**Please note that most of these tips are written for humorous purposes and shouldn’t be taken seriously. To be honest, I’m being overly dramatic and having a mammogram is not all that bad, but a necessary endeavor to maintain good physical health.
One legit tip I can give you is if you are worried about pain, take some Tylenol before your appointment.
Also, for some reason they want you to avoid using deodorant or any powder products under your arms on the day of your appointment.
My 3rd tip is to try and schedule your appt for a time where you know your breasts will not be tender due to your menstrual cycle. This will most likely cut down on your uncomfortableness with the mammogram process.
My last legit time would be to not wear a bra or wear a soft sports bra to your appt. Your breasts will be a little sore afterwards and an underwire bra could make things a bit more uncomfortable.
Ok, on to my ridiculous tips. 😛
Guys, I’m getting old.
Specifically I’m around the age that a yearly mammogram is recommended. After thinking I felt something a few weeks ago (doctor didn’t feel anything on the follow up exam) I decided to schedule a mammogram just in case because I’m about to be 40 in a few months and at least once in my life I want to be on time or early for something.
My mammogram was today and I lived through it. As nervous as I was about it, I decided to make a guide to getting through it.
1. Don’t worry about the pain and discomfort. Honestly on a scale of 1 to getting hit in the face with a brick, it’s really not that bad. You’ll be fine.
2. You’ll be shocked and amazed at the way your breast can contort into about 50 different shapes during your mammogram. Those cirque du origami boobs are yours and you should be quite proud of their feats of stretch and foldiness.
3. It’s a good idea to take with you a small spatula because inevitably one of your boobs will become adhered to the imaging surface (especially if you have it done on one of the hottest days of the year like I did, where even in the air conditioning you can feel the heat). And no matter how hard you try, you will not be able to get it elegantly lifted off the tiny table with just your hands.
The imaging tech tugged so hard, my left boob almost flew up off the imaging surface and hit me in the face. Next time I’m putting a small spatula in my purse. Just in case.
4. Have an uncomfortable anecdote ready to share with the imaging tech as payback for squishing your boobs flat as pancakes. I decided to go with the story of how my husband Chad’s great grandma was treated for breast cancer in the 1920’s with acid.
It definitely got the desired result and made me feel like we were now even.
I hope these tips helps you prepare for your first or next mammogram.
Happy weekend, y’all! 😀