Preparing for your appointment

You may be referred to a specialist in female reproductive medicine (gynecologist), a specialist in hormone disorders (endocrinologist) or an infertility specialist (reproductive endocrinologist).

Here's some information to help you get ready for your appointment.

What you can do

  • List symptoms you've been having, and for how long
  • List all medications, vitamins and supplements you take, including the doses
  • List key personal and medical information, including other conditions, recent life changes and stressors
  • Prepare questions to ask your doctor
  • Keep a record of your menstrual cycles

For PCOS, some basic questions to ask your doctor include:

  • What tests do you recommend?
  • How does PCOS affect my ability to become pregnant?
  • What medications do you recommend to help improve my symptoms or ability to conceive?
  • What lifestyle modifications do you recommend to help improve my symptoms or ability to conceive?
  • What are the long-term health implications of PCOS?
  • I have other medical conditions. How can I best manage them together?

During your appointment, don't hesitate to ask other questions as they occur to you.

What to expect from your doctor

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

  • What are your signs and symptoms? How often do they occur?
  • How severe are your symptoms?
  • When did each symptom begin?
  • When was your last period?
  • Have you gained weight since you first started having periods? How much weight did you gain, and when did you gain it?
  • Does anything improve or worsen your symptoms?
  • Are you trying to become pregnant, or do you wish to become pregnant?
  • Has your mother or sister ever been diagnosed with PCOS?