GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The thermal bra, which was designed to keep breast cancer survivors warm post reconstructive surgery, is now for sale.  

The thermal bra has been years in the making. Jody Faber is the woman behind the idea. Faber brought the idea to Spectrum Health Innovations who collaborated with Central Michigan University to turn the idea into a product.

Since this time last year, about 200 women volunteered to go through a “wearer trial” phase.

“The women gave us a lot of feedback about the fact that they want to be able to wear the bra under a snug t-shirt and have it not show through,” said Susanne Wroblewski, Thermal Bra’s chief operations officer. “They want it be able to have the fabrics be really soft.”

The thermal bra comes in two different styles and 14 different sizes. Sizes range from a small B cup to 42-D.

“We have this wide band version that we talked about and then a narrow band version,” said Wroblewski. “You can wear the bra just over the shoulder and you can also choose to crisscross the back.”

Wroblewski encourages thermal bra owners to hand wash the bras instead of putting them in the dryer.

The retail price of the thermal bra is $170. As part of the Kickstarter for the bra launch, 20 bras will be available at $110 and 50 bras will be available at $125 Monday only. Also, an unlimited number of bras will be available for $145 on Monday. The thermal bra is not currently covered by insurance.