The Post-Mastectomy Journey

The Post-Mastectomy Journey

eno survey results


Insights from Real Women on Physical and Emotional Struggles – Unveiling the Eno Woman’s Journey: A Look at Post-Mastectomy Experiences


For many women, a mastectomy is a life-changing experience. Here at Eno, we’re committed to supporting you throughout your recovery journey. Recently, we conducted a survey to gain a deeper understanding of your needs and experiences after surgery. We wanted to hear directly from Eno customers about your post-mastectomy journey, particularly focusing on products and how we can improve our bra and swimwear range.

The survey results were insightful and inspiring. We heard stories of strength, resilience, and a desire to reclaim confidence. We’ll be sharing your valuable feedback on our products, along with exciting developments planned for our bra and swimwear line to better serve and empower you.


Time Since Mastectomy


Our survey revealed that the average time since a mastectomy for our community members was 4.9 years. However, there was a wide range of experiences, with some respondents having had their surgery just a few months prior, while others were as far as 24 years out from their mastectomy. A typical timeframe for many respondents was around 2 years post-mastectomy. This diversity in timing highlights the varying stages and perspectives represented within our community, each with their own unique journey and challenges.


Physical Challenges After Mastectomy


The physical challenges faced by women after a mastectomy can be significant. According to the survey, 60% of respondents experienced scarring, which can be both physically and emotionally impactful. Additionally, 50% reported experiencing pain or discomfort, which can hinder daily activities and overall quality of life.


Sleep disturbances were a common issue, with 40% of participants noting difficulty sleeping after their mastectomy. This can lead to fatigue, irritability, and potentially impact overall health and recovery.


Lymphedema, a condition characterised by fluid buildup and swelling, was a challenge for 20% of respondents. This can cause discomfort, limit mobility, and require ongoing management.


Limited range of motion was mentioned by 17% of participants, which can affect everyday tasks and activities, as well as potentially impact physical therapy or exercise routines.


Beyond these specific challenges, 10% of respondents reported various other physical issues they faced after their mastectomy, highlighting the diverse and sometimes unexpected physical impacts of this procedure.


Emotional Impact of Mastectomy


The emotional toll of a mastectomy can be significant, with many women experiencing a range of challenges. Loss of confidence was a common issue, affecting 73% of respondents. Body image concerns were also prevalent, reported by 63% of participants. Intimacy and sexual relationships were impacted for 43%, highlighting the deeply personal nature of this surgery.


Emotional distress, such as feelings of sadness, anxiety, or depression, was noted by 30% of the community members surveyed. An additional 30% faced other emotional difficulties, which could include fear, anger, or a sense of loss. It’s important to acknowledge the multifaceted emotional impact that can accompany this life-altering experience.


While the physical changes from a mastectomy are apparent, the emotional and psychological effects can be just as profound. Addressing these challenges through support resources, counselling, or peer support groups can be invaluable for many women as they navigate this journey.


Support from Healthcare Teams


Many women in our community felt they did not receive adequate information and support from their healthcare teams regarding post-mastectomy options besides breast reconstruction. A significant 57% said they were not given sufficient guidance on alternatives like going flat or using prosthetics. This highlights a concerning gap in patient education and empowerment during this major life transition.


Healthcare providers must do better in comprehensively covering all possibilities after mastectomy, not just funnelling women toward reconstruction. Each person’s needs and preferences are unique, and they deserve full information to make truly informed decisions aligning with their values and goals. Improved counselling on the various physical, emotional, and lifestyle factors to consider could lead to greater satisfaction with outcomes. This deficit underscores an opportunity for the medical community to listen more and ensure truly holistic, patient-centred care.


Useful Information Desired After Mastectomy


A significant portion of the survey respondents expressed a desire for more information on various topics related to their post-mastectomy experience. Notably, 36% wished they had received more information about non-prosthesis options, including the choice to remain flat without reconstruction or prosthetics. This highlights the importance of providing comprehensive guidance on all available paths, not just the conventional prosthesis or reconstruction routes.


Prosthesis options were also an area where 18% of participants sought additional details. Understanding the different types of prostheses, their fit, comfort, and maintenance can greatly aid in making informed decisions and achieving a desired appearance.


For those considering additional surgical procedures or aesthetic enhancements, 14% of respondents wanted more information on these options. This could include details on various reconstruction techniques, nipple tattooing, scar revision, or other procedures to address physical concerns or personal preferences.


Beyond the physical aspects, 11% of participants emphasised the need for more emotional support and guidance on body image acceptance. Navigating the emotional challenges that often accompany a mastectomy is crucial, and access to resources that promote self-confidence and positive body image can be invaluable.


Practical advice on clothing and fashion options was also desired by 11% of respondents. Finding well-fitting and flattering garments can be a challenge, and guidance on adaptive clothing, prosthesis-friendly styles, and fashion tips can help women feel confident and comfortable in their appearance.


Support groups and organisations were mentioned by 7% of participants as an area where they needed more information. Connecting with others who have gone through similar experiences can provide a sense of community, shared understanding, and valuable peer support.


Finally, 4% of respondents sought guidance on physical recovery and strength training after their mastectomy. Proper rehabilitation and exercise can aid in regaining strength, flexibility, and overall physical well-being, which are important factors in the post-surgical healing process.


Breast Prosthesis Usage


Our survey revealed that 60% of respondents currently wear a breast prosthesis, while 40% do not. The choice to wear a prosthesis or go flat is a deeply personal decision, influenced by various factors such as body image, comfort, and personal preferences. For those who opt to wear a prosthesis, the reasons may include restoring symmetry, enhancing self-confidence, or aligning with societal norms. Conversely, those who choose not to wear a prosthesis may prioritise comfort, embrace their post-mastectomy bodies, or find empowerment in defying societal expectations. Ultimately, there is no right or wrong choice, as each individual’s journey is unique and deserves respect.


When Breast Prosthesis Are Worn


For those who choose to wear a breast prosthesis, the survey revealed various preferences and patterns in usage. A significant portion, 38%, reported wearing their prosthesis all the time, suggesting a desire for a consistent and natural appearance regardless of the setting.


Another 38% indicated that they primarily wear their prosthesis at work, possibly reflecting a preference for maintaining a professional image in the workplace or a desire to avoid potential discomfort or self-consciousness during work hours.


When it comes to social situations, 43% of respondents shared that they opt to wear their prosthesis when going out. This could be driven by a variety of factors, such as personal comfort, societal expectations, or a preference for a more symmetrical appearance in public settings.


Interestingly, only 14% of participants reported wearing their prosthesis at home, indicating that for many, the home environment is a space where they feel comfortable embracing their post-mastectomy bodies without the need for a prosthetic.


Preferred Bra Pricing and Styles


When it comes to bra preferences, our survey revealed a range of comfortable price points and favoured styles among our community members. The most popular price range for bras was £40-£50, with 34% of respondents indicating their comfort within this bracket. A significant portion (21%) also found the £20-£30 range suitable for their needs.


In terms of bra styles, everyday bras emerged as the top choice, preferred by 37% of participants. Sports bras followed closely, with 24% of respondents favouring this style for its support and versatility. Mastectomy bras, specifically designed for post-surgical needs, were the preferred choice for 21% of our community members.


While post-surgical bras and full-cup bras were less popular, with 7% and 6% of respondents preferring them respectively, it’s clear that our community values comfort, support, and functionality in their bra choices. These insights highlight the diverse needs and preferences within our community, underscoring the importance of accessible and inclusive options in the realm of intimate apparel.


Preferred Swimwear Pricing and Styles


When it comes to swimwear, comfort and confidence are key for those who have undergone a mastectomy. Our survey revealed valuable insights into the pricing and style preferences within our community.


In terms of pricing, a significant portion (33%) expressed comfort with swimwear priced between £40-£50. Additionally, 23% were open to swimwear in the £50-£60 range, indicating a willingness to invest in quality and well-designed options. For those seeking more budget-friendly choices, 17% felt comfortable with prices between £30-£40, and 10% preferred swimwear under £30.


Regarding swimwear styles, one-piece swimsuits emerged as the top choice, favoured by 44% of respondents. These versatile and flattering options offer coverage and support, providing a sense of security and confidence. Bikinis were the second most popular choice, preferred by 25% of participants, allowing for more flexibility and customisation.


Tankinis, a combination of a tank top and swim bottoms, were favoured by 15% of respondents, offering a balance between coverage and freedom of movement. Swim dresses, chosen by 12% of participants, provide an elegant and stylish alternative, suitable for various body types and personal preferences.


It’s clear that our community values comfort, affordability, and styles that cater to their unique needs and preferences. By understanding these insights, we can better support and empower individuals as they navigate their swimwear choices after a mastectomy.


Eno Listens: Putting Your Feedback into Action!


At Eno, we’re committed to empowering you on your journey. That’s why we take your feedback seriously. Here’s how we’re taking action based on the recent customer survey:

  1. Expanding Support for Uniboobers:

We heard loud and clear that many of you felt your healthcare team didn’t discuss post-surgical options beyond reconstruction. Rebuilding your chest isn’t the only path to healing and confidence. Eno is dedicated to supporting all women, including those who choose to embrace a single breast (uniboob). We’ll be reaching out to doctors, hospitals, nurses, and charities to spread awareness about living as a uniboober and celebrate the beauty of one-breasted women.

  1. Making Eno More Affordable:

We understand affordability was a concern for many. High-quality materials and UK production do come at a cost. However, we’re committed to finding ways to make Eno products more accessible. We’re exploring manufacturing options in other European countries to potentially lower prices without compromising quality.

  1. Bigger, Bolder, Better: Your Dream Uniboob Awaits!

Get ready for an exciting new chapter at Eno! Our next collection is all about inclusivity and confidence. We’ll be offering a wider range of sizes, ensuring a perfect fit for all body types. Plus, exciting new designs, vibrant colours, and enhanced support for one-breasted women are coming your way! Stay tuned for the big reveal!


We appreciate your honest feedback. By working together, we can create a future where every woman feels empowered and beautiful, no matter their journey.



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