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Why Didn't Anybody Tell Me: Mammograms

Ever had the refrigerator door slam shut on your naked boob? Yeah, me neither, but I had a mammogram. Once described to me as such, I also heard it was like a steamroller pressing a breast into the pavement. While it was far from comfortable, it was certainly not the torture chamber I envisioned. Before undergoing the procedure, I asked the technician how she would describe the pain. She laughed at me and asked if I had kids. When I told her yes, she followed up her first query with a second one — did I breastfeed them? When I told her yes, she said, "This is going to be a cakewalk." After some positioning, four x-rays, and roughly 10 minutes, I was dressed and ready to go. Unlike my first experience nursing, the much dreaded breast screening was quick, painless and hopefully unwarranted for another two years. Lucky for me, mammograms ain't got nothin' on nursing mamas.

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MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
I'm not particuraly looking forward to these.. Doctors are often very rushed from overbooking and late people, and aren't really very compassionate or gentle. My last dr was the worst, i hated not having anyone else within 45 minutes. I think she used a rusty bean can and some gasoline for my last pap.. ugh.
lickety-split lickety-split 7 years
Wow, I found mine really painful. I had bruising and pain for a couple of days. Maybe it's like a pap, depends on who is doing it.
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