Getting a binder

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  • l miller

    Hi Shiloh

    I know it can be tough to deal with parents don't understand what it's like to be trans, and I promise that it will get better.

    In the meantime, I'd suggest sitting them down and explaining to them why this means so much to you and try to help them understand. Answer all of their questions that you can while remaining calm and level headed (easier said than done). It sounds to me that they are just worried for your health and well-being, and they might not fully grasp what exactly your needs are. Help them help you.

    Sports bras are certainly not ideal but there are some tricks to make them work. Layering one sports bra on normally and another one on top facing backwards is a little uncomfortable but will give you some flatness. TomboyX is a good brand to buy bras from. You can also try going a size or two down, but doing so could have a negative impact on your ribs and chest tissue, so always bind with caution.

    Binding compresses the chest tissue, ribs, and ultimately the lungs. If your asthma is exercise-induced, I would strongly advise against binding while exercising. Even for someone with normal lungs this can cause shortness of breath and breathing problems. Try starting with a larger size binder and see how it affects your breathing, if it causes any severe problems. Your health is your #1 priority and breathing should always come before binding.

     

    Safe travels, friend.

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