You might start by seeing your primary care provider. Or you might be referred immediately to a specialist in urinary tract and sexual disorders (urologist).
Here's some information to help you get ready for your appointment.
What you can do
Make a list of:
- Your symptoms, including any that might seem unrelated to the reason for your appointment, and when they began
- Key personal information, including major stresses or recent illnesses
- All medications, vitamins or other supplements you take, including doses
- Questions to ask your doctor
Take a family member or friend along, if possible, to help you remember the information you're given.
For prostatitis, questions to ask your doctor include:
- What is likely causing my symptoms?
- What other conditions could be causing my pain?
- What kinds of tests will I need?
- What treatment do you recommend?
- Are there other treatment options?
- Are there brochures or other printed materials I can have? What websites do you recommend?
Don't hesitate to ask other questions.
What to expect from your doctor
Your doctor is likely to ask you questions, such as:
- When did you begin having symptoms?
- How severe are your symptoms?
- Have your symptoms been continuous, or do they come and go?
- Were you recently diagnosed with a urinary tract infection?
- Have you had frequent urinary tract infections in the past?
- Have you had a recent injury to your groin?
- What, if anything, seems to improve your symptoms?
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