You get home from a long day of work and can’t wait to get into your PJs. You rush to the bedroom, ready to get cozy and start undressing. When you do so, though, you notice something in the mirror. Your ribs are marked by a striking red rash. You touch the area and it’s tender. It hurts. It’s not the first time you’ve noticed this problem.

If your bra is always digging into your ribcage, you absolutely have to do something about it sooner rather than later. You don’t deserve to be in pain all of the time nor should you ignore this problem and hope it goes away.

Here’s what you should do next:

Try adjusting or loosening your bra

First of all, the most obvious cause of this problem could be that your bra band is far too tight for you. You might be wearing your bra on the tightest clasp to get some extra support. However, if it’s tight on your ribcage, it could rub you and cause discomfort and pain throughout the day.

The annoying thing about this issue is that you may not notice it at first. When you put your bra on in the morning, it might feel perfectly fine. However, as the day goes on, it gets worse and worse. Try loosening it now and see if that helps.

Check you’re wearing the right bra size

Of course, the other thing that may be causing you pain is wearing the wrong bra size. Your body shape and size can fluctuate for all kinds of reasons. For examples, you might find that a hormone change means that you gain or lose weight. Don’t panic.

The best thing you can do is make sure that you get fitted for a bra on a regular basis. The sooner you get measured and find out what size you are now, the better.

Look for bras that suit you

If your bra is digging into your ribs, there’s a good chance it’s not the right style for your shape. You may find a better fit in a wireless bra or bandless style. Luckily, there are loads of different styles out there. It could be worth trying on a range of bra types and seeing what suits you best. During your fitting session, you can ask to try out a variety of different styles.

Choose a bra without underwire

You might find that choosing a bra without underwires is the best way to go. Often enough, if you have a large ribcage, you might find that the underwire of your bra is the problem. Opting for a wire-free bra could be the way to go here. Check out the range of styles out there and see what options there are. Again, it’s all about finding what’s best for you.

Final considerations

If you’re in pain and it’s being caused by your bra, the worst thing that you can do is ignore it. Approaching the problem as soon as possible is the only way to go. Your lingerie should keep you comfortable and make you feel supported. Changing the style that you wear and making sure that you’re wearing the right size, could make all the difference. If that doesn’t help, it may be wise to visit your doctor to check if the pain and discomfort you’re experiencing is a sign of something more serious.