Do mammograms hurt?

Lisa Michels
Nurse Assisting Patient Undergoing Mammogram

Most women would say that a mammogram is uncomfortable as opposed to being painful. Remember that compression is needed in order to see all your breast tissue properly.  Although everyone‘s breast tissue is different and some may have more discomfort than others, here are some ideas to help decrease the discomfort.

  1. Try to schedule your mammogram seven to 10 days after the start of your menstrual cycle.
  2. Try to avoid caffeine for one week prior to your mammogram.
  3. Inform the technician performing your mammogram if you are experiencing pain.
  4. You may take an over-the-counter pain medication one hour prior to your mammogram.

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