Preparing For Your Appointment
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Reference Making the Most of Your Appointment.
You can help your doctor diagnose and treat your condition by being prepared to answer the following questions:
- What were the dates of your last two menstrual
- If you are a teen, do you have regular cycles, such as a period every 21 to 45 days?
- If you are an adult, do you have regular cycles, such as a period every 21 to 35 days?
- If you have been through Reference menopause Opens New Window, how long ago was your last menstrual period?
- Has your menstrual flow been Reference heavier bleeding than usual?
- What is your
- Is it regular, with approximately the same number of days in between periods?
- Is it irregular? What is the range from the longest to the shortest time interval between your periods?
- What method of Reference birth control Opens New Window do you use? It is especially important to tell your doctor if you use an Reference intrauterine device (IUD) Opens New Window.
- Have you done a Reference home pregnancy test Opens New Window? If so, when did you do the test and what was the result?
- Have you been under increased psychological or physical stress?
- Have you recently gained or lost more than 10 pounds for no known reason?
- What prescription and nonprescription medicines are you taking?
- How does your pain differ from your typical menstrual cramps?
- Do you engage in Reference high-risk sexual behaviors?
- Do you have any Reference health risks?
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference June 20, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Reference David Messenger, MD