Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

You'll likely start by seeking advice about your hot flashes from your family doctor or gynecologist.

What you can do

To prepare for your appointment:

  • Keep track of your symptoms. For instance, make a list of how many hot flashes you experience in a day and note how severe they are.
  • Make a list of any medications, herbs, vitamins and supplements you take. Include the doses and how often you take them.
  • Have a family member or close friend accompany you, if possible. It can be difficult to retain all the information you get during your visit.
  • Take a notebook or notepad with you. Use it to note important information during your visit.
  • Write a list of questions to ask your doctor. List your most important questions first, in case time runs out.

Some basic questions to ask include:

  • What tests might I need, if any?
  • What treatments are available to minimize my symptoms?
  • Is there anything else I can do to relieve my symptoms?
  • Are there alternative therapies I might try?
  • Do you have printed information I can have?
  • What websites do you recommend?

Don't hesitate to ask other questions, as well.

What to expect from your doctor

Some questions your doctor might ask include:

  • Are you still having periods?
  • When was your last period?
  • How often do your symptoms bother you?
  • How uncomfortable do your symptoms make you?
  • Does anything seem to help?
  • Does anything make your symptoms worse?
May. 16, 2014

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