Preparing for your appointmentBy Mayo Clinic staff
Make an appointment with your family doctor or gynecologist if you have symptoms of posterior prolapse that bother you or interfere with your normal activities.
Here's some information to help you prepare for your appointment and know what to expect from your doctor.
What you can do
- Write down any symptoms you've had, and for how long.
- Make note of key medical information, including any other conditions for which you're being treated and the names of medications, vitamins or supplements you regularly take.
- Bring a friend or relative along, if possible. Having someone else there may help you remember important information or provide details on something that you missed during the appointment.
- Write down questions to ask your doctor, listing the most important ones first in case time runs short.
For posterior prolapse, some basic questions to ask your doctor include:
- What can I do at home to ease my symptoms?
- Should I follow any activity restrictions?
- What are my chances that the bulge will get bigger if I don't do anything?
- What treatment approach do you recommend?
- What's the likelihood that the posterior prolapse will recur if I have it surgically treated?
- What are the risks of a surgical procedure?
During your appointment, don't hesitate to ask other questions as they occur to you.
What to expect from your doctor
Your doctor is likely to ask you a number of questions, such as:
- What symptoms are you experiencing?
- When did you first notice symptoms?
- Have your symptoms gotten worse over time?
- Do you also have pelvic pain?
- Do you ever leak urine?
- Have you had a severe or ongoing cough?
- Do you do any heavy lifting in your job or daily activities?
- Do you strain during bowel movements?
- Do you have any other medical conditions?
- What medications, vitamins or supplements do you take?
- Has anyone in your family ever had posterior prolapse or any other pelvic problems?
- How many children have you given birth to? Were your deliveries vaginal?
- Do you plan to have children in the future?
- Do you have any other concerns?
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