Whenever I get a mammogram, it really hurts. Any advice? - Advocate Health Care

A:  Many women complain of breast tenderness, even without pressure on the breasts. Mammograms apply pressure to flatten the breast tissue in order to get an adequate picture of the breast tissue structure. This pressure only lasts for several seconds, and is then released. Some women report taking ibuprofen an hour before their mammogram lessens this discomfort.

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