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Part II: Step-By-Step to a Successful Mammogram: Preparing Right and Navigating the Procedure

Part II: Step-By-Step to a Successful Mammogram: Preparing Right and Navigating the Procedure

Welcome back to our transformative 4-part blog series designed to give you a comprehensive roadmap for a successful mammogram journey.

At SportPort Active, we offer more than just high-end women's activewear; we're a one-stop hub with our patented EMF-blocking technology. Let's dive into the preparation and the procedure and what to expect during your mammogram.

Preparing for the Big Day

Having a mammogram is like participating in a marathon; you can't just show up and expect to excel—you must prepare. A mammogram might not be as physically strenuous as a marathon, but it does require some thoughtful prep to ensure the most accurate and comfortable experience.

Dress to Impress...Yourself

Your choice of clothing matters on mammogram day. Plan to wear a two-piece outfit; you'll only need to remove your top for the test. As Dr. Helen Johnson from the Mayo Clinic explains, "Comfort and ease during the procedure are essential for accurate imaging." Clinics may give you a robe to wear during your exam, which likely will open from the front for ease and convenience. Remember to dress comfortably as, less-is-more, when it comes to prepping for mammograms.

Declutter the Body Surface

Just as a painter needs a clean canvas, radiologists require a clear area for the most accurate imaging. Refrain from applying deodorants, antiperspirants, or lotions on the day of the test, as these can create artifacts that interfere with the images. Dr. Lisa Bailey, a former president of the American Society of Breast Surgeons, strongly advises that "Even a residue from these products can lead to false positives."

During the Mammogram Procedure - No Surprises Here

When you step into the imaging room, here's what you can typically expect:

The Compression - Yes, each breast will be momentarily compressed between two plates. The compression, while slightly uncomfortable, is necessary for capturing precise, high-definition imagesDr. Sarah M. Friedewald, the chief of breast imaging at the Lynn Sage Comprehensive Breast Center, assures that "The pressure is firm but quick, allowing us to visualize the maximum amount of tissue."
Time Investment - Contrary to popular belief, a mammogram is not a day-long affair. The entire procedure usually clocks in at around 20 minutes. From the moment you walk into the room to the moment you walk out; the process is streamlined for efficiency without sacrificing accuracy.
Emotional Preparedness - While the procedure itself is swift, the emotional toll can be considerable. This is particularly true for women who've never had a mammogram before or have a family history of breast cancer. Experts like Dr. Jennifer Litton, a breast medical oncologist at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, recommend "mental preparation and understanding that the procedure, though brief, is a critical step in proactive healthcare."

EMF Safety and Breast Health

It's worth noting that many women carry their cellphones in their sports bras during workouts, a habit that could potentially expose breast tissue to electromagnetic fields (EMFs).

Numerous studies such as this, Dr. Lisa Bailey, "Cell phones in your bra is a bad idea", and the detrimental health effects of close-proximity EMF exposure. SportPort Active sports bras and sport bra tanks come equipped with patented EMF-blocking pockets, offering you not only top-notch comfort but an additional layer of safety.

Preparation is half the battle when it comes to mammograms. Dress appropriately, skip the body products, and understand what to expect during the procedure to minimize stress and ensure the best possible results.

Here at SportPort Active, we're committed to empowering you with knowledge and quality products that prioritize your health and well-being.

Stay tuned as we release the next installment of our empowering 4-part series. We'll be discussing what to do after the mammogram and how to interpret the results.


Dr. Helen Margaret Johnson, Mayo Clinic

Dr. Lisa Bailey, Former President of the American Society of Breast Surgeons.

Dr. Sarah Friedewald, Chief of Breast Imaging at Lynn Sage Comprehensive Breast Center

Dr. Jennifer Litton, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

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