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When is the Right Time to Start Wearing a Bra

Shygirltobe

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Currently I am pre-transition and also pre-HRT now, but I was wondering when the right time is to start wearing a bra is. I've already asked this with various of other transgender sisters and I have gotten various answers to that question already. Of course all answers were valid since there is no right or wrong answers to that, but a valid argument could be made either way.

On the one side, why would you want to start wearing a bra until you start to see breast growth of course? That does make the most logical sense, but again it's a difference response depending on who's answering that. On the other side, you are free to wear a bra whenever you feel comfortable to.

My opinion is that since I am slowly 🐌 getting ready to start HRT and tradition (I'll post a separate post on that issue later on though) that I want to get used to wearing a bra as early as possible. My problem now is due to my massively large chest and my very plus-sized body shape I measure to big for any regular and also plus sized bras sold either at store locations, or online.

Pre-pandemic/Covid I already went to a few large department stores and other intimate boutiques and requested a free professional bra fittings. Oh each time I walked in there dressed completely in guy mode. Oh and yes they all accepted me when I requested this service! Post-pandemic/Covid I started measuring myself mode and also scheduling virtual appointments too. I eventually gave up accepting I'm just too big to wear a bra yet.

Of course my goal now is to try and lose as much weight as I can by exercising so I can eventually fit into a bra again. Sure I've heard that HRT will help a lot, but so will massive weight loss too. Also for my general overall health it wouldn't hurt if I lost excess weight regardless If I transition, or not one day.

So again my dilemma is whether it is important enough, or not to get used to wearing a bra regularly before starting on HRT and then seeing actual breast growth?
 

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I started wearing a padded bra shortly after I started HRT. I hadn't grown at all really, but I needed the padding because my nips were so sensitive I needed to protect them.
 

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I started wearing a padded bra shortly after I started HRT. I hadn't grown at all really, but I needed the padding because my nips were so sensitive I needed to protect them.
Right that makes perfect sense Lexxi. Since you haven't seen much breast growth yet have you ever considered also putting pasties over your sensitive nipples yet?
 

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I am not Lexxi, but sore nipps will be a companion of yours as long as you are on estrogen. I have pretty well sized boobs (36 DD), and I still have hurting nipples (for the last 20 or so years). One gets used to this, and I wear a bra only if I cannot avoid it (never liked those torture contraptions much - like most women). You learn by pain experience that you carry boobs in front of your chest, and learn to stay clear of any hard objects, or way to intensive hugs with other people. There are medical opinions out there that state that bras cause muscle weakness and sagging boobs. Mine are not sagging, yet.


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I am not Lexxi, but sore nipps will be a companion of yours as long as you are on estrogen. I have pretty well sized boobs (36 DD), and I still have hurting nipples (for the last 20 or so years). One gets used to this, and I wear a bra only if I cannot avoid it (never liked those torture contraptions much - like most women). You learn by pain experience that you carry boobs in front of your chest, and learn to stay clear of any hard objects, or way to intensive hugs with other people. There are medical opinions out there that state that bras cause muscle weakness and sagging boobs. Mine are not sagging, yet.


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Interesting Linde. So what you are saying is that since sore nips will always be a constant companion of me once I start on estrogen that the only way to reduce that swelling is to always be wearing a padded bra from now on?
 

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Interesting Linde. So what you are saying is that since sore nips will always be a constant companion of me once I start on estrogen that the only way to reduce that swelling is to always be wearing a padded bra from now on?
The pain is depending on the individual, I have it, you might not have it. But I hardly wear any bra, I just learned to avoid interference with objects and my boobs. I belong to the league of anti bra women, and consider them to be torture devices invented by males to hurt women (;)).
It is up to the individual, but most bras that are used to shape your boobs to look good in nice clothing, are padded anyway. I tend to wear bras when it is colder, because I don't want my nipples to freeze off, and drop to the ground. Those keeping the nipples warm bras are always padded, but are not very decorative and are mostly boob storage containers.

I f you get anything out of wearing a bra, go ahead and wear one, it never did anything positive for me, but I grow boobs for many years now, and never needed the conformation of my gender that a piece of fabric seems to give some people.


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Wearing a bra can be affirming, and I regularly wore one for decades before starting HRT, but usually with forms. It is a very personal choice. I had an active job, and found a padded bra to be invaluable when I started HRT, even though I didnt need the support it protected me from accidental bumps and scrapes.

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Right that makes perfect sense Lexxi. Since you haven't seen much breast growth yet have you ever considered also putting pasties over your sensitive nipples yet?
Oh they're much more grown now. I was just telling you why I started wearing mine so early. My nips don't get as sore now...well not all the time at least. hahaha
 

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I started wearing a bra “for real” a couple of months after starting HRT. My shirt was chafing against my nipples when I walked, and trotting down stairs caused uncomfortable jiggling. You’d be surprised how little it takes to jiggle!

At that point, I needed a compression sports bra for concealment when out in male mode. After 3 months on HRT, the girls were big enough to show off, with a bit of padding, so I switched to a padded bra and went full-time.
 

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when I walked, and trotting down stairs caused uncomfortable jiggling. You’d be surprised how little it takes to jiggle!
I don't get that jiggling thing, I either got used to it over the many years i run around with boobs already, or mine have anti jiggling devices installed (factory option???).
I have 36 DD now, and still run around 90% of the time sans bra, nd no uncomfortable jiggling is recognized..
I experience some surprise jiggling yesterday, I was wearing some slacks, and just old lady type of panties, and upon brisk walking I felt my labia majora jiggling, and that kept on going for as long as I was walking. That for sure was a weird and different feeling!
Did anybody ever experience this?




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I am not Lexxi, but sore nipps will be a companion of yours as long as you are on estrogen. I have pretty well sized boobs (36 DD), and I still have hurting nipples (for the last 20 or so years).
Linde

I am the least qualified to answer this after these women, but I am just under 4 months HRT. Mine have been sore since about a week after starting HRT and bumping into something definitely hurts. I certainly hope mine are not still hurting in 20 years.

I had slight growth when I had hormones from the adrenals only, but adding estrogen definitely energized them. People are starting to notice, so it is probably time I wear at least a sports bra.

I think you should wear a bra when you want to. We are all different and you should do what makes you feel better about yourself. Weight loss can definitely be done post HRT, but is easier with testosterone.

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