Wearing a bra was something I always took for granted, until cancer took my breasts and I couldn’t actually wear one. Then I had prothesis and had to wear an all together ‘different type’ of bra. Fast forward a few years and the amazing surgeons created new boobs from my back and now I’m back wearing ALL the pretty bras.
The bra I want to talk about today isn’t all that pretty (actually, not pretty at all), but I’m not sorry and I’m sharing it anyway because man, it’s magical ways are a lifesaver. For the last month I’ve been wearing the ‘Lymph o Fit’ bra and I absolutely know there’s ladies in my community who will want to know about this bra.
When can Lymphoedema occur?
Lymphoedema can occur after breast augmentation, mastectomy, partial mastectomy, breast reduction or breast reconstruction. It can be painful, uncomfortable and embarrassing. Sometimes it raises its ugly heard straightaway but it can also come on years after surgery.
Post breast surgery for breast cancer I also had all of my lymph nodes in one arm pit removed, I didn’t even really know what a lymph node did before cancer invaded me but boy oh boy I sure do these days.
What is a lymph node anyway?
They are basically a drainage system for your body, clearing toxins and fluid and doing good stuff and now I don’t have them I’m in all sorts of pain on a regular basis. Teamed with the loss of the nodes on my left side PLUS four surgeries on the ‘same side’ I get lymphoedema. This means I get swelling in my arm, chest, back and side caused by the build up of fluid and toxins in my bodies tissues…crappy times.
To combat the pain and release the fluid and toxins I rely on massage, physio and at times compression bandages. The bandages are so freakin hot, not stylish and draw unwanted attention so I tend to steer clear of them. Massage is expensive, for me I pay around $120 a pop (I know right!), so when other options come up that can offer relief i’m all ears. Enter Sue from Buxom Envy who asked me to road test the ANITA Lymph O Fit bra, ummm, I was all like ‘yes please’!
What the Lymph O Fit bra offers
The Lymph O Fit bra is designed to give relief to the wearer, it’s made from a special fabric that is burled (think tiny nodules) which gently massages the breast, chest, back and side. It’s also offers gentle compression and with front opening is easy to get on and off.
There’s internal breast support, moulded cups, adjustable wide straps and a soft under band but my favourite feature is the wide back and wide band under the arm. The wider band on the back ensures optimum compression and comfort. When I’m in pain it’s across my back, under my arm, across my chest and if it gets real bad the pain radiates down my arm.
Excuse the pic of me in the black, selfie pic means sloped shoulders and weird angle 🙂
How to wear
I’ve worn this bra a lot but was advised ‘not to wear it too much’ as the massage action can have the reverse effect. I have found I can wear it comfortably for up to three days in a row but tend to wear it two days on and two days off when I need relief.
I do find that when I travel on a plane or in a car for long periods of time (more than 2 hours) I’m in all kinds of pain as my arm is in one position for too long. On a recent road trip getaway with the huz I wore the Lymph O fit bra and definitely noticed the difference, in fact I couldn’t get over it! I also notice the difference when I wear the bra on stinking hot days, the heat can amplify the swelling and pain but it’s definitely reduced when I strap on this magic bra.
I do have to choose my outfits carefully when I wear it as I have the black version and I like to have the wider straps ‘out of sight’. While there’s no underwire I immediately feel held in and supported, it feels all kinds of good! For those who like choice the bra is available in black, white and nude and in sizes
The Lymph O Fit bra is a little pricey at $198RRP. Buxom Envy can organise pockets to be sewn into the cups for women who wear prothesis, pockets are $31 each and cost of sewing is $20-25.
With what I pay in massage I can totally justify the price, especially as it can reduce the amount of physio and massage appointments I have. There’s really no price I can put on pain relief and quality of life and this bra give me both. Oh, check with your health funds too as I believe there is a rebate available.
If you think the Lymph O Fit bra might be for you I recommend a professional fitting, if you’re in SA then book a fitting HERE or message them via their Facebook Page HERE. Some state breast care services, nationwide physios and lympoedema clincs will also stock the Anita Lymph O Fit bra.
I truly hope some ladies out there find some relief like I have.
Til next time,
product gifted to me for editorial consideration in accordance with my disclosure policy
Lymphoedema is a medical condition and I am not a doctor, what works for me may not work for you. Seek professional care and specialists opinion.