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    Here's What You Need To Know About The Health Effects of Chest Binding

    Groundbreaking research might finally help providers better care for their gender-nonconforming patients.

    A new study in the journal Culture, Health and Sexuality is believed to be the first to look at the health impact of chest binding on transmasculine people.

    The survey asked participants all about their binding practices.

    The study concluded what many people who bind already know: Binding can cause pain and discomfort.

    But the researchers also confirmed another common sentiment among people who bind: Wearing a binder improves mental health and quality of life.

    Because they found that the mental health effects of binding "were almost universally positive," the researchers recommend that healthcare providers "avoid making categorical recommendations against binding."

    Instead, they suggest that doctors work with patients to help them make the best decision for their overall health.

    This is significant not just because doctors have likely never gotten evidence-based recommendations about binding before, but also because they might not be equipped to address transgender health issues generally.

    You can learn more about study and its authors and see the survey here.