Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Menopause
We know that talking about menopause (or even recognizing its symptoms) is not easy. Many women suffer in silence, choosing to gut out the uncomfortable symptoms rather than start the conversation with their physician to weigh treatment options. While we can’t book your doctor’s appointment for you, we can help you show up to your appointment prepared with some baseline questions about menopause to ask. We have compiled a list of helpful questions to ask below, and recommend that you print this list and bring with you to your next appointment. We also recommend keeping a list of any symptoms you may have already noticed, so that you don’t forget them in the moment!
Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Menopause:
- Based on my age, when can I expect symptoms of perimenopause or menopause, and what are the symptoms? (If you have not yet begun experiencing symptoms)
- How do I know if my on-again, off-again menstrual bleeding is perimenopause or another problem? (If you are still experiencing a period)
- Do women who've had a hysterectomy know if they are going through menopause?
- Could my symptoms be due to a condition other than menopause? (Be ready with your list of symptoms - the character, frequency, duration, intensity, triggers, etc.)
- What are the treatment options that I might consider to control my menopause symptoms? Are there simple changes to my lifestyle or diet that I can implement immediately?
- If I choose to use hormone therapy, what are the advantages and disadvantages of the various routes of administration (pill, patch, cream, vaginal, etc.)?
- What are the side effects of hormone therapy, and how does my individual health/family history affect my decision to take hormone therapy? What are the risks?
- Am I a candidate for bioidentical hormones? If so, and you prescribe them, how can we work together to ensure that I am getting a dose that is appropriate for me?
- My sex drive is low. Can this be due to menopause or other factors in my life?
- Will my incontinence stop after menopause, and what can I do about it now?
- Can you arrange for evaluations for osteoporosis and heart disease? At what age should I have these evaluations?
- When do I need my mammogram, pap smear and colon cancer test?