I take hormone therapy for my menopause symptoms. When should I plan follow-up visits to my doctor?

Answers from Shannon K. Laughlin-Tommaso, M.D.

In general, you can follow-up with your doctor once a year for a pelvic exam, a mammogram and to reassess your need for ongoing hormone therapy.

However, you should see your doctor for re-evaluation sooner than your next yearly checkup if you develop or are diagnosed with:

  • Unexpected vaginal bleeding
  • Persistent menopausal symptoms
  • A blood-clotting disorder
  • Symptoms of heart and blood vessel (cardiovascular) disease
  • Hormone-dependent breast cancer or another hormone-dependent cancer

Developing any one of these conditions may mean that hormone therapy is no longer recommended for you.

With

Shannon K. Laughlin-Tommaso, M.D.

Nov. 07, 2014 See more Expert Answers