It's common for women to be nervous or uncomfortable before and during a mammogram procedure, so if you can relate, don't feel alone! It's important to get routine mammograms as a preventative measure, even if it might not be your favorite thing in the world. At Rosetta, we are focused on making sure all of our patients feel prepared and comfortable during any of our procedures, so we wanted to share a few tips on how to be calm during a mammogram.
1.) Think positively
Say a mantra to yourself, “I can do this”, “I am strong”, “I am healthy just for getting this done”. Saying little phrases to increase your positive thinking during the exam is key to keeping your composure. The mind controls the rest of your body, so if you think happy thoughts you will be happy in return.
2.) Bring hand warmers
The machine that you must place your breast on may be cold. Bring hand warmers and rub them all over your body for extra comfort. If you do get really uncomfortable by the temperature, request that the heat in the room be turned up or the machine be warmed up.
3.) Bring music
It can be awkward just standing around with your breast on a machine while a stranger takes pictures. Bring your headphones and some music to take that off your mind. Listening to the music can elevate your mood and ensure that you will be in a relaxed environment.
4.) Ask about EMLA cream before the appointment
This cream is useful if you have discomfort in your breasts during the exam. Rubbing the cream on your breasts 30-45 minutes before the procedure can make for a more pleasant examination. It doesn’t get rid of the pain all the way, but patients say it does decrease it.
5.) Follow instructions
It is crucial to follow instructions before and during the mammogram. This means to do exactly as the doctor says, such as no wearing deodorant or lotions. These products can cause specks on the film and lead to another examination if the images don’t turn out right. No one wants to get another mammogram immediately after they went through one.
We hope these tips can give you a little more comfort and peace of mind during your next mammogram. Just remember that getting this procedure is a good thing because you are taking care of you! It's recommended that after 40, women should get a mammogram yearly, so feel free to schedule your next appointment today with Rosetta.