Preparing for your appointmentBy Mayo Clinic staff
You'll likely start by seeing your family doctor or a general practitioner. You may be referred to a specialist in disorders of hormone function and the endocrine system (endocrinologist).
What to expect from your doctor
Your doctor is likely to ask you a number of questions. Be prepared to answer the following:
- When did you first begin experiencing symptoms?
- Have your symptoms been continuous or occasional?
- What medications — including prescription, over-the-counter drugs and dietary supplements — do you take regularly? What is the dosage of each?
- Have you recently started a new medication?
- Have you recently experienced any stressful life events or change?
- Have you experienced rapid or unintended weight loss? How much have you lost?
- Have you observed any change in your menstrual cycle?
- Have you experienced any sexual dysfunction?
- Are you having trouble sleeping?
- Has anyone in your family had thyroid problems?
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