Preparing for your appointment

You're likely to start by seeing your family doctor. If you're pregnant, you'll likely see your obstetrician, or you may be referred to a doctor who specializes in fetal health (perinatologist). In some instances, you may be referred to a doctor who specializes in infectious diseases.

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

What you can do

You may want to write a list that includes:

  • Descriptions of your symptoms
  • Information about medical problems you've had
  • Information about the medical problems of your parents or siblings
  • Medications and dietary supplements you take
  • Questions you want to ask the doctor

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

  • What tests do I need?
  • What treatments are available, and which do you recommend?
  • What side effects might I expect from treatment?
  • I'm pregnant. What effect will this have on my baby?
  • I have other health problems. How can I manage them together?
  • Are there brochures or other printed materials I can have? What websites do you recommend?

Don't hesitate to ask other questions, as well.

What to expect from your doctor

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

  • When did your symptoms start?
  • How severe are your symptoms?
  • Have you recently consumed raw or undercooked meat?
  • Do you own or care for a cat? Who changes the litter box?
  • Do you wear gloves when gardening or working with soil?
  • Do you have conditions or take medications that affect your immune system?