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Thursday, October 25, 2018

Comfortable Bras for Menopause and Perimenopause that Won't Leave You Sweating

Menopause and perimenopause can leave you hot, sweaty, and miserable. Body and hormone changes can make you hot one minute and chilly a few minutes later. Besides the hot sweats (and the word night sweat is a definite misnomer), you can have other changes which make buying or wearing bras difficult.

Since many bras are made with fabrics that aren't breathable or moisture-wicking, that just makes the problem worse. You may find that previously comfy bras are now sticking to your chest and trapping moisture next to your body. Since taking multiple daily showers usually isn't feasible, you need something made out of materials that will help you stay cool and dry.

Menopause can also cause some women to gain weight.  Some get it in the midsection, while others find that the weight ends up in their chests.  If that's where you gain weight, you will need a larger bra size than you'd been wearing before. Make sure to measure yourself (or get measured) so you have a better idea if your size has changed and what size you need.  Check this page on getting a bra that fits for more tips on how to find the right size.

Even if you stay the same size, old bras that once fit just fine may now make you miserable. The hormonal fluctuations can lead to swelling, tenderness and soreness (kind of like semi-permanent PMS). Your old bras ride up on your torso, the wires dig into your chest, and the bra sticks to your body.  Banded bras may suddenly either poke you in the ribs or end up too high on your chest.  It's uncomfortable and can make you want to tear the bra off ten minutes after you put it on.

You may also find that you end up with breast tissue that is sagging or deflated and that you need more support than you used to. Once your hormones have stabilized, try this list of bras for sagging breasts.

Since the perimenopause/menopause cycle can go on for years, it's important to be as comfortable as possible while it does.  I've grouped these by feature, but I've listed the size ranges and the appropriate body type at the end of each description.

Stop the Bra Sweat

First, there's the problem of sweating.  Bras made of cotton or moisture-wicking materials will be more comfortable and less sweaty than bras made of standard fabrics.  They won't be labeled for menopause, but the idea behind names like "cooling touch" or "play it cool" is to minimize moisture and discomfort.

Banish the sweat, and keep cooler with one of these bras.

Fruit of the Loom Extreme Comfort Cotton Bra

Cool, comfortable cotton keeps those hot flashes under control. It breathes, it washes well, and it's soft against your skin. A good choice if your skin is sensitive, since it's nearly entirely cotton.

It's bandless so it will also be extra comfortable if you are short or have a larger stomach (banded bras tend to rub, and can be less comfortable if you are swollen).  A wide center panel makes it a good choice if you are wide-set.

Most of the colors are completely smooth, with no lace or trimming to show under clothing (there are two colors, white and beige which have the option of a bit of lace trim along the edges of the cups).

Comes in white, sand, cobalt blue, pink, red, heather gray, and black, plus white and sand with lace. US sizes 34B to 44DD. (average cup)

Maidenform Custom Lift Underwire Bra

Technically, this is a sports bra. But it doesn't look like one.  The cups are made of material which keeps moisture away from your skin (so you won't feel hot and sticky).  There are also mesh panels on the sides.

The cups have padding and push-up for a bit more oompf.  You can wear the straps the standard way or criss-cross. And, if you want,  you can wear it for a light workout too.

Comes in US sizes 34A-38DD in white, hot pink, heather gray, black, and blue. Maidenform tends to run on the small side, so keep that in mind. (average cup)

Wacoal Basic Beauty Spacer T-Shirt Bra

The secret to this bra? Spacer foam. It's knit with little air pockets built right into the fabric to improve circulation and allow more air to pass through the bra (don't worry, nothing shows!).  That makes it much lighter and cooler than the fabric in a standard bra.

There's some padding, but it's still thin and much less bulky than standard t-shirt bras.  The straps are inset and it has a leotard (U-shaped back).  The straps won't slide off (even if you have narrow or sloping shoulders).

Plus, a wide back band and side boning keep lumps and bulges under control. The side support also helps push your tissue forward to keep everything front and center.

This one comes in full bust sizes. So you can get a band as small as 30 and cup sizes from D to G (depending on band size).

Comes in seventeen different colors (!) including beige, taupe, ivory, white, black, blues, pinks, wine, and red US sizes 30D-DDD, 32-40 C-G and 42D-DDD. (full bust/full figure)

Simone Perele Caresse 3D Bra

A bra with smooth foam cups (for modesty), embellished with scalloped floral lace along the bottom and the back of the band. The 3D fabric makes it comfortable and breathable.

The straps are fully adjustable so you can get them just the right length even if you are tall (or have a short upper torso - yes, in this case the same feature works for both ends of the height scale).

It's so comfortable you may forget you are wearing it.

Comes in white, sand, blush, berry, scarlet, french blue, indigo, rose, and black in EU sizes 30-34 C through G; 36 B-F; 38B-38E and 40 B-D. The cups are running a bit big, so you may want to go down a cup size and up a band size. (full bust)

Glamorise Magic Lift Cotton Wireless Support Bra

Soft, cool, breathable cotton! Yay! There are no wires to dig into your stomach or armpits, but this bra still gives great support.  There's a band that wraps around the inside of the cups and connects to the straps (like a super-sling) so you'll get good support and lift even without a wire.

The straps are padded to be more comfortable. It does have horizontal seams, which will give you a more conical shape. If you have trouble with back and side bulges, the tall sides and back will help keep bumps under control.

And, it's pretty too.

UK sizes 38-58 B, C, D, DD, F, G, H, and I in pink and white. (full figure)

Banish the Underwires

If the underwires start to bother you, go for a wire-free bra instead.  There are bras with stronger bands, control top materials and other features that will still give you decent support, even without a wire. And, since there's no wire, there's nothing to dig in or poke tender tissue. As a bonus, these bras are made of cotton or other breathable materials, so you can keep your cool while wearing them.

Bali Double Support Cool Comfort Wire-free Cotton Bra

This bra is 86% cotton, to keep you cool and comfortable. The fabric is slightly stretchy for a more custom fit and it's completely smooth (no seams or bumps to show under your clothes.

It's not a t-shirt or contour bra, so it will mold to your shape (rather than having one of its own). However, it's also double-lined for modesty and better support.

The back has a leotard U-shape so the straps will stay in place and not slide off your shoulders.

Comes in white,  taupe, and heather gray in US sizes 34B-D, 36, 38, 40 B-DDD and 42C-DDD. (average cup/full figure)

Bali Double Support Cool Comfort No Wire Bra

If you prefer a silkier fabric, this bra has the same styling as the cotton bra above. It also comes in more colors and prints as well as a wider variety of sizes.

There's no lining, but the fabric is fairly thick to minimize show-through.  The banded bottom gives a bit of extra lift and support without any wires.  Some of the larger sizes also have boning in the sides for better support. It runs a little big in the cup, so you may want to try a smaller cup size than usual in order to get the right fit.

Comes in 18 colors, including white, ivory, light beige, tan, leopard print, latte, several shades of pink, lace print, red, lavender, and multiple shades of blue in US sizes 34B-DD, 36-44B-DDD, 46-48C-DD. (average cup/full figure)

Olga Play it Cool Wirefree Bra

Keep cool with a bra that won't make you think you'll melt when your temperature spikes.  There's some light padding, but it's not thick or heavy.  The lining pulls moisture away from your skin to keep you comfortable.  The straps are padded for extra comfort.

A plunging neckline and smooth cups allow you to wear this under v-neck t-shirts or thin tops without worrying that anything will show through under your clothes.

Comes in US sizes 36C-44DD in gray/black, almond, pale blue, sea blue, violet, and white. (full figure)

Warner's Play it Cool Wire Free Cooling Racerback Bra

Special material inside the cups of this bra helps keep moisture away from your body and prevents you from getting overheated.  The cups are contoured (molded into a specific shape), so there's no show through and it's smooth under clothing.  It's a racerback and the straps adjust in front, so you don't have to twist and turn to put it on.

It's a low cut wide plunge style, so if you are close-set, this may not be the best choice for you (you may spill over into the middle).

Comes in gray, toasted almond, and white in US sizes 34-40 A-C. (average cup)

Fruit of the Loom Seamed Wirefree Cotton Bra

Entirely cotton, except for a bit of elastic where the straps attach, along the top of the band, and on the tops of the cups (this makes it fit better).  Otherwise, it's just pure, cool, comfort.  There are no wires to poke you.

There's no padding either, but the bottoms of the cups are thicker to prevent show-through. Seaming gives you more lift and a better, more rounded shape.

The high back and sides provide bulge control and keep you looking smooth.

Available in white, beige, and heather gray in US sizes 36D, 38B-D, 40 B-DD, 42B-DD, and 44 C -D (full figure).

Try a Sports Bra

Or, get a sports bra. Since they're are designed to remove moisture, they will keep you cooler. And many don't have a wire to start with. I've listed both underwire and wire free styles below. If you do get the sports bra, sister size to a larger band, smaller cup. It will be more comfortable.

Bali Active Classic Coverage Underwire Sports Bra

Another sports bra that really doesn't look like one.  You can wear it as an everyday bra (even if you don't plan to exercise). Put it on to go to work and then wear it after (or on a weekend) for power walking, yoga or low impact sports.

It's made from breathable, moisture wicking fabric that pulls wetness away from your skin, so you feel cool and comfortable.  The center is wide, so it's better if you are wide set.  There's only a thin underband and the center is arched, which also makes it a good choice if you have a larger stomach.

The straps are pulled in (close set in the back) so there's less chance of slippage.

Comes in white, champagne shimmer, several shades of pink, heather gray, turquoise, fuchsia, lavender, mint, and black in US sizes 32-42 B through DDD. (average cup/full figure)

Wacoal Body by Wacoal Front Close Underwire Bra

This is a sports bra, but it sure doesn't look like it. The sheer panels add a touch of elegance, while the super breathable fabric makes it practical and easy to wear.  Wear it to work, for a night out, or off to the gym for a light workout.

There are no seams to show through your clothes and no bulky padding either, and the racerback won't show under tank tops.  This style is best if you are wide-set, shallow, or tend to point in opposite directions. It's also bandless, which is more comfortable if you have a larger stomach, or if you are bloated.

Get this one in your sister size for better fit (band size up, cup size down).

Available in white, toast, capri blue, red, purple, and black in US sizes 32C-DD, 34-38 B-DD (full bust)

If front closures aren't for you, try the  back closure style.

Leading Lady Womens Cotton Sports Bra

Super comfortable and great for everyday wear or even sleeping. It's a low impact sports bra, with no underwire to dig into tender skin. It's nearly entirely made of cotton too (96%), so it will be cool and comfortable in hot weather or if you get hot flashes. There's no seams to show through your clothes, either. It has a high front, so it's best under jewel neck or turtleneck tops. There's no metal or clasps, just pull it over your head. Another thing, it comes in larger band sizes up to 56 and cup sizes up to G!

Comes in black, blue tie dye, gray, white, blue print, plum, purple, and burgundy floral in US sizes 36B/C/D through 56 DD/F/G. Note that the size listings are doubled on Amazon for some reason. (full figure, large band/small cup).

Champion Curvy Sports Bra

Cute cutouts in front, and an inset strappy design in back gives this bra a fashionable look and feel. The straps adjust so you can get just the right length, and the cups are molded (shaped) so no uni-boob. Most of all, it has both mesh panels (to let the air out) and special moisture wicking technology to keep you dry and comfortable. It's a medium impact bra, so there's more support if you're feeling especially sore. Since there's a regular clasp, it's easy to remove at the end of the day.

Comes in a boatload of colors with contrasting trim, including reds, pinks, blacks, purple, mint, stars, stripes, or just plain black. Sizes XS-XL (roughly US 32A through 38D) (average cup).

Playtex Active Lifestyle 18 Hour Bra

This bra breathes like cotton and won't leave you feeling hot and sweaty. There are no underwires to pinch or poke, and the underband gives soft, gentle support under your breasts.  Slings on the sides of the cups help push you forward and give better definition (no uniboob). The straps are soft and wide for better comfort; they're also inset in back so they won't slip.

US sizes 36B-D, 38B-DDD, 40-42 B-DDD, 44C-DDD, and 46DD in ivory, beige, white, black, and pale lilac. (full figure)

Go for a Bralette

Bralettes have become a big fashion trend, but in this case they are also practical.  They're lighter, less structured, and have no wires by design.  Physics dictates that they are mostly made for smaller busts, but there are a few designed for larger sizes and fuller figures.  These are especially good for leisure wear, when you want some support but not a full-blown bra.

Calvin Klein Womens Modern Cotton Bralette

Made of a soft cotton blend with no wires, hooks, or bulky padding. Just pull it over your head and you're done. The elastic underband helps keep everything in place when you bend over. There are no seams or lace to show under clothing either. Keep in mind that Calvin Klein runs small!

Also since there is no wire, this is a better choice for smaller busts (or just lounging at home if you are larger).

Comes in blues, reds, black, green, white, black, stripes, plus logo prints in sizes XS-L (some colors go up to 3X). (average cup/plus size depending on color).

I have included pictures of both average cup and plus size so you can see how it looks on different body shapes.

Eberjey Pima Cotton Soft Cup Bra

Fashioned from super-soft pima cotton, with only a touch of elastic. It's 92% cotton! There's no decoration, just a tiny lace trim along the edges of the cups.

No wires or slings or bulky padding either, just a light lining for modesty and a touch more support.  This is a great lounging bra on the larger side and just perfect for smaller busts that don't need a lot of support.

Available in white, beige, charcoal, and black in sizes S/M and M/L or 32-36 A-B and 32-34 C.

Leading Lady Plus Size Wirefree Bralette

Perfect for lounging around when you just want a bit of support (and modesty) without a full-blown bra.  Unlike most bralettes, this one comes in larger sizes. It's nearly entirely soft smooth cotton (95%) with just a bit of lace trim around the top and along the bottom of the band.

Think of it as a mini-camisole, with just enough bra for modesty (if you need to answer the door or take out the trash) but no wires or heavy structure.

Comes in blue, white, heather gray, and black in sizes S-3X (roughly US 32A through 54G)

Wacoal B-Smooth Wireless Bra

A bit of a cross between a bralette and a sports bra, with enough support for light exercise, without any wires. There's some padding, but you can take that out if you prefer.  It will also keep you smooth because the sides and back are high, to help combat lumps and bulges.

Wear it around the house, for power walking, or under everyday clothes: it's multifunctional. The material is cooling so it will keep you comfortable when your temperature changes.

Lots of shades of blue, pinks, red, black, gray, wine, lavender, and beige in sizes 32-40 (roughly 32-40A-D) (average cup)

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Post Mastectomy and Surgical Bras for Every Stage of Healing and Recovery

If you've just had a mastectomy, reduction, augmentation, or other chest surgery, you'll need to stop wearing regular bras for a while until you recover.  You will still have to wear a bra (except of course for washing both the bra and yourself) until you heal, but you'll need different post-surgical bras for each stage of recovery. I have broken these down in stages (from initial post-surgical wear to fully healed).

But first, I want to emphasize that I can give bra suggestions, but not medical advice. If you have questions about your operation, healing, or any follow-up procedures or visits, please consult your doctor and follow their advice.

I also want to stress that everyone recovers at a different pace, and you may heal more quickly (or more slowly) than you expect. If you think you have a problem, talk to your physician. It may also help you to seek out support forums to talk about your recovery with other people who have had similar operations. The actual lived experience of surgery and recovery has plot twists that doctors may overlook.

That said, here are some tips on how to navigate the post-surgical bra wearing and buying process.

Start with the bra the doctor gives you. Then, move on to an initial recovery bra with openings or pockets to accommodate your drains. Once you have healed a bit, depending on what type of procedure you had, you can switch from the post-surgery bra with drainage allowance to a soft cup front closure bra or a compression sports bra. Basically, something that's more similar to an everyday bra you would have worn before your operation.

You will likely be more comfortable in a seamless style, as there is less chance of irritation. Look for something breathable, such as a cotton or cotton-blend bra. It may be easier to put on a bra that closes in front, as there is less need to stretch and pull on your incision(s).

You’ll need to avoid wearing underwires for about three months. It’s best not to buy any new underwire bras until you have healed, the swelling has gone down, and you can be sure of your new size and shape (particularly if you had augmentation or reduction). This may take up to six months (everyone recovers differently).

If you had shoulder or rotator cuff surgery, enhancement, reduction, or reconstruction, you can start wearing regular bras when you are fully healed. If you had a mastectomy or lumpectomy, you can purchase bras with pockets for the form(s).

I’ve listed bras by each stage below.

Initial Recovery Post-Surgical Bras (after Chest or Shoulder Surgery, Reduction, Augmentation, Mastectomy, or Reconstruction)

Gentle Touch Post-Surgical Surg-Ease Bra

Made of cotton, with two pockets for drainage pouches (right after surgery). The velcro straps make it easy to put on and take off, as well as to check on healing and your surgical dressing(s).

This is good for breast surgery, rotator cuff surgery, shoulder surgery, or chest surgery. Measure under your bust (or your body size) to get the right size, rather than by cup size.

S-XXXXL (28A-B, 30-32B, 34-36C-D, 36-38D-DD, 42-44DD, 44-46F, 46+) in white or black. The white is available in front hook or front velcro closure).

Elizabeth Post Surgical Bra

This has openings on the sides to allow room for drainage. This is best if that’s where your drains are, if you have an incision in the center of your chest from thoracic surgery, it might not work as well. The straps and the center close with Velcro so it’s easy to get it on and off. The openings at the sides also adjust so you can get them the right width for your drains with squashing them (or yourself). Since the closures are Velcro, you can fine-tune the adjustment without worrying about hooks or fasteners to get the right size, and when the swelling starts to go down.

Comes in pink, sizes S-7X.

Post Surgical Bra Front Closure Mastectomy Bra

If you’ve had a mastectomy, you will need bras with pockets to hold your prothesis. You may find that a front closure bra is more comfortable, and easier to put on. Since it closes in front you don’t have to stretch so much to reach the hooks and fasten them.

Amoena Frances Front Closure Mastectomy Bra

Designed to wear for leisure or sleeping, this bra is super soft, and made from 88% cotton knit. There’s elastic on the top, under the band, and on the straps for a better fit. It won’t provide tons of support, but it’s fine once you’ve passed the drain stage and are ready for a more “standard” bra. It does have pockets for breast forms (if you need them). Those are sold separately. And, it comes in some fun prints and colors too.

Sizes S-2X (32-50A-D) in white, beige, blue snake, navy, black, orchid/white print, taupe lace, gray lace

Annette Post Surgical Bra 10618

Suitable for use after augmentation surgery, reduction, or post-mastectomy. This is a cotton blend bra, which closes in the front, making it easier to put on after your operation. There’s also cotton fabric behind the hooks, so that they don’t touch your skin.

It has a wide band for support and a racerback to help keep the straps from slipping (which is extra helpful when it’s hard to raise your arms). Then, once you’ve recovered, you can keep wearing it as a weekend, lounging bra.

Sizes 34-46 B-DD in beige and black.

Annette Post Surgery Seamless Bra S-129

Made of a special fabric that keeps your skin dry and comfortable and free from irritation. It has mild compression so that you’ll stay in place. The bra closes in front, so it’s easy to get dressed and undressed by yourself. And, the straps adjust in front, making it simpler to get the right length. It’s also absolutely seamless, which will reduce the chance of skin irritation.

There’s a piece of material behind the hooks so that there’s a barrier between the hook and your skin. That will make it more comfortable and minimize chafing. Note that the back and sides are high, and it has a wide band, so it might be uncomfortable if you have a short torso.

Sizes S-XL (32-40B, 32-38C, 32-38D) in beige and black.

Post Surgical Compression Bras

Annette Womens Seamless Bra

This is better for latter stages of recovery, as it is closer to a sports bra. No seams, no wires, and it closes in front. The fabric is a cotton blend that’s comfortable and lightweight. It has light compression to reduce jiggling and discomfort as you move around.

The bra hooks in front, so you don’t have to twist around to put it on or take it off. The sides are high for better support, but they might be a problem if you have a short torso.

Sizes S-XL (approx 32-40B-D) in beige and black.

Amoena Ester Surgical Bra

Looks more like a sports bra and is has a easy on/off front closure. It’s much easier to put on while you are recovering. It has cotton pockets for forms (if you need them; those are sold separately). There are no wires, just a wide underhand which will help keep you from shifting around. There’s mesh along the sides and back to help keep you cooler and more comfortable.

A good option if you need a large band, small cup as it comes in band sizes up to 44 in A and B cup sizes.

Comes in white or black, sizes 34A-D. 36A=DD. 39A-DD. 40-DD, 42A-DD and 44A-D.

Post Surgical Soft Cup Bras

Wacoal Soft Cup 852247

This is a good choice if you are larger than a D or DD cup. While it doesn’t close in front, it is soft, comfortable and gives excellent support without an underwire. There’s no lace or seams to irritate your skin, just a bit of decorative openwork between the cups. This does not have pockets, so it’s not suitable for a mastectomy. It will work if you’ve had reconstruction, reduction, or augmentation.

The fabric is stretchy and breathable for a better fit and greater comfort.

Comes in 34-44 B-DDD in beige (limited sizes in white).

Wacoal How Perfect Soft Cup Bra

Smooth, and made of an exceptionally soft knit fabric. There are no wires to rub against your skin or irritate your incisions. It does have some boning on the sides for better support. The plunge shape won’t show under lower necklines. Keep in mind that if you’re very round the plunge may not be a good option (as you could pop out of the center).

No pockets for prosthetics; this is best for recovery from other types of surgery (reconstruction, augmentation, or reduction).

Comes in beige, pecan, purple, and black in sizes 30-32B-DDD, 34A-DDD, 36A-DD, 38B-D, and 40A.

Post-Mastectomy Bras with Pockets

Anita Allie Womens Cotton Mastectomy Bra

Made nearly entirely of cotton to keep you cool and comfortable on hot days. There are pockets for breast forms, and thin straps that won’t show under clothing. It has a bit of satin trim along the edge of the cups and tiny bows at the bottom of the straps and between the cups. There is a seam across the front (which you can't see too well in this photo), so it's best for thicker tops.

Sizes 32-40A-E and 42A-D in black, white, and beige.

Anita Post-Mastectomy Bra 5349

Now that you’ve recovered, it’s time for a more standard sort of bra. This one has no wires, so it’s comfortable, but the horizontal and vertical seams will give you more lift and support than a seamless bra.

There’s even a touch of embroidery on the cups. The pockets inside are comfy, soft cotton with elastic at the edge to hold the form(s) in place. And, it comes in a variety of colors, as well as band sizes up to 50.

Choose from beige, black, blue, white, red, or ivory. Sizes 32-44 A-F, 46-50 A-D.

Classique Post-Mastectomy Bra

A bit of scalloped lace adds a touch of elegance to this bra. It’s got lace between, over, and under the cups so it looks pretty as well as providing support. The pockets are cotton with a bit of spandex for stretch over your form.

Comes in black, beige, white, and pink in sizes 32-AA-C, 34-42AA-D, 44A-DD

Amoena Lara Seamless Molded Cup Wire free Bra

Sometimes you just need a seamless bra (so it doesn’t show through shirts). This one is smooth, with just a small embroidered appliqué leaf between the cups. In fact, it looks a lot like the sort of bra you probably wore before surgery.

There’s a bit of padding for modesty, rather than size. It does seem to run a bit big, particularly in smaller cup sizes, so keep that in mind.

Comes in black, beige, and white in sizes 32A-C, and 34-40 AA-D.

Amoena Karla Bra with Pockets

A truly pretty mastectomy bra! This one is cut and sewn for better fit and shaping, but has no wires to irritate your skin. The cups are overlaid with lace and there's scalloped lace edging along the bottom of the band. The straps have two petite bows and there's another bow between the cups. Most of all, no more plain Jane bras!

Comes in beige, white, and bright pink in sizes 32A-B, 34-42 A-D.

Royce Caress Georgia Wire Free Pocketed Bra

If you prefer a smoother look (that's still pretty), try this Royce bilateral bra. The cups are smooth, but the bottom and center are lavished with matching lace. It's also partly cotton, so it will be soft and comfortable against your skin.

It has no wires, and there's a pocket in each cup for a prosthesis. And, it comes in a much wider range of sizes than usual, with cups mostly going up to a FF and bands up to 42, including 40 and 42 A cups, which are hard to find!

Comes in black or beige in sizes 32, 34, 36, 38, 40 A-FF and 42A-DD.

Post-Mastectomy Sports Bra with Pockets

If you were active before surgery and want to keep working out, you’ll need a sports bra with pockets for your prosthesis. This will gave you the shape you want, while minimizing sweating and discomfort from exercising.

Keep in mind that sports bras tend to run tighter in the band, so you may want to sister-size up a band size and down a cup size for a more comfortable fit.

Anita Active Front Close Sports Bra 5523

This can do dual service as both a second stage recovery bra or a post-mastectomy workout bra. It has pockets for breast forms and a front closure to make it easier to get it on and off. The fabric is designed to wick moisture away from your body and keep you cooler. The straps have minimal stretch and adjust in front, so you don’t have to take it off to get the right fit.

It comes in both large band/small cup and full bust (the reverse) sizes. There are no wires, just a soft support band under the cups. It has both compression (to keep you in place) and encapsulation (for support), so it will keep everything from moving around whether you are post-op or recovered and out power walking.

EU sizes 32-42 A-E, and 44 A-C in white and black.

Amoena Performance Sports Bra

This one is better for low impact activities such as yoga or a brisk walk (essentially the less bouncing and jumping the lower the impact). There are ventilated and mesh panels in the back, between the cups, and on the sides to minimize wetness and moisture against your skin.

It’s designed as a post-mastectomy bra, so there are pockets for forms (but those are not included with the bra).

EU sizes 32AA-D, 34-42 A-DD in beige and black.