What is a binder for transgender? For today’s tweens and teens who identify as gender-nonconforming or transgender, shopping for a binder may mean a compression undergarment worn to flatten breasts. Made of thick spandex and nylon, binders resemble tight undershirts, creating a masculine profile.

Why is my daughter binding her breasts? Some adolescents begin to bind their breasts as they enter puberty. This is done usually for reasons of embarrassment (they do not want others to know they have started developing), or desire to be as they previously were (they do not want to have breasts yet).

How do transgender binders work? Binding is a technique used to minimize the appearance of a person’s breasts. Some transgender men or gender-nonconforming individuals use binders (compression undergarments that look like spandex-y T-shirts) to bind the breasts to the body, creating a flatter chest.

Do binders help with gender dysphoria? Common side effects of chest binding

However, a lot of people feel better mentally and emotionally when they bind. According to these studies, chest binding helps people decrease their gender dysphoria, as well as feelings of anxiety or suicidality, while increasing feelings of confidence in public and self-esteem (2).

What is a binder for transgender? – Additional Questions

Does binding hurt?

A binder that fits properly shouldn’t cause skin irritation, physical pain, or excess discomfort when worn appropriately. Wearing a binder that’s too small can cause: discomfort and pain.

Is TransTape safer than binding?

Both Binders and TransTape are safe if used properly. Binders should only be worn for 8 hours maximum, shouldn’t get wet or slept in, also shouldn’t be exercised in, and cleaned properly. TransTape is actually safer than a binder. You can wear TransTape for up to 5 days, you can get it wet and sleep in it.

Do binders permanently flatten your chest?

Chest binding is only a short-term solution. Long-term chest binding can cause permanent tissue damage. If you plan to bind your chest daily for any reason, consider looking into safer long-term options. Never sleep with your binder on.

What does chest dysphoria feel like?

A phenomenon known to cause distress in many transmasculine individuals is chest dysphoria: physical and emotional discomfort and distress caused by the presence of unwanted breast development.

Can a 15 year old wear a binder?

Although binding comes with some risks and potential side effects, it’s considered safe if you do it responsibly. Do not allow your teen to bind with “DIY” materials such as bandages or tape because these can cause serious injury.