Preparing for your appointment

By 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:

  • 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?
    Aug. 29, 2015