What is chest binding, you ask? Chest (or breast) binding is when you use material to flatten your chest and make it have more of a male appearance. A mix of nylon and spandex is what is commonly used to do this. Transmen use this technique to have a more manly looking chest until they decide to have top surgery, or the removal of one’s breasts. Chest binding can be extremely dangerous if not done correctly. So, I’ve made a list of do’s and don’ts for your benefit.
Do: Make sure your binder is properly washed and clean before wearing.
Don’t: Wear your binder for days without washing.
Do: Measure yourself for the correct binder size and not too small or large of one.
Don’t: Bind your chest with Ace bandages.
Do: Be sure you can breathe while wearing your binder.
Don’t: Wear your binder while working out.
Do: Stretch while wearing your binder so it fits more to your body.
Don’t: Bind for more than 6-8 hours a day.
Wearing a chest binder can be most uncomfortable but for many FTM trans men, it is necessary for being able to make it through the day. If you take care of yourself and your binder, you should be on a good and healthy path. However, if you don’t, you could cause yourself to have problems in the long run. If you have any questions on chest binding, please comment below! There are also some helpful articles out there, I particularly enjoyed this piece.
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