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Top 4 Tips for a Less Painful Mammogram


Updated November 14, 2010

Let's face it - mammograms are uncomfortable. For many women, though, they can be quite painful. This is especially true of women with large breasts. In fact, some women experience mammograms that hurt so much, it deters them from getting another one. Mammograms don't have to be painful. Follow these simple tips for a less painful mammogram.

1. Schedule your mammogram 10 days after you start your period.

About 10 days after your period begins is the ideal time to have a mammogram done. The breasts are usually less tender, reducing the amount of pain you may experience during the screening.

2. Take an over the counter pain reliever prior to the mammogram.

About an hour before your mammogram, take an over the counter pain reliever. It really can help with the pain. Be sure to talk to your doctor before taking any medications.

3. Avoid caffeine before your mammogram.

Switch over to the decaf coffee and soft drinks about a week before your next mammogram. Caffeine can make the breasts more tender.

4. If you feel pain, talk to the technician performing the mammogram.

Pain can be minimized by something as simple as repositioning the breast. Don't feel shy about talking about your pain.

Created: 03/28/06
Sources: Imaginis: Mammography on Small Breasts

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