Mammogram - FAQs Q: How long should I continue having mammograms? A: That is something you need to discuss with your provider, but generally we recommend continuing your annual screening as long as you are in good health. Q: Do I need to remove deodorant or powder for my mammogram? A: Yes, deodorant and powder have ingredients that can show up in the mammogram that could cause you to have to come back for extra images. We will provide wipes for removal at your appointment. Q: How does breast compression help during a mammogram? A: Compression spreads the breast tissue out thus making it easier for the Radiologist to view the tissue. Also the more compression, the less radiation is needed, and less chance of motion (less chance we will need to repeat the image). Q: Do mammograms hurt? A: Compression of the breast is painful for some women and just uncomfortable for others. Q: I drank something with caffeine before my mammogram, will that harm my images? A: Caffeine does not affect the breast image. The reason we ask you not to drink caffeine is because it makes some women’s breasts tender, if you abstain for 24- 48 hours it may help with the pain.