Preparing for your appointment

You might start by seeing your primary care provider. Or you might be referred immediately to a specialist in urinary tract and sexual disorders (urologist).

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

What you can do

Make a list of:

  • Your symptoms, including any that might seem unrelated to the reason for your appointment, and when they began
  • Key personal information, including major stresses or recent illnesses
  • All medications, vitamins or other supplements you take, including doses
  • Questions to ask your doctor

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

For prostatitis, questions to ask your doctor include:

  • What is likely causing my symptoms?
  • What other conditions could be causing my pain?
  • What kinds of tests will I need?
  • What treatment do you recommend?
  • Are there other treatment options?
  • Are there brochures or other printed materials I can have? What websites do you recommend?

Don't hesitate to ask other questions.

What to expect from your doctor

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

  • When did you begin having symptoms?
  • How severe are your symptoms?
  • Have your symptoms been continuous, or do they come and go?
  • Were you recently diagnosed with a urinary tract infection?
  • Have you had frequent urinary tract infections in the past?
  • Have you had a recent injury to your groin?
  • What, if anything, seems to improve your symptoms?
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References
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