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Talking With Your Doctor About Menopause
Posted on March 11, 2016 2:15 PM by Dr. Mac
Categories: Menopause
Communicating with your doctor about your health may be a challenge depending on how comfortable you are to openly discuss your body and menopause.  One key to managing menopause is choosing an experienced doctor that will listen to your concerns and thoroughly answer your questions.  Prior to your visit, make a list of what you are experiencing and review that so you clearly explain to Dr. Mac or Kristi all of your concerns during the appointment.
 
What Should You Tell Your Doctor?
 
When talking to the doctor, you should never feel embarrassed since they have discussed many sensitive topics with other patients.  This is your health and if you leave something out it could affect the rate at which you get relief from menopause.  Menopausal symptoms vary among women so describe your symptoms with detail such as when they started to happen and what you think might be triggering them.
 
Increase the rate which you get relief from menopause by providing organized and accurate information.  As well, be honest when listing what you are taking as far as prescription drugs and supplements.  Important information to include is your diet, exercise, sexual history, whether or not you smoke or drink alcohol, and if you have any allergies.
 
What Should You Do?
 
After you visit with the doctor, be sure all your concerns and questions have been addressed before leaving the office.  At this point, it may be helpful to double-check your list and ask follow-up questions.  If the doctor ordered tests, be sure to ask when you can expect to hear back from them about the results and the side effects of those tests.
 
In regard to treatment, talk with your doctor about how long it will last and what you can expect in menopausal symptoms and side effects.  Learn as much as you can prior to receiving menopause treatment in Indianapolis by asking questions so you make a well-informed decision about your health!
David McLaughlin, MD