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It is a method of compressing breast tissue so to get a flatten chest, often to imitate pectorals (“pecs”). It is not supposed to make your chest completely flat. This can be used by cis men, transmen and non-binary folks. It’s effective for those with large and small breasts.
Double Bra Method
It is when you double up, usually with sports bras. However, be careful if it hurts or restricts your breathing too much. It has less risks but still has significant risks like ACE bandages, elastic bandages, and duck tape binding.
They look similar to a thick sports bra except they go much further below your breasts and are significantly tighter. They can be purchased at medical supply shops and online. Binders aren’t “one-size-fits-all.” Everyone shaped differently and has different comfort levels with their bodies.
Also, not all trans and non-binary people, who don’t want their breast showing, bind. A method some trans people use is just slumping or hunching over to hide their chests’. However, this can cause some posture problems overtime and is not recommended as a long term solution. Others use layered clothing to hide their chest. While some only bind on certain occasions and others bind all the time (on a daily basis).
- Layers of shirts
- Neoprene waist/abdominal trimmers
- Back support devices
- Athletic compression shirts
- Chest binders
- Medical compression shirts
- Go to ftmguide.org to figure out your bra/cup size to figure out what size binder is best for you.
If a binder is hurting you, cutes or prevents you from breathing, then it is too tight. Also, don’t wear a binder if you have a cold or respiratory illness because your breathing is already restricted from being sick and having a binder as well will put you at a greater health risk.
In the past, many transmen did do-it yourself (DIY) binding solutions that were not ready-made products which were not usually got for your body.
One of these methods were ACE bandages, elastic bandages and duck tape. It may be easy to get but the material can cut you, cause painful rashes, pull off layers of skin/hair when removed. Please, don’t risk it and please don’t use ACE bandages, elastic bandages or duck tape. Plus, if you intend to get chest reconstruction surgery, the stretch marks from the bandages/duck tape could negatively affect the final product.
Buying a Binder
Now, you are aware of the risk and ready to buy your binder. Your binder size depends on your physical measurements. Again, use the ftmguide.org to find your cup and bra size to get the appropriate binder.
When trying out binders, they should be a tight if they fit properly like rock climbing shoes. If it’s too small then it will cause severe discomfort or injury. Also, DON’T bind all day or all night. As a rule of them, don’t wear your binder longer than 8 hours once you get used to binding. Occasionally, you can do maybe up to 12 but it depends on how you are feeling.
Especially don’t do it all the time (aka. more than 4 hours) if you’re just starting out. Start out with 2-4 hours per day then after your body gets used to it slowly make your way to 8 if you feel comfortable.
Another problem that many binder wearers face is that the binder material doesn’t breathe or wick away sweat. This can lead you to having sores or rashes on your skin. To minimize this, you can put on non-irritating body power on your skin before binding. Another way to minimize this is to wear a thin undershirt beneath your binder which is a fabric that wicks away sweat.
Last thing, KEEP YOUR BINDER CLEAN.
After You Buy a Binder Troubles
You might find that your binder rolls up in certain areas, especially around your waist. If that is a problem for you then sow extra fabric around the bottom of the binder, then used the extra material to tuck into your pants.
You may also find that there is chafing or bulging of your binder around the armpit area. To fix that, you might want to trim or alter the area with a needle. Some inexpensive material solutions are: Spandex, Lycra, Velcro, or other local fabrics- use trial and error to suit your specific frame and preferences.
Are you not skillful with a needle and thread? Then you may want to find a local friendly tailor to customize your binder for your or to make a new one from scratch to fit you perfectly.
Also, if a binder doesn’t work for you and you can’t return it then consider donating it or selling it to other trans or non-binary persons who need it.
It usually involves having an object in your pants which creates a phallus or penis-like bulge. This can be achieved through a sock, soft packer or a hard parker. Packers also be: stand to pee ones (to help you pee while standing up aka. STPs), ones just for looks, disposable STPs and/or for sex.
Soft Packers can be STPs, however, they are usually not suitable for penetration. Hard packers are often erect and are then suitable for penetration (but it’s best to check with the product before trying it out). Some hard packers are dual use aka. they can be used both for sex and daily use for looks.
REMEMBER to wash your packers, using soap and water usually works. If your packer is used for sex then it should be cleaned appropriately according to the material from which it was made from.
There is also disposable STPs that don’t look like penises but allow you stand up and pee. This can be helpful if you are going to a dirty public restroom and some can be stored in your pocket.
This is a method of curving the penis between the legs, toward the anus and pushing testicles up into the inguinal canal. When tucking is done then some people use medical tape. However, the tape can be painful to peal off if you don’t shave the area. It is more comfortable to remove tape if you shave the area. A snug pair of underwear adds to the extra layer of security and smoother profile. An additional special undergarment may be used to keep everything in place like a gaff or dance belts.
Gaffs are designed for this purpose while dance belts were designed to reduce visible external genitalia for cisgender men (available in theater/dance shops).
Short Term Effects
- Skin irritation
Long Term Effects (over years)
- If anyone has information on the long term effects of tucking and a source, feel free to email us or comment below.
Try to limit yourself to tucking to 4-8 hours at most a day.
Genital pumps are usually hand-operated. It includes: a clear cylinder that’s used to create suction to enlarge body parts. It can be used on external genitals, genital openings, anus or the nipples. The act of pumping can increase sensitivity and the tugging sensation can be pleasurable to some.
The pumping pulls blood into an area. This can create erection and temporarily increase genital size. A cock ring, it keeps blood from flowing away from the body part, can sustain the erection.
Shaving around the area of suction helps to create a proper seal.
However, if pumping is done too strongly or too often, it can desensitize the area or even cause capillaries to burst. If you notice blue or purple markers under the skin where you’ve been pumping, remove the pump immediate and ice the area to decrease swelling. After removing the pump, it will be very sensitive for awhile.
There are several different kinds of pumps.
NONSURGICAL BREAST ENHANCEMENTS
The first kind is having a bra and stuffing the cups. This creates the appearance of large breasts. Some materials to stuff it with area: socks, water balloons with bird seed, hair gel, tissues, or similar material.
Another kind is padded bras which are available at stores. These can create a smoother shape under the clothing.
The last form, that I know of, is breast forms (also called cutlets or jellies) are different materials molded into the shape of breasts. They are designed to attach to the skin with adhesive and may be worn without a bra. They are available in costume, theatre, dance supply shops, online retailers, lingerie, underwear shops catering to cis women, etc. Be careful if using adhesive because it could put an unhealthy amount of weight on your chest and hurt your skin. Like for binders, if you are in pain, it’s best to remove it right away.
If anyone knows of any health risks in particular related to any of these forms or has other forms for nonsurgical breast enhancements, please comment or Contact Us.
Main Source: Trans Bodies, Trans Selves: A Resource for the Transgender Community 1st Edition, Edited by Laura Erickson-Schroth (Google Ebook Version)
Suggestions about other equipment or methods are welcome, companies that supply good equipment, specific products, etc. are welcomed. Also, please correct the information stated here with a source connected in the comments or in an email.
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