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How will a mammogram feel?

Dr. Robin Miller, MD
Internal Medicine
As someone who has had many mammograms, I feel qualified to discuss how it feels. In some ways it depends on the person who is doing the test. Some technicians can be rough. In order to get good views, your breasts get a bit squished between two plates in various positions. It can be uncomfortable but should NEVER be painful. If you feel pain, speak up. The small amount of discomfort is worth the information that is achieved.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a mammogram will feel uncomfortable for most women, and it may be painful for some women. To quote the CDC: “What you feel depends on the skill of the technologist, the size of your breasts, and how much they need to be pressed. Your breasts may be more sensitive if you are about to get or have your period.”
 

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