Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

In most cases, you won't need to see a doctor for mittelschmerz. However, if your pain is especially troublesome, you may make an appointment to confirm a diagnosis of mittelschmerz or to explore treatment options.

What you can do

You may want to write a list that includes:

  • Detailed descriptions of your symptoms
  • The dates when your last two menstrual periods began
  • Information about medical problems you've had
  • Information about the medical problems of your parents or siblings
  • All the medications and dietary supplements you take
  • Questions to ask the doctor

Preparing a list of questions for your doctor will help you make the most of your time together. For mittelschmerz, some basic questions to ask include:

  • What is likely causing my symptoms?
  • Are there other possible causes for my symptoms?
  • Are my symptoms likely to change over time?
  • Do I need tests?
  • What treatments or home remedies might help?
  • Do you have brochures or other printed materials I can have? What websites do you recommend?

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

What to expect from your doctor

Your doctor is likely to ask you a number of questions, such as:

  • How many days apart are your menstrual periods, and how long do they last?
  • How would you describe your symptoms?
  • Where is your pain?
  • How long have you been experiencing this pain? Is it constant or does it subside after a few minutes or hours?
  • On a scale of 1 to 10, how severe is your pain?
  • How long before or after your period does the pain occur?
  • Do you have other symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, back pain, dizziness or headache?
May. 30, 2014

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