Unfortunately, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many people skipped annual health screenings—including mammograms. In a study of more than 1,300 participants published in JAMA, 41% of them reported missing out on medical care during the first months of the pandemic. A significant chunk of respondents also said that financial concerns also kept them from making those crucial appointments.
Now more than ever, it’s important to listen to health care professionals. When the medical assistant says, “Please put on your gown—the doctor will be in to see you soon,” you should treat the word gown literally. And as Kaling shows, the very best selfies are taken in gynecology offices and breast cancer screening rooms. Pink flatters all. This is a versatile look that you can wear to a picnic, the office, brunch with friends, a date night…the list goes on.
Other great opportunities for a gown photo opp: an STI check! A mole screening! An annual physical! If you have health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, mammograms are covered every two years for women after the age of 50. And Planned Parenthood and other women’s health clinics offer reduced rates as needed, including for people who do not have health insurance. (This is one of the many, many ways Planned Parenthood saves lives.)
Scroll down the responses to Mindy Kaling’s tweet and you will be treated to a parade of looks—women in hot pinks and Pepto Bismols, semi-sheer fabrics, deep Vs, and high slits. There are stories from cancer survivors and mammogram newbies; there’s gratitude and grief and cheerful grumbling. There is language for breasts that runs from “tatas” to “boobs” to “sloppy bags.”
All of it is perfect. Let this be a new trend—our Instagram Explore pages should just be women taking selfies as they wait for their doctor to come back in. With this, I begin to pull together my makeup look my upcoming yearly wellness exam.
There really is only one question left: Could you use a speculum as a claw clip?
This story originally appeared on Glamour.
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