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    Softer Mammograms
    rachael67 posted:
    Most of us are becoming more aware of the difference certain facilities can make when we go for our mammograms. We learn (sometimes the hard way) which have personnel, techs, doctors and technology/machines which can provide both more accurate test results as well as more comfortable situations for us, the patients.

    We now appreciate that for those who have dense breast tissue, the digital mammograms seem to be more accurate. And we are learning that timing can make a big difference in the discomfort we might experience...Our breasts are significantly more tender and sensitive the closer the time comes for our periods, so we should avoid scheduling at that time.

    Now, I have just learned about something rather new (at least to me) which can make for softer, gentler, warmer mammograms. It is called a "MammoPad." It is a foam breast cushion which is placed between you and the machine. It is a thin pad, but apparently makes quite a difference.

    Especially those of you who have had appreciable discomfort in the past, make sure you check to find the nearest facility which provides this new feature.

    Ah! One less reason to avoid our mammograms!

    Just when the caterpillar thought her world was over, she became a butterfly!  
    Don't give up five minutes before the miracle!!
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    sadblossom responded:
    Thank you for that great information !!!!! I will make a special point to request that service/pad when I have my mammo in July !!!!! It will be at the breast center so surely they will offer the pad.

    Thanks again !!!! Great advice !!!
    ccbbt responded:
    The facility that I use did a trial run with the a mammopad. Yes they helped pad the machine but I was told that they are not going to use them once they are gone b/c the cost is $5.00 per pad . Every one is tightening their budgets so I would not get to excited that the Mammopad will be a standard for most . One time use and throw away is a waste of money when the mammogram procedure is not that painful. Come on ladies we can deal with this, there are alot worse things that we have gone through other than a mammogram.
    BE Strong and get your annual mammogram.
    DiKay1024 replied to ccbbt's response:
    My facility has offered the mammopad for several years, but they pass the cost on to the patient. When you register they ask if you want it, and if you do you pay the $5. I've never used it as I don't find it that uncomfortable, but I think it's a nice option for those who experience extreme discomfort and are willing to pay the fee--it's probably well worth it to them!

    Blessings to all, Di
    rachael67 replied to DiKay1024's response:
    Glad to hear this, Di. Anything which might encourage women to get mammograms is a plus! Wonder if they were bribed with a promise after the test (like kids at the doctors) with a chocolate bar if that would help?

    Just when the caterpillar thought her world was over, she became a butterfly! Don't give up five minutes before the miracle!!

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