Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

You'll likely start by seeing your family doctor or a general practitioner. You may be referred to a specialist in disorders of hormone function and the endocrine system (endocrinologist).

What to expect from your doctor

Your doctor is likely to ask you a number of questions. Be prepared to answer the following:

  • When did you first begin experiencing symptoms?
  • Have your symptoms been continuous or occasional?
  • What medications — including prescription, over-the-counter drugs and dietary supplements — do you take regularly? What is the dosage of each?
  • Have you recently started a new medication?
  • Have you recently experienced any stressful life events or change?
  • Have you experienced rapid or unintended weight loss? How much have you lost?
  • Have you observed any change in your menstrual cycle?
  • Have you experienced any sexual dysfunction?
  • Are you having trouble sleeping?
  • Has anyone in your family had thyroid problems?
Jul. 07, 2011