Breast Health Research

Previous participant experiences

Participant 1

Bra size

36E

What made you want to participate in the breast research at the University of Portsmouth?

I wanted to try on different sports bras as I was unsure which style and type to purchase.

How did you find the experience?

Running without a bra was painful but testing the different types of bras was good and I learnt a lot about how a bra should fit.

What would be your advice be to anyone thinking of being a participant in the breast research at the University of Portsmouth?

It is a good experience especially if you want to find a really good sports bra.


Participant 2

Bra size

32D

What made you want to participate in the breast research at the University of Portsmouth?

Friends had participated beforehand, and I just found the whole idea interesting – it's something different to pass the time! Having worked with some of the technology the team used myself, I was curious to see it used in a different capacity.

How did you find the experience?

I found it fine, if slightly odd at first! I wouldn't think there are many women who are used to running half-naked on a treadmill in front of other people, but once you get past the initial weirdness, it's not at all uncomfortable.

The room was locked and there were no windows in the room, so there was no fear of being walked in on, and the two female researchers were both really helpful and friendly. There was a screen for changing behind, and when it came to sticking on the reflectors used for the cameras, I placed them myself.

Even the running isn't much to worry about, if like me you're not the fittest of people! All the running is in short bursts, nothing Olympic standard – the worst part is probably the test without a bra. For obvious reasons, it's less than pleasant, but if a few of us have to endure a couple of minutes of that in order for the rest of womankind to exercise comfortably, then so be it!

What would be your advice be to anyone thinking of being a participant in the breast research at the University of Portsmouth?

If you're considering taking part, then I say go for it. You can think of it as doing your bit for science – the research is no doubt very useful for the study and as I said, it's actually interesting to see the results on the computer screen afterwards. You'll never have given so much thought as to the movement of your breasts as you will do afterwards!


Participant 3

Bra size

32 F

What made you want to participate in the breast research at the University of Portsmouth?

I chose to participant in the research being completed at the university because it is of a personal interest and am hoping it helps manufacturers produce higher standard sports bras.

How did you find the experience?

Experience was pleasant, the researchers were really friendly.

What would be your advice be to anyone thinking of being a participant in the breast research at the University of Portsmouth?

Don't be worried about the test procedure at all, the researchers are so lovely you don't feel uncomfortable at all and its over before you know it!


Participant 4

Bra size

34B

What made you want to participate in the breast research at the University of Portsmouth?

I have always found it hard to find comfortable bras. I did try to get measured in several lingerie departments but I found the experiences very confusing and more down to guess work than actual technique. I found out about the breast research at the University of Portsmouth through a friend and wanted to get involved.

How did you find the experience?

The whole experience was fine and lasted about 2 hours. There were two female researchers in with me during testing and they were very chatty and friendly. They explained that they themselves had completed the testing on several occasions and I found that his helped me to relax. Running with no bra was uncomfortable but did not last very long.

What would be your advice be to anyone thinking of being a participant in the breast research at the University of Portsmouth?

Go for it!! If you have ever had a bra that did not fit you and wondered why go and speak to the researchers at the University of Portsmouth. The research is fed back to the manufacturers so you can assist in the development of bras, which lets face it we all will benefit from.