Amoena, worldwide leader in post-breast surgery products, provides insights and advice
ATLANTA, May 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Buying a bra - especially one for jogging or other athletic activities - is a frustrating experience for many women. For women who have had breast surgery - whether for cancer or another procedure - it can be especially challenging.
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With a number of breast cancer walks and runs scheduled for spring and summer, not to mention swimsuit season around the corner, finding just the right sportswear is important. Amoena, the worldwide leader of post-breast surgery products, provides bras, swimwear and other apparel to help women after breast surgery. The company also helps to train and educate bra fitters (fit specialists) to help women find the ideal bras and sportswear for their unique body types and daily activities.
"We want to make sure that every woman has a bra that properly supports them while they engage in a fun and enjoyable exercise regimen," said Valerie Esquilla, product manager for Breast Forms and Textiles for Amoena. "Studies show that exercise is one of the best choices women can make to fight depression, improve their overall health and regain their confidence after breast surgery. We want to encourage women - whether they've exercised before or not - to find some activity they enjoy - and get out there and do it!"
So how can women who have had breast surgery find the best bra for their needs? Here are five simple tips from Esquilla and Amoena fit specialists.
- Remember that fit is everything! Many women find that their body changes considerably after surgery. Even if you have prostheses or implants that indicate one size, your bra size may vary depending on the style. Let a trained fit specialist measure you to find the best possible bra style and size.
- Find a comfortable bra. Even if the bra is your size, or appears to fit, if it isn't comfortable, chances are you won't keep up your exercise routine. Try on the bra, and then mimic some of the movements you might engage in during exercise. If it is uncomfortable in the fitting room, it will definitely not be comfortable when you are at your highest activity level.
- Ensure you feel confident in your bra. Wear your exercise attire to the fitting. If you bend over and "show a little more skin" than you want, consider buying a different style of clothing. You may also want to wear shirts that are more fitted around your waist so they won't ride up while exercising. "You don't want to feel self-conscious when you exercise," says Penni Pitre, a breast cancer survivor from Phoenix, AZ and a self-proclaimed jazzercise fanatic.
- Check for balance and symmetry across the chest - especially if you've had a full or partial mastectomy or lumpectomy. Wider shoulder straps are important to help balance the weight of your breasts and provide greater comfort. Pay special attention to the shoulder area. Make sure the bra isn't pulling or adding too much weight for your shoulders. And remember that if one breast is a different size, there are "symmetry shapers" that can help to ensure balance.
- Make adjustments as necessary. As you exercise your body will likely change again. If in a few months your bra isn't providing the support and comfort you need, go back to your fitter to see what adjustments can be made. You may not need a new bra; simple alterations may suffice.
Esquilla cautions that when you do begin exercising, to start slowly and don't get discouraged. If you haven't exercised for several months, get your doctor's approval first, and then gradually ease into your new routine. Some initial discomfort and tenderness after surgery is normal. "Keep trying, but if you remain sore or overly tired after a few tries, be sure to contact your physician," says Esquilla.
Trained Amoena fit specialists are available at leading intimate apparel boutiques, hospitals and high-end retailers such as Nordstrom's. Click here for more information about the newest styles in sports bras.
For 30 years, Amoena has helped millions of women enjoy fuller lives by providing the highest quality post-breast surgery products to breast cancer survivors. In addition, Amoena works with its retail partners to negotiate with health insurance plans to appropriately reimburse breast forms and supplies. For more information, visit www.amoena.us or call 800-926-6362.
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