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How to Bind Safely

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If you are a trans man or nonbinary you may see pervasive advice saying Bind safely However this is frequently never elaborated on any further. Binding is quite common in the world of gender identity and it is important to know how to bind without causing yourself pain or risking a possible rib injury. Binding safely is quite simple. it just consists of what to do and what not to do. Understand what binding is. Binding is the effect of pushingback towards the body creating the appearance of a flat chest. Its most often used by transgender men or nonbinary people who may have to bind theirdown but it is also sometimes used by cisgender non transgender men who have gynecomastia or enlargeddue to excess fat andtissue.

Know the risks of binding unsafely or excessively. Binding is only safe if you do it right and many people do not bind safely. If you bind too tightly or too often you can risk doing permanent damage to your body including damage that prevents you from getting top surgery later in your life or prevents you from being able to ever bind again. Risks of unsafe binding include

Expect to need a little practice. Binding can be tricky and you may not be skilled at it right away. Thats okay. Stay safe and start small. Try only wearing your binder for an hour or two and only wear it around trusted loved ones until you are sure you can take it on and off without help.

Remember that nobody has a perfectly flat chest. Its okay if you have a bit of aon top. Many men and nonbinary people have these. People might just think that you have really big pectoral muscles from working out a lot.The most popular safe methods are to use commercial binders, sports bras, strategic layering, and bandages or elastic materials
Layering shirts A tight sports bra or undershirt under one or two larger shirts, like a button up shirt hanging loose, (shirts with pockets on the chest are particularly good) can make your chest look dramatically smaller
The Golden Rules of Binding Binding for long hours every day over time breaks down tissue and can cause breathing problems, back pain, and skin irritation

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