Chest Binding

Online Definition 

Binder often worn by transgender men, it constricts the breasts into a more flat chested appearance.
although he was physically born a female, he is mentally a male, and uses a binder to flatten his chest.

The first time I bought a binder, about a year and a half ago. I was excited and scared if I’m honest I was layering a lot of clothes and didn’t care if I passed out from the heat. At the age of 17, I told my mum that I didn’t want my chest even though I was still presenting as a cis female. So through the years, I started becoming more panicky every time I have to go out. It felt like I was naked when I was 19 I came across the transgender world. Let’s keep in mind that by then my mind had already buried that I could ever be myself. In other words, anxiety is what lead me to start binding.

How does a chest binder work?

Chest binding is a way for many trans men to curb dysphoria and is a fairly common step in FTM transition. “Binding” refers to flattening breast tissue to create a male-appearing chest using a variety of materials and methods.

Binding Safety
I always used a binder to bind since I like being safe. Even with the right binder product, it’s still possible to bind unsafely. Despite what you may have been told, don’t buy a binder that’s too small for you. Wearing an ill-fitting binder puts you at risk of the same problems as those who bind with Ace bandages or duct tape. Another piece of bad advice floating around out there is to wear tape and another binder on top of your binder. This too can cause restricted breathing and physical injury.

Lastly, give your body a break: don’t bind 24/7. In fact, don’t bind for more than 8-12 hours at a time. Suppressing dysphoria can’t come at the expense of your health. Even high-quality binders can cause bruising. Use the times that you’re not binding to wash and air dry your binder, which will help make it last longer.
Binder Rules
Always bind for less than 8 hours a day (the more breaks and time you can go without, the better!). Binding for long hours every day over time breaks down tissue and can cause breathing problems, back pain, and skin irritation.
Always take your binder off before you sleep. Give your body rest while you rest. Also, take it off before exercising. Sports bras are designed to move with you as you workout, while a binder can make movement and even breathing more difficult.
Never use duct tape or Ace bandages to bind your chest. Binding with these materials can restrict your ability to breathe and move properly. Ace bandages, in particular, are designed to constrict, so as you breathe, they get tighter and tighter and can hurt you.
If it hurts, stop. Try out a larger compression shirt, find binding alternatives that work for you, or try different ways to hide your chest without binding. Pain is always an indicator that something is wrong.

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Alex

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9 thoughts on “Chest Binding

  1. The book I’m trying to write at the moment has a FTM main character. Since it’s also a medieval fantasy, I’m trying really hard to research how to combat dysphoria without surgery or hormonal help (I mean, really, would you want medieval surgery? ON ANYTHING!?). Though my research has brought up things like binders, I’ve always wondered what a medieval trans person would do, and the ACE bandages thing gives me an idea… do you think strips of cloth, kind of like a mummy, would be a passable option in the middle ages?

    I hope I’m not being incredibly dull and insensitive…

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    1. So, here is what I think , I think strips of cloth would work. Keep in mind , that you need to find something to replace a packer. If you want I can read it and review it from a trans point of view and and an author. Writing trans characters is never easy so keep it up.

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      1. It’ll be a blog story if I ever get it done. It’s still in the beginning phases, but I can already tell it’ll be massive. I will keep the offer in mind, though, especially because the character’s presentation changes on-screen.

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