Spanx, Other Shapewear May Cause Organ Compression: Report

A new report suggests that women may face potential health risks from wearing Spanx and other shape-wear undergarments, which may cause organ compression and other serious problems.

In a recent report published by The Huffington Post, several medical professionals highlighted the potential problems from Spanx and other similar products. The clothing is designed to make the body look more shapely, but experts warn that they may constrict blood flow and compress organs, increasing the risk of blood clots and nerve damage.

The undergarments are designed to be tight and restrictive, particularly around the stomachs, thighs and other areas where people are most concerned about looking more fit. However, like a tourniquet, they can cut off blood flow to organs, according to the report.

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Potential side effects of the restricted blood flow includes an increased risk of blood clots, and experts warn that those with the potential for blood clots should use Spanx and Shapewear with caution. Blood clots can lead to deep vein thrombosis and potentially life-threatening pulmonary embolism could occur if a blood clot travels to the lungs.

Doctors also indicate in the report that sitting while wearing shapewear can cause meralgia paresthetica, a reversible condition that can cause tingling and pain in your legs. The condition is caused by the compression of a peripheral nerve in your thighs and can lead to constant or irregular pain.

Another possible shapewear problem highlighted by Huffington Post is with the pressure on the bowels, which can lead to incontinence, particularly for those who already suffer from functional bowel disorders and irritable bowel syndrome. The products can also cause infections if they are worn too long and may lead to a loss of muscle tone if used as a substitute for good posture.

Experts suggest that most of the health risks can be avoided by limiting the time and frequency Spanx and Shapewear are worn.


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