Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Your first appointment will likely be with either your primary care physician or a gynecologist. If you're seeking treatment for infertility, you may be referred to a doctor who specializes in reproductive hormones and optimizing fertility (reproductive endocrinologist).

Because appointments can be brief, and it can be difficult to remember everything you want to discuss, it's a good idea to prepare in advance of your appointment.

What you can do

  • Make a list of 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, herbs or vitamin supplements you take. Include how often you take them and the doses.
  • Have a family member or close friend accompany you, if possible. You may get a lot of information at your visit, and it can be difficult to remember everything.
  • Take a notepad or electronic device with you. Use it to make notes of 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 endometriosis, some basic questions to ask your doctor include:

  • How is endometriosis diagnosed?
  • What medications are available to treat endometriosis? Is there a medication that can 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?
  • Will endometriosis affect my ability to become pregnant?
  • Can treatment of endometriosis improve my fertility?
  • Can you recommend any alternative treatments I might try?

Make sure that you understand everything your doctor tells you. Don't hesitate to ask your doctor to repeat information or to ask follow-up questions for clarification.

What to expect from your doctor

Some potential questions your doctor might ask include:
  • How often do you experience these symptoms?
  • How long have you had these symptoms?
  • How severe are your symptoms?
  • Do your symptoms seem to be related to your menstrual cycle?
  • Does anything improve your symptoms?
  • Does anything make your symptoms worse?
Apr. 02, 2013

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