Preparing for your appointment

You're likely to start by seeing your primary care provider or a doctor who specializes in conditions that affect women (gynecologist).

What you can do

Make a list of:

  • Your symptoms, including those that seem unrelated to the reason for the appointment, and when they began
  • All medications, vitamins and other supplements you take and the doses
  • Your medical history, including menstrual irregularities
  • Questions to ask your doctor

Take a family member or friend with you, if possible, to help you remember the information you're given.

Questions to ask your doctor include:

  • What's likely causing my symptoms?
  • What tests might I need?
  • Are my cysts likely to resolve on their own or will I need treatment?
  • Do you have printed materials or brochures I can have? What websites do you recommend?

Don't hesitate to ask other questions.

What to expect from your doctor

Questions your doctor might ask include:

  • How often do you have symptoms?
  • How severe are your symptoms?
  • Do your symptoms seem related to your menstrual cycle?
  • Does anything improve your symptoms?
  • Does anything make your symptoms worse?
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References
  1. Frequently asked questions. Gynecologic problems FAQ075. Ovarian cysts. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. http://www.acog.org/Patients/FAQs/Ovarian-Cysts. Accessed May 2, 2017.
  2. Muto MG. Approach to the patient with an adnexal mass. https://www.uptodate.com/home. Accessed May 2, 2017.
  3. Ovarian cysts fact sheet. Office on Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. http://www.womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/ovarian-cysts.html. Accessed May 2, 2017.
  4. Sharp HT. Evaluation and management of ruptured ovarian cyst. https://www.uptodate.com/home. Accessed May 2, 2017.
  5. Muto MG. Management of the adnexal mass. https://www.uptodate.com/home. Accessed May 2, 2017.