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Bra Basics

The wrong bra size can lead to sagging breasts, poor posture, back pain and more. Test your bra smarts with our quiz.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

The cup size of the average American woman is the size of THIS fruit.

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The correct answer is: The average American's bra size is a 36C, and the C-cup is the size of an apple.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

A large bust size can make exercising difficult and painful. How much do two D-cup breasts weigh?

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The correct answer is: A pair of D-cup breasts can weigh up to 20 pounds, the equivalent of carrying around two small turkeys. A good bra is the best remedy for large breasts.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

Which bra fit is the most comfortable?

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The correct answer is: While loose-fitting T-shirts and sweatpants are most comfortable for lazy Sundays, loose-fitting bras are a no-go. Find a firm-fitting bra that will not shift on your body with wear and evenly distributes the weight from your bust line for greater comfort.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

Which move helps you determine if you're wearing the right bra size?

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The correct answer is: 85% of women wear the wrong bra size. To check yours, lift your right hand up in the air, and use your left hand to feel beneath the breast. If you feel any breast hanging beneath the bra, you are wearing the incorrect bra size.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

True or false: A poorly fitted bra can change the shape of your breasts over time.

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The correct answer is: This is true. A poorly fitted bra can change the shape of your breasts over time. Unsupported breasts actually sag faster. Many lingerie and department stores offer professional, free fittings, so ask for someone to take your measurements and get a fit that will keep your breasts in shape for years.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

True or false: Sleeping in a bra is harmful to your breast health.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Sleeping in a bra will not cause a woman to develop cancer, nor will it stunt a developing girl's breast growth. Many women also mistakenly believe that sleeping in their bras will prevent sagging, but, according to Dr. Oz, this will not make breasts perkier or prevent them from sagging.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

Which of these helps prevent breasts from sagging?

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The correct answer is: Simple push-ups are the best fix for the dreaded droop. That's because as the chest muscles become tighter, they hold the breasts higher and provide a perkier appearance.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

Where does most of your bra's support come from?

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The correct answer is: When it comes to support, look for a bra with a firm band around the body, since 90% of the support comes from the band, not the straps. You know you're wearing the wrong sized band if it rides up in the back and pushes up your skin.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

You measured around the bottom of your band and it's 31 inches. What is your band size?

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The correct answer is: For band size, measure your rib cage just beneath your breasts, keeping the measuring tape level and snug. Round up to the nearest whole number. If the number is odd, add one inch.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

How can you check for a proper fitting band?

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The correct answer is: The bra band should be firm, but not too firm. Make sure you can fit only two fingers underneath it and that it's lower than -- or level with -- the bodice of the bra.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

What should you do if your bra band feels tight?

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The correct answer is: If the bra band feels tight, a larger cup size is needed.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

What cup size are you if the difference between your band size and your bust size is two inches?

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The correct answer is: After you measure your band size, measure around the biggest part of your breasts, usually over the nipple. Make sure the tape is level all the way around your bust. Subtract your band measurement from your bust measurement to find your cup size. If the difference between your bust and band size is less than 1 inch, your cup size is AA; if it's one inch, your cup size is A; if it's two inches, your cup size is B; if it's three inches, your cup size is C; if it's four inches, your cup size is D.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

How should the fabric between the cups fit?

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The correct answer is: The fabric between the cups should lie flat against your skin.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

True or false: Underwire bras have been linked to breast cancer.

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The correct answer is: This is false. There are a number of misconceptions about what can cause breast cancer. These include, but are not limited to, using deodorant, wearing an underwire bra, having a miscarriage or bumping or bruising breast tissue. None of these factors has been shown to increase a woman's risk of breast cancer.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

Which of the following is a sign you need a new bra?

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The correct answer is: Head to your favorite lingerie store whenever the straps or band of your bra become stretched out so you can't wear it comfortably.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

What does it mean if you have strap lines on your shoulders?

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The correct answer is: According to bra expert Susan Nethero, founder of Intimacy, if you have strap lines on your shoulder, you should probably go down a band size and up a cup size.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

Which of these bras should a woman with a large breast size wear?

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The correct answer is: Women with larger bust sizes should try a full cup without any padding for maximum coverage.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

Which style is best for small-chested women?

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The correct answer is: Small-chested women should shop for a demi-style (half-cup) to look fuller up top.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

True or false: Cotton is the best material for a sports bra.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Cotton generally stays wet when you sweat and can get cold, so look instead for synthetic blends made from high-tech fabrics that can wick moisture away from your body.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

How should you wash a bra?

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The correct answer is: Put all of your delicates in a lingerie bag, and remember to clasp bras together so they don't snag other items. Wash your delicates on the gentle cycle and let them air dry.

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