Your first appointment will be with either your primary care provider 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
Before your appointment:
- 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.
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?
Don't hesitate to ask your doctor to repeat information or to ask follow-up questions.
What to expect from your doctor
Some questions your doctor might ask include:
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- 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?
- Are you using a birth control method?
- 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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