Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

You're likely to start by seeing your family doctor or primary care provider. In some cases, you might be referred immediately to a doctor who specializes in urinary tract disorders (urologist).

Here's some information to help you prepare for your appointment, and what to expect from your doctor.

What you can do

  • Be aware of any pre-appointment restrictions. At the time you make the appointment, be sure to ask if there's anything you need to do in advance to prepare for common diagnostic tests.
  • Write down any symptoms you're experiencing, including any that may seem unrelated to the reason for which you scheduled the appointment.
  • Make a list of your key medical information, including any other conditions for which you're being treated, and the names of any medications, vitamins or supplements you're taking.
  • Consider questions to ask your doctor and write them down. Bring along notepaper and a pen to jot down information as your doctor addresses your questions.

What to expect from your doctor

Your doctor or health care provider is likely to ask you a number of questions, such as:

  • What color is your urine?
  • Do you see blood or blood clots in your urine?
  • When did you first notice the unusual urine color?
  • Does it happen all the time or only sometimes?
  • Do you also notice an unusual odor to your urine?
  • Are you urinating more or less frequently than usual?
  • Do you have pain while urinating?
  • What other symptoms are you experiencing?
  • Has your appetite changed?
  • Do you seem to be more or less thirsty than usual?
  • Have you had any previous urinary problems?
  • Do you have any allergies?
  • What medications are you taking?
March 14, 2015