“Write down the name and important facts about each medicine, vitamin, and herb you take. Note any side effects or problems you have taking your medicines”.1

Umbrella

What may the Menopause Health Care Provider Appointments Umbrella include?

Depending on the Source (DotS) this Umbrella may include:

  • Health Care Provider Appointments
  • Health Care Provider Consultations
  • Health Care Provider Visits

What Can I Do?

What can I do to make the most of my health care provider appointments?

In Menopause: Diagnosis & Treatment – Preparing for Your Appointment: What You Can Do the (United States) Mayo Clinic explain:

“Before your appointment:

  • Keep track of your symptoms…
  • Make a list of any medications, herbs and vitamin supplements you take…
  • Ask a family member or close friend accompany you, if possible…
  • Take a notebook or notepad with you…
  • Prepare a list of questions to ask your doctor…”.2

Questions To Ask

What are some questions to ask health care providers?

The Mayo Clinic explain:

“Some basic questions to ask include:

  • What kind of tests might I need, if any?
  • What treatments are available to minimize my symptoms?
  • Is there anything I can do to relieve my symptoms?
  • What steps can I take to maintain my health?
  • Are there any alternative therapies I might try?
  • Do you have any printed material or brochures I can take with me?
  • What websites do you recommend?
In addition, don’t hesitate to ask questions at any time during your appointment”.3

In Menopause: Diagnosis and Management – Information for the Public: Questions To Ask About Menopause the (British) National Institute for Health and Care Excellence’s (NICE) elaborate on questions to ask relating to:

Menopause Health Care Providers Appointments

  • “Diagnosis…
  • About Menopause…
  • About Premature Menopause (Premature Ovarian Insufficiency)…
  • Lifestyle…
  • Treatment for Menopausal Symptoms…
  • For Family Members, Friends or Carers”.4

Hormone Questions To Ask

What are some questions to ask health care providers about hormones?

In Menopause: Medicines To Help You: Important Questions To Ask About Menopause Hormone Medicines the (United States) Food and Drug Administration (FDA) explain:

  • “Are hormones right for me? Why?
  • What are the benefits?
  • What are the serious risks and common side effects?
  • How long should I use hormone therapy?
  • What is the lowest dose that will work for me?
  • Are there any non-hormone medicines that I can take?”5

Questions I May Be Asked

What are some questions I may be asked by health care providers?Menopause Health Care Providers Appointments

In Menopause: Diagnosis & Treatment – Preparing for Your Appointment: What To Expect From Your Doctor the Mayo Clinic explain:

“Some questions your doctor might ask include:

  • Are you still having periods?
  • When was your last period?
  • How often do you experience bothersome symptoms?
  • How uncomfortable do your symptoms make you?
  • Does anything seem to improve your symptoms?
  • Does anything make your symptoms worse?”.6

Menstrual Calendar

Where may I find a menstrual calendar to keep a record of my periods?

In MenoNotes the North American Menopause Society include:

My Medicines

Where may I find a format to record the medicines I take?

In Medication Safety for Women: 2. Keep A Medicine List the (United States) Food and Drug Administration (FDA) explain for their My Medicines brochure you can:

“Write down the name and important facts about each medicine, vitamin, and herb you take. Note any side effects or problems you have taking your medicines. Keep the list with you all the time. Show it to your healthcare provider so that they know about all of the medicines you take”.7

In Medication Safety for Women: 2. Keep A Medicine List – My Medicines Record Keeper the FDA also explain:

“Use the My Medicines brochure to help you keep track of the medicines you take. This brochure is available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Polish, and 10 Asian/Pacific Islander languages”.8

In Medication Safety for Women: 2. Keep A Medicine List the FDA include:

Test Results

Who rings about test results?

Depending on the health care provider this may vary. It may therefore be in your best interest to choose to ask your health care provider this question, so you can be clear about whether you ring for your test results or whether your health care provider will ring you, if you need to discuss your test results.

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  1. Medication Safety for Women: 2. Keep A Medicine List. Content Current As of: 18 September 2018. Food and Drug Administration https://www.fda.gov/consumers/womens-health-topics/medication-safety-women Accessed: 09 April 2020
  2. Menopause: Diagnosis & Treatment – Preparing for Your Appointment: What You Can Do. 07 August 2017. Mayo Clinic https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/menopause/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20353401 Accessed: 09 April 2020
  3. Menopause: Diagnosis & Treatment – Preparing for Your Appointment: What You Can Do. 07 August 2017. Mayo Clinic https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/menopause/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20353401 Accessed: 09 April 2020
  4. Menopause: Diagnosis and Management – Information for the Public: Questions To Ask About Menopause. Published Date: 12 November 2015. Last Updated: 05 December 2019. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/NG23/ifp/chapter/Questions-to-ask-about-menopause Accessed: 09 April 2020
  5. Menopause: Medicines To Help You: Important Questions To Ask About Menopause Hormone Medicines. Content Current As of: 22 August 2019. Food and Drug Administration https://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ByAudience/ForWomen/ucm118627.htm Accessed: 09 April 2020
  6. Menopause: Diagnosis & Treatment – Preparing for Your Appointment: What To Expect From Your Doctor. 07 August 2017. Mayo Clinic https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/menopause/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20353401 Accessed: 09 April 2020
  7. Medication Safety for Women: 2. Keep A Medicine List. Content Current As of: 18 September 2018. Food and Drug Administration https://www.fda.gov/consumers/womens-health-topics/medication-safety-women Accessed: 09 April 2020
  8. Medication Safety for Women: 2. Keep A Medicine List – My Medicines Record Keeper. Content Current As of: 18 September 2018. Food and Drug Administration https://www.fda.gov/consumers/womens-health-topics/medication-safety-women Accessed: 09 April 2020
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