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Old 12-04-05, 10:47 PM
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I'm not sure how to ask this, but ladies can you help me?

First off I hope this is in the correct forum, secondly I hope no one is offended by my question. Third, I did several searches and could not find an answer.

I have a member of my family that has a very hard time finding undergarments that give proper support. When riding on anything other than smooth pavement there is considerable upper body movement. This movement, after a period of time, causes some discomfort. The problem is the cup size of many sportbras are just too small. This member has a hard time even in department stores as the correct sizing should be something along the lines of 32F/32G. Does anyone know of a brand of sportbra that would fit someone of that stature? Or, if there are other ample riders out there, how do you handle this situation?

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Here are some websites to check out.
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I hate to give this response, since it really isn't what you've asked for, but has she considererd breast reduction surgery? Many cases insurance will cover it. I know a woman who was a 36ff + she had the surgery and now is a 36d and can now acutally buy bras. A side benifit is that she is now very pert. She wanted them smaller, but the plastic surgen did not listen or thought that if he made them too small they would not look right. Now the person pops them out at a moments notice to show off.

Can't breast feed after the operation. The nipples are "moved" up and that is a strange concept to the uninitiated.

I also know a physician who had her's proactivley removed since breast cancer runs in her family. I'd at least think about the reduction surgery, especially if she hunches over, has "dents" in her shoulders caused by the straps, back problems, neck aches, etc.
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My gf's a 34DD and the only bra that works well is one from Nike I think. I'll check with her tonight but I'm pretty sure it's Nike.
She can go RUNNING in those and they keep em in, so I don't see how cycling would even be a problem...
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Originally Posted by slvoid
My gf's a 34DD and the only bra that works well is one from Nike I think. I'll check with her tonight but I'm pretty sure it's Nike.
She can go RUNNING in those and they keep em in, so I don't see how cycling would even be a problem...

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He already had pics of her on the FOO!!
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Originally Posted by slagjumper
I hate to give this response, since it really isn't what you've asked for, but has she considererd breast reduction surgery? ...
Not possible yet, most insurance companies will not cover this surgery if the patient is under 18. We are considering this option for the future. Thanks for the suggestion anyway
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Originally Posted by snowy
Here are some websites to check out.
www.title9sports.com
www.terrybicycles.com
Thanks the Title Nine site had some options that might work, Terry on the otherhand falls victim to the convention that bras are pretty much a few sizes fit all sizes.
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Originally Posted by snowy
He already had pics of her on the FOO!!
HAD...
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Originally Posted by WheresWaldo
Not possible yet, most insurance companies will not cover this surgery if the patient is over 18. We are considering this option for the future. Thanks for the suggestion anyway
Don't give up on this. Our insurance eventually covered my wife's breast reduction, due to the other problems it was causing to her back and neck.

It did require a few meetings with the insurance officials. Tenacity is required!
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Originally Posted by WheresWaldo
Not possible yet, most insurance companies will not cover this surgery if the patient is over 18. We are considering this option for the future. Thanks for the suggestion anyway
You'd think it'd be cheaper to opt for reduction surgery than to pay for lower back therapy for the rest of her life..
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Originally Posted by WheresWaldo
Not possible yet, most insurance companies will not cover this surgery if the patient is over 18. We are considering this option for the future. Thanks for the suggestion anyway
Say wha? My wife had one at age 31 and had no trouble getting insurance approval despite estimated tissue removal that was below the ins. co's "minimum" (and ultimately having even less tissue removed than that estimate). The key was documenting the problems the big girls caused - difficulty finding bras, arms going numb in her sleep, grooves in shoulders, people staring, sore back, you name it. We did have a $1000 co-pay, but plenty of people pay nothing at all.

I'll certainly vouch for the post-surgery perkiness...

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Originally Posted by slagjumper
I hate to give this response, since it really isn't what you've asked for, but has she considererd breast reduction surgery? ....Can't breast feed after the operation. The nipples are "moved" up and that is a strange concept to the uninitiated.

This is not a minor point...younger women may not have decided when/whether to have children, and may not be educated about vastly superior benefits to the infant of breast feeding over bottle feeding. Breast reduction surgery is an extremely drastic procedure when you take that into account.
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Nike bras are a joke, I'm a 34 DD and have tried every one they make. Nothing comes close the the Enell for support. It's painful at first, but you adjust. It's 20% lycra (normal sports bras are 5-10%) and has 11 hooks and eyes (normal bras have 2-3).

http://www.enell.com/cowgirl.jpg

I'm not sure why the're going with the soft porn style ads...
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Originally Posted by cooker
This is not a minor point...younger women may not have decided when/whether to have children, and may not be educated about vastly superior benefits to the infant of breast feeding over bottle feeding. Breast reduction surgery is an extremely drastic procedure when you take that into account.
It's also not entirely true - it depends on how drastic the reduction is. In many cases the nipple does not need to be completely detached to be relocated, but can remain attached to a "stalk" of nerves, blood vessels, and milk duct connections. In very large reductions (several pounds of material removed) a free nipple graft is common, though. There are different reduction techniques, too - SPAIR, LeJour, traditional "anchor incision," and others. It's something to discuss with the doctor.

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My gf's been jogging in her Nike (if it is indeed nike, I have to check tonight) bra for months w/o a problem. A bra designed properly at the right size should have less lycra. 1/4 lycra would be VERY stretchy and flimsy. I've been thinking about designing my own bra with a carbon fiber shell that's a molded a lot better than the cheezy steel wires they use to provide more support. Who's with me!

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Nike bras are a joke, I'm a 34 DD and have tried every one they make. Nothing comes close the the Enell for support. It's painful at first, but you adjust. It's 20% lycra (normal sports bras are 5-10%) and has 11 hooks and eyes (normal bras have 2-3).

http://www.enell.com/cowgirl.jpg

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Originally Posted by WheresWaldo
Not possible yet, most insurance companies will not cover this surgery if the patient is over 18. We are considering this option for the future. Thanks for the suggestion anyway
Sorry, what I meant to say was under 18 was not covered.
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Originally Posted by WheresWaldo
Not possible yet, most insurance companies will not cover this surgery if the patient is under 18. We are considering this option for the future. Thanks for the suggestion anyway
Jeeze, the poor girl. What does insurance expect, them to get smaller as she ages?

My aunt had the reduction done and loves the result.

Title 9 has a good selection.
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Originally Posted by slvoid
My gf's been jogging in her Nike (if it is indeed nike, I have to check tonight) bra for months w/o a problem. A bra designed properly at the right size should have less lycra. 1/4 lycra would be VERY stretchy and flimsy. I've been thinking about designing my own bra with a carbon fiber shell that's a molded a lot better than the cheezy steel wires they use to provide more support. Who's with me!
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sports bras - www.enell.com

It takes awhile to get one but they are the best for well-endowed females.
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Thanks everyone for the suggestions. I looked over enell and agree it is a great place to start.It is too bad the sports apparel industry is just getting around to thinking that well-endowed women need to exercise too!

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Originally Posted by slvoid
My gf's been jogging in her Nike (if it is indeed nike, I have to check tonight) bra for months w/o a problem. A bra designed properly at the right size should have less lycra. 1/4 lycra would be VERY stretchy and flimsy. I've been thinking about designing my own bra with a carbon fiber shell that's a molded a lot better than the cheezy steel wires they use to provide more support. Who's with me!
Yeah, I was thinking the same thing. Add some carbon-fibre to the shell so it's not too stretchy, but still flexible to contour to the body. That enell thing looks bulletproof!
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Does anyone else find the 4th person in that line up really creepy?
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Does anyone else find the 4th person in that line up really creepy?
Not so much. But I do find the button that says "Click to enlarge" very amusing.
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