11 Women Share What Getting A Mammogram Really Feels Like
Mammograms are an important part of detecting breast cancer in its early, more treatable stages. Hint: It’s not as bad as you think.
“It was quick, easy, and didn’t hurt my C-cups at all,” says Kristen M. of Knoxville, Tennessee, who visited a testing center with high-end massaging chairs and free coffee while waiting.
Heidi K. of Seattle, Washington, claims she waited two years to have a painful breast lump examined. “I was so scared and weak from fear that I almost swooned while stepping up to the machine,” she says. Her lump was found to be normal.
“It’s not a big deal: two squeeze images between two plates on each breast,” Colleen T., of Minneapolis, Minnesota, says. The most uncomfortable part, she says, is when the skin stretches around the breast. If your breasts are particularly sensitive, go during the first half of your menstrual cycle.
Tracy P., of Minneapolis, Minnesota, says, “It’s definitely awkward having a stranger handle your boobs.” Tracy’s mother is a breast cancer survivor, so she gets her mammograms every year. “A few minutes of discomfort to me is worth knowing I’m okay,” she says.
Megan H. of Ridgecrest, California, claims her breasts were handled, manipulated, and smashed. Relax and talk to the technician; remember, it’s just another piece of flesh to them.
For women with small and dense breasts, dense breast tissue can be a challenge. Still have questions? Here’s everything you need to know about dense breast tissue and mammograms.
“It was very comfortableu2014I even got a heated robe,” Charlene M., of Seattle, Washington, says of her breast cancer screening at her doctor’s office. Charlene had heard horror stories about how uncomfortable it was, but the office helped calm her nerves.
Big boobs equal big smooshes: “There was so much squishing!” says Lori E. of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Bitty boobs, on the other hand, may require more handling and cause more pain, according to Angela H. of Iowa City, Iowa.
“I’ve had a couple mammograms and I can tell you that it hurt more after getting breast implants,” Sarah F., of San Diego, California, says.
One woman who had a mammogram says, “It was uncomfortable, but nothing like the torture people had claimed.” “You can’t wear deodorant, and you have to put your naked self all over equipment,” Emily P. of Massachusetts says.
How bad do mammograms hurt?
Is there a difference in how painful mammograms are for different people? Discomfort during a mammogram procedure varies from patient to patient, with some women experiencing discomfort due to the compression that is applied to the breast, while the majority of women tolerate the exam well.
Are mammograms more painful for small breasts?
The degree of discomfort is determined by an individual’s tolerance rather than the size of their breasts; for example, women frequently report that the part of the mammogram that requires compressing the breast to obtain an x-ray is the most painful; this compression is required for the technologist to obtain a more accurate image.
How can I make a mammogram less painful?
Take an over-the-counter pain reliever 45 to 60 minutes before your appointment, such as aspirin, Tylenol, or ibuprofen, to alleviate any discomfort you may be experiencing. However, using topical numbing creams before your exam can interfere with the accuracy of the x-ray image.
What should I expect at my first mammogram?
A screening mammogram will take about 15 minutes, and you will need to undress from the waist up, so wear a shirt that you can easily remove. On the day of the exam, avoid using deodorants, antiperspirants, perfumes, powders, or lotions on your breasts and underarms.
Why Does My breast hurt when I press it?
Breast pain, also known as mastalgia, is common and accounts for 45-70% of breast-related health-care visits. The good news is that most causes of breast pain are benign (non-cancerous) and can be as simple as hormonal changes in your body or a poorly fitting bra.
Why are mammograms so painful?
Many women, however, dislike getting a mammogram because the procedure involves compressing the breast between two clear plates, which can be uncomfortable or even painful for some.
Why you should not have a mammogram?
Few doctors discuss the dangers of mammography, particularly the risk of overdiagnosis, which can result in a patient being needled, sliced, zapped with radiation, and possibly treated with tamoxifen, a drug that raises the risk of uterine cancer, for a breast lesion that isn’t life-threatening.
Can I shower before a mammogram?
Bathe before your mammogram; if you’re like me and shower first thing in the morning, schedule an early appointment. Although it’s recommended that you skip deodorant and beauty creams before the mammogram, your care team will appreciate it if you take a bath.
What are the reasons of small breast?
Underlying genetic conditions can sometimes result in small breasts or even no breast development.
- Age: Puberty to Menopause.
- Menstrual Cycle.
- Hormonal Birth Control.
- Hormonal Imbalance.
- Poland Syndrome.
What should you not do before a mammogram?
What You Shouldn’t Do Before Getting a Mammogram
- DON’T wear deodorant before your mammogram.
- DON’T go before or during your period.
- DON’T consume caffeine products (coffee, chocolate) several days up to two weeks before the appointment.
- DON’T be concerned if you’ve had previous mammograms at other facilities.
Can breast be sore after mammogram?
Will I be sore or bruised after my mammogram? While we can’t guarantee how you’ll feel after your mammogram, the majority of women don’t. Our technologists work with you to make sure you’re as comfortable as possible while getting the best image of your breast possible.
What is better mammogram or ultrasound?
In symptomatic women 45 years or younger, breast ultrasound is more accurate than mammography; however, mammography has improved in sensitivity in women 60 years or older, and mammogram accuracy has increased as women’s breasts have become fatter and less dense.
What age should a woman get a mammogram?
The American Cancer Society recommends that women begin screening at age 45, while the US Preventive Services Task Force recommends that women begin screening at age 50.
How do I prepare for a mammogram?
To get ready for your mammogram, do the following:
- Schedule your mammogram for a time when your breasts are least likely to be tender.
- Bring your previous mammogram images.
- Don’t use deodorant before your mammogram.
How long does a mammogram take?
The plastic upper plate is lowered to compress your breast for a few seconds while the technologist takes a picture, after which you must change positions before the next picture is taken. The entire procedure takes about 20 minutes, with the actual breast compression lasting only a few seconds each time.