Brought to you by Blush Lingerie at La Petite Coquette in NYC. Constant tight lacing of the corset was determined to cause health problems. First, as shown in the illustration, organs within the body were displaced and compressed. This led to problems such as Visceroptosis, which is when the abdominal organs sink below their natural location. The negative side effects are heartburn, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, nervous dyspepsia, headaches, vertigo, and loss of sleep. Visceroptosis can be healed through rest, not wearing corsets, good hygiene and nutrition, and allowing the atrophied torso muscles to gain strength. Also, because corsets compress the ribcage and hence the lungs and diaphragm, fainting is not uncommon for women wearing corsets, and in the past was often used as an excuse to get out of an unpleasant situation. I can only imagine how difficult it’d be to breathe wearing a corset. I have a hard enough time breathing as it is, with all of my allergies to pollen and dust.
Nevertheless, worn responsibly and reasonably, corsets are a pleasure to wear. Having a beautiful hour-glass silhouette is pleasing to the corset-wearer as well as to many viewers. Many corset makers and aficionados recommend starting out with a larger corset size and gradually going smaller as your body adjusts itself to the constraints.