WomanNews Would you prefer to go bra-less? E-mail us advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 4 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news Fitness SEE: The 6 best types of dogs for runners Fitness SEE: 9 cycling things you cannot do in real life Lifestyle This is why women are more prone to yeast infections in summer Sex 6 women share what it’s really like to have sex with another woman for the first time Medical Knowing too much about your genes might be risky Parenting The breast express: Landmark service gets milk to preemies in need From our sponsors Fill in our quick and easy survey and stand a chance of winning a R2000 voucher! R2000 Skin Renewal online store voucher up for grabs! Dementia and Incontinence: what you need to know 8 strategies for treating both your bladder problems and your depression Live healthier Would you? » SEE: Smoking triples your risk of developing this disease Vaping leads to 'real' smoking by teens Would you quit smoking for money? Smokers who are offered cash incentives are far more likely to give up cigarettes than those who are simply offered tips on how to quit, a study found. Battle through... » 5 ways to boost your immune system in summer 4 reasons your muscles are cramping up Common cold: should you sweat it out? When you’re feeling sick, what kind of exercise, if any, should you be doing?