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:
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- 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?
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