Preparing for your appointmentBy Mayo Clinic staff
Your first appointment will likely be with either your primary care provider or a gynecologist.
Because appointments can be brief, and it can be difficult to remember everything you want to discuss, it's a good idea to prepare ahead of time.
What you can do
- Write down any symptoms you're experiencing. Include all of your symptoms, even if you don't think they're related.
- Make a list of any medications and vitamin supplements you take. Write down doses and how often you take them.
- Have a family member or close friend accompany you, if possible. You may be given a lot of information at your visit, and it can be difficult to remember everything.
- Take a notebook or notepad with you. Use it to take down important information during your visit.
- Prepare a list of questions to ask your doctor. List your most important questions first, in case time runs out.
For uterine polyps, some basic questions to ask include:
- What could be causing my symptoms?
- What kinds of tests might I need?
- Are medications available to treat my condition?
- What side effects can I expect from medication use?
- Under what circumstances do you recommend surgery?
- Could uterine polyps affect my ability to become pregnant?
- Will treatment of uterine polyps improve my fertility?
- Can uterine polyps be cancerous?
Don't hesitate to ask follow-up questions during your appointment.
What to expect from your doctor
Some potential questions your doctor might ask include:
- How long have you been experiencing symptoms?
- How often do you have these symptoms?
- How severe are your symptoms?
- Does anything seem to improve your symptoms?
- Does anything seem to make your symptoms worse?
- Have you been treated for uterine polyps or cervical polyps in the past?
- Have you experienced any issues with infertility? Do you want to become pregnant?
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