Preparing for your appointmentBy Mayo Clinic staff
Your first appointment will be with either your primary care physician or your gynecologist. To save time and make sure you cover everything you want to discuss, it's a good idea to prepare for your appointment.
What you can do
- Write down any symptoms you're experiencing. Include those that may seem unrelated to your condition.
- Make a list of any medications or vitamin supplements you take. Write down doses and how often you take them.
- Take a notebook or electronic notepad with you. Use it to write down important information during your visit.
- Think about questions to ask your doctor. Write down any questions, listing the most important ones first, in case time runs out.
For adenomyosis, some basic questions to ask your doctor include:
- How is adenomyosis diagnosed?
- How much experience do you have in diagnosing and treating adenomyosis?
- Are there any medications I can take to improve my symptoms?
- What side effects can I expect from medication use?
- Under what circumstances do you recommend surgery?
- Will I take a medication before or after surgery?
- Could my condition affect my ability to become pregnant?
- Are there any alternative treatments I might try?
If you don't understand something, ask your doctor to repeat the information, or ask follow-up questions.
What to expect from your doctor
Some questions your doctor might ask include:
- How long have you been experiencing symptoms?
- When do symptoms typically occur?
- How severe are your symptoms?
- When was your last period?
- Could you be pregnant?
- What birth control method are you using?
- Do your symptoms seem to be related to your menstrual cycle?
- Does anything seem to improve your symptoms?
- Does anything make your symptoms worse?
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