Preparing for your appointment

Depending on how severe your ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome is, your first appointment may be with your primary care provider, your gynecologist or infertility specialist, or possibly with a treating doctor in the emergency room.

If you have time, it's a good idea to prepare in advance of your appointment.

What you can do

  • Write down any symptoms you're experiencing. Include all of your symptoms, even if you don't think they're related.
  • Make a list of any medications and vitamin supplements you take. Write down doses and how often you take them.
  • Have a family member or close friend accompany you, if possible. You may be given a lot of information at your visit, and it can be difficult to remember everything.
  • Take a notebook or notepad with you. Use it to write down important information during your visit.
  • Prepare a list of questions to ask your doctor. List your most important questions first.

Some basic questions to ask include:

  • What's the most likely cause of my symptoms?
  • What kind of tests do I need?
  • Does ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome usually go away on its own, or will I need treatment?
  • Do you have any printed material or brochures I can take home with me? What websites do you recommend?

Make sure that you completely understand everything that your doctor tells you. Don't hesitate to ask your doctor to repeat information or to ask follow-up questions for clarification.

What to expect from your doctor

Some potential questions your doctor might ask include:

  • When did your symptoms begin?
  • How severe are your symptoms?
  • Does anything make your symptoms better?
  • Does anything seem to make your symptoms worse?
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