Doctors Discuss The Scary Side Effects Of Spanx

Winona Dimeo-Ediger / January 22, 2014

Anyone who’s ever worn shapewear undergarments like Spanx can tell you they feel like a medieval torture chamber for your internal organs, but hey, a little kidney squeezing never hurt anyone. Or … did it? Huffington Post assembled a panel of three doctors — a gastroenterologist, a dermatologist, and a chiropractor (this is starting to sound like the setup for a really lame joke, but I swear it’s not) — and asked them if Spanx can actually cause any harm to your health. Their answers were illuminating, and also kinda terrifying. Read on for the full list of potential shapewear side effects…

  • Acid reflux
  • Heartburn
  • Erosive esophagitis
  • Stifled digestion
  • Abdominal discomfort, bloating, and gas
  • Shallow breathing
  • Exacerbated irritable bowel syndrome
  • Stress incontinence
  • Tingling, numbness, and pain in your legs
  • Blood clots
  • Weakened core muscles
  • Yeast infections
  • Bacterial infections
  • Folliculitis

Yikes! The doctors were quick to add that donning shapewear occasionally probably won’t cause any major health problems, but frequent wearings and/or too-tight garments increases your risk.

Four words kept flashing through my head as I read this list: “So. Not. Worth. It.” Anyone else ready to embrace their natural shape?

[Huffington Post]