Spanx and other shape wear brands are dominating the underwear business. They make that sexy black dress look even better on your body. But have you ever felt faint or in pain, midway through your beautiful evening? This is a common experience for many women wearing these body molding and sculpting negligees.
If shape wear wasn’t tight, it wouldn’t work. The problem with this is that your stomach, intestines, and colon begin to be compressed. According to gastroenterologist, Dr. Kuemmerle, “wearing shape wear can cause and even worse acid reflux and heartburn due to the compression of the internal organs. Their restrictiveness also can provoke erosive esophagitis.”
The pressure on your intestines can cause your food digestion to be stifled. According to Dr. Kuemmerle, “It’s like when people eat a huge meal and then unbuckle their jeans.” Wearing the shape wear can cause abdominal discomfort, bloating, and gas.
Sitting in shape wear for long periods of time can cause meralgia parenthetic. This is caused by nerves in your thighs being compressed. Symptoms of this are tingling, numbness, and pain in the legs. According to chiropractor Dr. Karen Erickson, “It’s like putting these giant rubber bands around your upper thighs and tightening them when you sit.” It decreases the circulation in your legs, and could even lead to blow clots.