What Is Chest Binding And What Are The Different Ways To Bind?
Why People Bind
Trans men, transmasculine people, and some non-binary and gender non-conforming people assigned female at birth may experience chest dysphoria and feel highly uncomfortable with the appearance of their breasts. Chest binding is a way to help a person’s body better align with their gender identity.
Binder Garments
Wearing a compression garment specifically designed for chest binding (a binder) is one of the most common ways that people bind, and is also one of the safest when used correctly (per Vice). The Gender Confirmation Center recommends binders made by gc2b and Underworks as these brands are trusted by the trans community.
Finding A Binder That Fits
Since binders are designed to be very tight, sizing down can actually be very dangerous as it can constrict your breathing and even damage your ribs. It’s essential to buy a binder that fits you well, so take the time to measure properly, and order the size that best reflects your measurements to keep your body safe.
TransTape Or KT Tape
Some people bind with TransTape or KT Tape, usually by applying the tape horizontally and then vertically over the breast tissue. These tapes can be worn for multiple days at a time, and while some people experience minor skin irritation, this can be relieved by applying Phillips Milk of Magnesia before taping.
Compression Or Sports Bras
Wearing compression or sports bras is another safe, more accessible method for binding. Some companies, like TomboyX, make bras that are meant to be worn as binder alternatives, and while they don’t provide as much compression as a binder, many people find that they still help achieve the look they’re going for.