Preparing for your appointment

You may be referred to a gynecologist.

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

What you can do

  • List symptoms you've been having, and for how long
  • List all medications, vitamins and supplements you take, including the doses
  • List key personal and medical information, including other conditions, recent life changes and stressors
  • Prepare questions to ask your doctor

For uterine prolapse, some basic questions to ask your doctor include:

  • What can I do at home to ease my symptoms?
  • What are the chances that the prolapse will worsen if I don't do anything?
  • What treatment approach do you recommend?
  • What's the likelihood that the uterine prolapse will recur if I have it surgically treated?
  • What are the risks of surgery?

During your appointment, don't hesitate to ask other questions as they occur to you.

What to expect from your doctor

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

  • What symptoms are you experiencing?
  • When did you first notice your symptoms? Have they worsened over time?
  • Do you have pelvic pain?
  • Do you ever leak urine?
  • Have you had a severe or ongoing cough?
  • Do you do any heavy lifting in your job or daily activities?
  • Do you strain during bowel movements?
  • Has anyone in your family ever had uterine prolapse or any other pelvic problems?
  • How many children have you given birth to? Were your deliveries vaginal?
  • Do you plan to have children in the future?
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