Transgender people who are born with breast wear binders to flatten their chests.
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Binding is safe when it is done properly.
So avoid wearing your binder for more than 6-8 hours and never bind with tape or bandages.
Binders can help transgender people feel less dysphoric (disconnected from their body). Binders are used to flatten an individuals chest. Some transgender people wear them while others don't.
There are many different kinds of binders. FLAVNT, GC2B, and Underworks are some of the most common. Though you can also use a compression shirt or compression sports bra.
It is not recommended that you wear your binder for more than 6-8 hours, with many breaks in between when possible. Definitely don't wear your binder while you exercise, but do remember to stretch.
1. Attach two pieces of the Velcro/Zipper/Buckle.
2. Turn the binder inside out
3. Place the binder inside a washing net and zip up the washing net
4. Wash the binder on low to Medium Spin in the washing machine
5. When washing cycle is finished, hang the binder in ventilated area
*Do Not Tumble Dry*
*To ensure longer lifespan of your binders, it is always best to hand wash them.
Using ace bandages is not recommended because it is unsafe. While binders are made to allow for movement, duct tape and ace bandages are meant to restrict movement. This lack of movement can restrict or stop your breathing and can also bruise or break your ribs.
Many transgender people purchase their binders online.
Underworks, GC2B, and FLAVNT, are just a few brands that sell binders.
There are a few alternatives to consider when you can not afford a binder.
Don't use ace bandages or duct tape.
You can use sports compression bras. By putting them on backwards it can help flatten the chest. These are inconspicuous and can be layered to create a more masculine appearance. Remember the goal is not to have a perfectly flat chest, this is dangerous.
You can also ask other transgender people if they can donate a binder to you. Supporting Transvivor also helps provider binders as a part of a starter kit to LGBTQ+ youth in need. Some LGBT Centers will have binders to donate to people in the community. While it takes the longest and is not for everyone, working out your chest can reduce your chest size and helps you build muscle.
FLAVNT is the only binder at this time that makes swimming binders. Some people recommend getting a binder a size up for swimming. Exercising in a binder can be restricting, so a compressing sports bra is recommended instead.
It's best to put a binder on like a shirt. Some try to step into their binders but this stretches out the material and limits its lifespan. It is easiest to unroll the back before the front when putting them on.
For taking a binder off long binders can be folded up in half and then taken off. If you need just ask a friend. No one enjoys being stuck in a bind. For short binders just pull it off from the sides and pull it upwards. This limits the amount of stretching that the binder endures.
Getting a properly sized binder is important in this area. When in doubt go a size bigger. A binder can be uncomfortable, but if it is ever painful you should take it off and seek a medical professional.
For most people that wear binders it can help lessen the feeling of dysphoria which makes it more comfortable to wear.
That decision is for you to make. Both flatten your chest.
Half top binders stop right under your "breasts" and full binders are long enough to be tucked in under your pants.
Some pros of the half binder are that it is not as warm to wear and they are usually cheaper.
Cons: They can roll up at the bottom or if you have a bigger chest they may not compress as well.
Pros of full tanks: They do not ride up as often. They can also make you look more square because they flatten your stomach.
Cons: They are very warm and can be a hassle to tuck into your pants.
Binders are sized differently by each company. You should measure the largest part of your chest to determine your binder size.
Don't wear your binder if you are sick or if you have experienced any chest pain as binding could make this worse.
Also avoid sleeping in a binder as your chest needs to have a break once in a while. Be cautious when exercising or swimming.
It is best not to sleep in a binder. It can make it very painful to wear a binder. Most people who sleep in binders report needing the next day to rest from using a binder after sleeping in one.
Yes, you can wear your binder on a plane. Things to consider though are going through security and how long the flight will be. If the flight is going to be long consider not wearing a binder or drinking plenty of water and moving around often while on the plane. As for airport security, a binder can make your chest appear very dense on their monitors. If you have a fear of security it's best to be prepared to be stopped or leave the binder in your bag.
Don't double bind. This can lead to more problems than it is worth. Remember you are not trying to achieve a totally flat body.
If your binder is leaving more bumps on the edges you can move your body around and pull your chest towards your sides (armpits) to help flatten out your chest. Remember to breathe and stretch often.
No, take it off. Go to a doctor if it persists.
See a Doctor ASAP.
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Sit up straight and stretch. With your arms above your head take a deep breath and exhale through your mouth. Cough from your chest to expand your lungs. Make sure nothing hurts and take a break when you need to.
Take care of your fine self.
Like taking a hot bath.
A wet binder is a tight binder. A tight binder is no fun. It's best to get a binder that is specifically for swimming or use a compression swim shirt.
Also do be careful when putting on a binder after a shower or bath. Wet skin is more easily irritated with a binder.
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