Is SPANX Squeezing You To Sickness?

I suppose no one reading this article would be unfamiliar with what SPANX are. Even if you don’t know what they are or what they do, you probably have at least heard the brand name mentioned before.

SPANX defines a category of innerwear for women (and men) that’s otherwise referred to as compression-wear or shapewear. While SPANX is the world’s dominating brand of shapewear, there are a whole host of brands offering products for men and women.

Underworks Compression Tank Top

In fact, two of the more popular brands, Equmen and Underworks, are also advertisers (thank you by the way).

Well over the last week or so, I’ve been seeing a bunch of (negative) buzz about the possibility that products like SPANX could be crushing your insides.

Here’s a good bit from Huffington Post that summarizes some of the current concerns coming from the medical community about shapewear.

They say the draw-backs of wearing shapewear include:

  • Worsening of acid reflux and heartburn
  • Provoking erosive esophagitis
  • Stifling the flow of digestion
  • Abdominal discomfort, bloating and gas
  • Shallow breath
  • Compression of your bowels
  • Tingling, numbness and pain in your legs
  • Muscles suffer if you rely on shapewear for good posture
  • Cause infections like folliculitis

Is Shapewear Ok To Wear?

In a nutshell — yes — in moderation. In other words, I don’t think anyone would recommend wearing shapewear everyday, all day.

That is of course, unless there’s a medical reason to do so. Like if you’re recovering from some surgery that requires the use of compression-wear to aid in the healing process.

While I don’t wear my compression garments every day, I do love wearing my Equmen, Underworks, or SPANX undershirts on occasion when I go out at night and want to look a bit more svelte in my clothing. Actually, I do always wear a wicking compression shirt to the gym as my base layer.

My advice? Keep wearing your shapewear as needed, but do it in moderation and be cognizant of any of the potential symptoms above.

Just be safe and not stupid about it.

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2 thoughts on “Is SPANX Squeezing You To Sickness?”

  1. Hi,

    I’ve been using shapewear products for almost five years now. I use InstaSlims on a daily basis, which is does not really give a firm compression on the stomach, which is all I need.

    Last month, I tried the 2(x)ist Form Square Cut Shaping Tank, but, it was not what I expected. The compression on the stomach area is not very firm and, both inner and outer layers are very long.

    I just ordered the JCP Powerbody Crew to check.

    I’ve also used the 2(x)ist Shapewear Form, but, they keep rolling down each time I bend or sit down.

    Is there any tank product that gives a very firm compression on the stomach area, without causing bulges whenever I sit down?


    • heya alex,

      good to hear from you buddy and thanks for your question!

      my recommendation would be to look at the waist compression tanks/undershirts from underworks, or check out gyneslim to see if any of their offerings focus on mid-section compression. my favorite undershirts page has links to their websites.

      other than that, the only other product that i know of that has really good mid section support is the ardyss abdo men tank. though, the mesh fabric looks pretty strange. that tank has probably got the best midsection support i’ve tried, but the design is not something i feel looks “normal” enough to want to wear it on a regular basis.

      i wore my ardyss to the gym a lot as my base layer, until it got pretty badly worn out.


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