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It’s your appointment. How can you get the most out of it?

by Margery Gass | Jul 30, 2012
According to a 2012 survey, 77 percent of women having menopausal symptoms have not had a conversation with their healthcare provider about their symptoms. So be your own best advocate and bring up your concerns at your next visit. It’s your appointment, and this is your opportunity to have your issues addressed one-on-one with your healthcare provider. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your appointment:

  • Make a list. Take a list of questions to your appointment with the most important item at the top. 
  • Don’t be shy. If you’re concerned about a sexual topic, don’t hesitate to bring it up. Sexual concerns are common at menopause. Your healthcare provider is there to help.
  • Take notes. Or ask for printed material or other resources that could help you at home. 
  • Inform your provider. Be sure to tell your provider if you are taking over-the-countermedications, supplements, herbs, or other products so that drug interactions can be avoided.
  • State your preferences. Some women prefer prescription medications, others prefer lifestyle and behavior changes to reduce symptoms. It helps your provider to know what your healthcare priorities are.
  • Ask questions. Query your provider about what you should be doing to be your healthiest.


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