Preparing for your appointmentBy Mayo Clinic Staff
Your first appointment will likely be with either your primary care provider or a gynecologist.
What you can do
- Write down your symptoms and when they began. Include all of your symptoms, even if you don't think they're related.
- Make a list of medications, vitamins and supplements you take. Write down doses and how often you take them.
- Have a family member or friend accompany you, if possible. He or she can help you remember the information you receive.
- Take a notebook or notepad with you. Use it to jot down important information during your visit.
- List questions to ask your doctor. This will help you remember what you want to know.
For uterine polyps, some basic questions to ask include:
- What could be causing my symptoms?
- What 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 other questions.
What to expect from your doctor
Some questions your doctor might ask include:
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- When did your symptoms start?
- 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 before?
- Have you had fertility problems? Do you want to become pregnant?
- Does your family have a history of breast, colon or endometrial cancer?
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- Cooper NAM, et al. Outpatient versus inpatient uterine polyp treatment for abnormal uterine bleeding: Randomised controlled non-inferiority study. British Medical Journal. 2015;350:h1398.
- Salim S, et al. Diagnosis and management of endometrial polyps: A critical review of the literature. The Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology. 2011;18:569.