4 Tips on How to Prepare for a Mammogram

By: Women's Care Staff

Undergoing routine mammogram screenings can detect breast cancer early. This improves your rate of survival. Also, many different types of mammograms exist including digital mammograms. Some women feel anxious before a mammogram, especially if it’s their first time. However, you have nothing to fear. The experts at Women’s Care perform mammograms every day. To make you feel more comfortable, our experts consolidated a couple of tips on how to prepare for a mammogram so you feel more at ease.

Know when you feel tender

Our first tip on how to prepare for a mammogram consists of knowing your body’s schedule. Schedule your exam for a time when your breasts are least likely to be tender. If you haven’t gone through menopause, that’s usually during the week after your menstrual period. Your breasts are most likely to be tender the week before and the week during your period.

Bring your prior mammogram images

Part of mammogram prep is having pas information available. If this is your first time having a mammogram in our office, request from your previous facility to have any prior mammogram images placed on a CD. Bring the CD with you to your appointment so that the radiologist can compare your past mammograms to your new images. We are happy to assist you with this process.

Don’t use deodorant before your mammogram

Another part of mammogram prep is knowing what not to do before a mammogram. Avoid using deodorants, antiperspirants, powders, lotions, creams or perfumes under your arms or on your breasts. Metallic particles in powders and deodorants could be visible on your mammogram and cause confusion.

Choose your clothing wisely

On the night before a mammogram, pick your clothing out strategically. You may find it easier to wear separates (a top with a skirt, slacks or shorts) as you will only be required to remove your top and bra for the exam.

We hope these tips will give you more of an idea of how to prepare for a mammogram. Please contact a Women’s Care Provider to schedule your mammogram screening!

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