So here's the tea. I was born a girl , but I fulling identify as a male. So in order to feel myself I wear a binder ( a chest compression device). I wear my binder for the recommended 5-6 hours a day. On school days ( bc I'm only 16) I put it on first thing in the morning and take it off first thing when I get home. But my chest still have a very achey pain to it. I do take it off all weekends when I can wear three or four layers. It's becoming very hard to feel my self bc of this pain. I fear that bc of the binder( which is the right size) will hurt my chances of having a good top surgery (removal of breasts) results Anyone have tips or tricks the relieving compression pain ( that's what I'm calling it IDK if this pain has a name already). It would help so much.
Gray, I'm sorry I can't offer any suggestions on helping this pain. I'm a middle aged well-endowed woman. Just wearing full figure bras become painful to me on my chest wall. I go braless when I can. So I can't imagine binding your breast would feel good. Have you spoken to your doctor to see if the binding can cause scar tissue, & can it affect surgery outcome? Hopefully others who see this post might have suggestions that are helpful. Hugs love & prayers you find what you need! 🙂❤🙏🌼
Gray,my cousin identifys as a male,and I can only give u tips on what he does to stop or reduce the pain that’s his binder gives him! The first method he would use is wearing a sports bra or multiple (depending on your size) And another method he uses is taking a break from it for a few days,to relive the stress!
Most ppl don’t want to take the binder off for a few days but he sais it can rlly help! I would definetly recommend taking it off for a few days (if your comfortable with that)
Hi Gray, The good thing is you're wearing the right size binder but please make sure you re-measure every month as you can change size quite quickly especially in your teens. I also bind and can give you some hints and tips for parenting it causing any damage to your body and subsequent chances of a good top surgery result.
So, when you put your binder on the first thing you should do is some stretches, deep breaths (if it hurts to take deep breaths the binder has gotten to small) and some coughs (yes coughs!). When you wear a binder it causes very small amounts of fluid to build in your lungs, by coughing you prevent this from building up over time as you will either cough it out or swallow it in the process. The stretches help to make sure you're binder is positioned correctly and it makes sure you can take nice deep breaths.
Also, when you put your binder on, do you reposition your chest? If so do you go down and out? Up and in? Do you position them to how they naturally sit? I ask this because binding can cause the skin to stretch and this is one of the things that can affect top surgery results.
Going back, you should also repay the coughing and stretching once every hour while you have your binder on and when you take it off.
There's plenty more I can go through and I'll try to find a good picture of the stretches (EDIT: See the arched image for the stretches). Also, I'm here if you ever need someone to talk to 🙂