Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Your first appointment will likely be with either your primary care provider or a gynecologist.

Because appointments can be brief, and it can be difficult to remember everything you want to discuss, it's a good idea to prepare ahead of time.

What you can do

  • Write down any symptoms you're experiencing. Include all of your symptoms, even if you don't think they're related.
  • Make a list of any medications and vitamin supplements you take. Write down doses and how often you take them.
  • Have a family member or close friend accompany you, if possible. You may be given a lot of information at your visit, and it can be difficult to remember everything.
  • Take a notebook or notepad with you. Use it to take down important information during your visit.
  • Prepare a list of questions to ask your doctor. List your most important questions first, in case time runs out.

For uterine polyps, some basic questions to ask include:

  • What could be causing my symptoms?
  • What kinds of tests might I need?
  • Are medications available to treat my condition?
  • What side effects can I expect from medication use?
  • Under what circumstances do you recommend surgery?
  • Could uterine polyps affect my ability to become pregnant?
  • Will treatment of uterine polyps improve my fertility?
  • Can uterine polyps be cancerous?

Don't hesitate to ask follow-up questions during your appointment.

What to expect from your doctor

Some potential questions your doctor might ask include:

  • How long have you been experiencing symptoms?
  • How often do you have these symptoms?
  • How severe are your symptoms?
  • Does anything seem to improve your symptoms?
  • Does anything seem to make your symptoms worse?
  • Have you been treated for uterine polyps or cervical polyps in the past?
  • Have you experienced any issues with infertility? Do you want to become pregnant?
Sep. 25, 2012