Your Guide to a Comfortable Mammogram: What to Expect & How to Prepare

The word mammogram can evoke anxiety in many women. But what if we told you that this life-saving screening is much more manageable than you might think? The following is meant to demystify the mammogram experience and prepare you for your next screening.


Use the following tips as you prepare for your mammogram:

  • Timing Matters: schedule your mammogram during the week after your period when your breasts are less tender.
  • Wardrove Choice: wear a two-piece outfit for convenience during the exam. You will be given a gown to wear as you will have to undress from the waist up. Wearing pants or a skirt will make you feel more comfortable.
  • Avoid Deodorant: skip deodorant, lotions, or perfumes on the day of your mammogram. These products may contain substances that can show up as spots on the image. Feel free to pack deodorant or skin care products – you can use them after the mammogram.

The Mammogram Procedure: What Happens?

Knowing what to expect can make all the difference in easing your concerns.

  • Health History: make sure you inform your technologist of any problems you are experiencing with your breasts, if you have breast implants, if you have any troubles standing, if you are breastfeeding, or if you think you may be pregnant.
  • Breast Compression: your breasts will be gently compressed between two plates. This may cause some short-lived discomfort but is essential for the best images.
  • Brief Procedure: The entire process is relatively quick, usually taking around 20 minutes. Breast compression only lasts for about 10 – 15 seconds for each image.
  • Experienced Technicians: Our technicians performing your mammogram are highly trained to ensure your comfort.

Breast cancer caught in its early stages is highly treatable, with a significantly better chance of a full recovery. A mammogram is your best tool for early detection.

Take a proactive step toward a healthier future and call 641-469-4325 to schedule your mammogram today.