Preparing for your appointment

If your primary care provider suspects Sheehan's syndrome, you'll likely be referred to a doctor who specializes in hormonal disorders (endocrinologist).

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

What you can do

When you make the appointment, ask if there's anything you need to do in advance, such as fasting before having a specific test. Make a list of:

  • Your symptoms, even if they seem unrelated to each other, and when they began
  • Key personal information, including recent surgical procedures and other major stresses, and your family medical history
  • All medications, vitamins or other supplements you take, including doses
  • Questions to ask your doctor

Bring medical records from previous pregnancies, especially those on labor and delivery. Take a family member or friend along, if possible, to help you remember the information you're given.

For Sheehan's syndrome, basic questions to ask your doctor include:

  • What's the most likely cause of my symptoms?
  • What tests do I need?
  • Is Sheehan's syndrome temporary, or will I always have it?
  • Will I be able to have another child?
  • What treatments are available, and what do you recommend?
  • I have other health conditions. How can I best manage them together?
  • Are there dietary or activity restrictions I need to follow?
  • Are there brochures or other printed material 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, including:

  • Did you bleed heavily after your delivery?
  • Did you have other complications during childbirth?
  • Do you have symptoms all the time, or do they come and go?
  • How severe are your symptoms?
  • What, if anything, seems to improve your symptoms?
  • Does anything seem to make your symptoms worse?
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References
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  13. Belfort MA. Overview of postpartum hemorrhage. http://www.uptodate.com/home. Accessed Oct. 1, 2016.
  14. Snyder PJ. Causes of hypopituitarism. http://www.uptodate.com/home. Accessed Oct. 1, 2016.