Women who put off getting a mammogram because they are afraid it might hurt, could benefit from an over-the-counter pain-relieving gel. When lidocaine gel was applied to the chest and breasts an hour before a mammogram, women reported significantly less discomfort compared to those who took acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
That is according to a study led by researchers at St. Luke's Mountain States Tumor Institute in Idaho and published online in the journal Radiology. Over 400 women participated in the study. Researchers say women can apply the gel at home and then wipe it off right before the exam. The gel does not affect the quality of the image.