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I recently had a bi-lateral (double) mastectomy. As I still have some swelling, I am supposed to wear a compression camisole or similar compression item. This bra, as it is for high-impact exercise, provides the compression I require and fits like a dream. I was originally concerned about ordering it because everything has cups and I have nothing to fill a cup with. Because it provides compression or support for high impact exercising, it has cups but also sits just fine on my chest without excess bagging. I loved it so much, I ordered 3 more. And, due to limited range of motion, the zipper and hook in front are what originally drew me to this bra. High Five to this item and to Jockey for making it!! I would recommend this bra for anyone, with or without breasts! It has pockets with removable cup pads, which can also be filled with prosthesis for any one having had a mastectomy.
I used this for my recovery from breast surgery- a bilateral lumpectomy- and I feel like this bra is largely responsible for my speedy healing. Sizing: I am a 34C and the chart indicated a Medium which fit as expected Ease of use: It was easy for me to put on myself. I did not have to lift my arms above shoulder height and didn't have to move my arm to far to the back to put on. There is a slide hook in the front middle of the bra that enables you to hold onto the bottom of the bra with one hand while you zip up with the other. Support: I have not run or done any sort of high impact exercise with this bra yet but it held everything in place for the moderate activity which my condition allowed as well as during sleep- I felt supported and held together which really minimized pain and I feel sped up healing. There are also removable pads that are in a covered pocket in the front that offered and additional layer of protection and support for my surgical sites Comfort: There were no rough edges or chafing- the end of the zipper did not rub or chafe below (it seemed to tilt up away from the skin a bit upon wearing- not sure if that will be the case for everyone). I did sleep in the bra- I usually don't sleep in a bra so this was not the most comfortable experience- it was a bit restrictive, but as the alternative was pain, I had to appreciate how at least I could change sleep positions painlessly. Also the bra did not cause any additional discomfort from rubbing or digging in during sleep. Quality: It seems to be well made and does not seem cheap or flimsy in its construction. The pads will shift and crinkle if washed without removing from the bra before washing- I would have preferred them sewn in but I guess this offers an option of not using them. I've only owned two weeks so can't speak to durability but will update.
I was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and I had a lumpectomy and it was recommended to only wear sports bras and even sleep in them the next few weeks until I healed. This bra is soft and easy to put on with any aches and pains. Washes nice and dies not shrink. It cones in many colors and has removeabke inserts.
After having major breast reconstruction surgery, I found myself in desperate need of a compression bra that I could live in for the many weeks of healing time ahead. I ordered several different bras with the features I need most. These particular features are: stretchy fabric that will provide superior support and compression while maintaining absolute comfort (since I need to wear the bra 24/7 except for showers) and allowance for drains in each breast. I also required a front closure and found this bra has a wonderful little clip that holds the bra together while you wrestle with the zipper. Yes, I had many special moments trying to zip the bra up!!
However, if I rate the wrestling factor between 1-10, 10 being the easiest, this bra would rate a solid 8, compared to the bra my surgeon sent me home in, it having front hook and eye closure with a wrestling factor of a very stressful 1. The two other styles of bras that I’ve purchased are similar to the hook and eye closure in the front, as well as the stress of putting these things on. Agh! Forget it.
So back to this bra….i found the sizing listed with the bra purchase info to be off a bit. My size is not even listed so I went with what I normally wear. It was very small. I used it because I needed it but found myself wriggling and pulling at it and the need to take it off completely unless I wanted to scream. It was little, but honestly everything else about the bra was nice so I ordered one size up for the next delivery and I could not be happier with it.
I should also note that it has removable pads inside the bra. They come out easily and can be replaced just as easily. They are nice to have if you want a little extra coverage while wearing thin-material shirts or dresses.
One other note on this bra, I haven’t had any problems with the zipper coming down or sliding off at all, even with the smaller sized bra I have, but I did make sure that I locked the zipper once the bra was on.
I hope this helps others in their decision on whether or not to purchase this bra.
This is really a nice bra. The zipper does lie flat, and it looks fine under clothing (saw a review of a similar item wherein the user complained the zipper would not lie flat). I had the opportunity to try this on at a Jockey store, so I knew which size to order from Amazon. I purchased this so I could put on a bra myself after shoulder surgery, and it made getting dressed so much easier. I would recommend this also if you have arthritis. If you are a 36D, you should be able to fit into a large if you want some compression. If you simply want something comfortable, an X-large MIGHT work well for you. That being said, I'm not certain above a D cup would work well compression-wise, but it will work for comfort. This bra has a hook inside the center of the zipper that possibly is meant to keep the zipper from loosening. I find it very cumbersome, but I have no problem or discomfort leaving the hook undone. After quite a few washes (hand as well as the delicates cycle), I now have issues with inadvertent unzipping when I lean over. The hook does help a bit, but it will still unzip half-way. There is a very nice length of fabric beneath the zipper to protect your skin. I read reviews of similar items that complained about the zipper pinching, so this bra also has that as an advantage over the others. If you have not been fitted for a bra in a while, it would be worth your while to look up the instructions how to measure yourself. Cup sizes have gotten larger, much like women's clothing sizes have become smaller. I like this bra so much, I have one in every color in two different sizes. I have thrown out all of my old racerback bras, as they are so hard on my shoulders to put on.
I tried a few different options for post mastectomy bras, and this one was by far the best. It runs very small. I was 34a Pre-surgery and had to size up to a large; plenty of compression in the large. May be able to get away with Medium longer term and for working out, but medium was too tight post surgery. Prefer this bra over the wayanou and fruit of the loom. I haven’t had any issues with the zipper, so that may be more of an issue if you have a larger bust.
I'm a 34D and ordered a medium. It's perfect! It is super comfortable. I just had a lumpectomy and lymph node removed and needed a bra like this for recovery. It is supportive enough to minimize discomfort, but not so restrictive that it would compromise healing. It's soft and doesn't cut in anywhere. The hook closure is a nice bonus that makes it much easier to zip. It's also attractive and gives me a nice shape. The only negative is that it would not be nearly supportive enough for a run or intense workout if you've got a bigger bust, but that's not what I bought it for anyway. I'm heading for a double mastectomy now, so I ordered the small too. I will update later. I'm recovering now from mastectomy. I had ordered the smaller size thinking my chest would be smaller without breasts (logical, right?). But nope. Home two and half days now and the larger size I bought is painfully tight because of all the swelling. My advice would be to order for your current size, and one size larger for after the procedure if you are having the same/ similar operation. I'm ordering the large now.