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First mammogram appt, what to expect?

(12 Posts)
Megbeth Mon 21-Apr-14 13:46:29

It's just a routine appt & is free for over 40's where I live. (Am not in the UK). Do I need to take off my necklace & body bar? The only instructions on the website say to not wear any talc or deodorant. Will they tell me there & then the results?

Musicaltheatremum Mon 21-Apr-14 14:54:07

I had my first one 2 weeks ago, not as bad as I thought. I had to strip to the waist completely then the radiographer just guided me as to what to do. I wasn't embarrassed and it was over quickly. I'm quite big busted and it wasn't sore at all. I forgot about the deodorant thing but it was in the afternoon and she never mentioned it.

Megbeth Mon 21-Apr-14 15:06:51

Thank you.

ShakeYourTailFeathers Mon 21-Apr-14 21:21:16

Is your body bar in your nipple or naval? I'd think you'd need to take a nipple piercing out.

I actually found it quite painful, but i do have painful lumpy breasts anyway - which was why i was having a mammogram!

good luck. My radiographer was lovely.

rowna Mon 21-Apr-14 21:30:34

I have them annually. I dont put on deodorant or moisturiser and remove all jewellery. I take a flannel to have a quick wash just before if I've had a bit of a journey. I'm asked to strip to waist level then there are two positions each side. They check the xrays come out but don't give me results until a few weeks later. I think the consultant checks them. I've never found it painful. A bit like having blood pressure taken. And the nurses are doing one after another so I've not felt embarrassed. It's not too bad.

Megbeth Tue 22-Apr-14 03:19:26

Thank you all for replying. I have a naval bar. Think I will remove my necklace. I'll phone them to ask if naval bar is ok to stay in.

SecretWitch Tue 22-Apr-14 04:59:08

I just had my first one two weeks ago. I was instructed not to use any deodorant, powder, or lotion. You change into a gown from the waist up. My technician was lovely. She told me everything that was going to happen. I have very large boobs. It was uncomfortable at times, but never painful to me. The entire process took about 10 minutes. I was asked to stay in the gown and have a seat in a private internal waiting room. A radiologist read my images and came in to tell me everything looked normal. She provided me with a letter confirming the negative results. I was so relieved to receive the results immediately. I made my appointment for 2015 on the way out. Sending you hugs for your first time. Xx

Megbeth Tue 22-Apr-14 07:22:33

Thanks Secretwitch.

Marylou62 Tue 22-Apr-14 08:24:29

I was a bit worried about having one as my boobs were really sore that month but I was pleasantly surprized at how quick and (nearly) painless it actually was. Good Luck.

Megbeth Tue 22-Apr-14 09:06:27

Thanks Marylou 62. I don't suffer with painful boobs so I'm sure it will all be ok. I have no family history of breast cancer but thought it best to be screened.

70isaLimitNotaTarget Wed 23-Apr-14 19:36:04

I had one today (spookily enough, I just saw this thread)

I didn't know about the deoderant though - and as I'm all hot and hormonal, it's not something I want to go without .blush

Nowhere near as bad as all the mean buggers at work told me it would be I imagined.

You do feel squashed but it's not painful I found.
Good Luck

Megbeth Thu 24-Apr-14 15:12:51

Thanks I forgot to update. All went ok but I did feel squashed after too. Just got to wait to hear within 14 days. If anything they are not sure about then will have to go to a specialist centre for more detailed images.

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