Many women are hesitant to talk to their doctor about their most pressing health questions. Often times they suffer in silence when the solution may be quite simple. Menopause is one of those subjects many women are reluctant to discuss. However, knowledge is power and your doctor can help. Here are a few tips to help you talk with your doctor about menopause.
#1 Don’t be embarrassed.
Your doctor sees hundreds of patients each week. Many of them are experiencing the same symptoms and conditions that you are. Any question you ask, your doctor has likely already heard many times. It’s important to have the answers to your questions so please don’t be embarrassed to ask them.
#2 Be prepared.
It’s important to be prepared to answer your doctor’s questions. Before you go to your appointment make sure you know your vital information.
* What medications are you taking? How much and how often? How are the medications making you feel? Any side effects?
* What herbs or supplements are you taking? How much and how often?
* Do you drink alcohol or caffeine? How much? Do you take drugs or smoke?
* How is your diet? (Be honest.) How often do you exercise? How much sleep are you getting?
#3 Have a Goal
What do you want to get out of the appointment? What’s the purpose for you going to the doctors? Make sure you take steps to achieve your goal. For example, if you’re struggling with hot flashes that are making your life unbearable then your goal may be to manage or eliminate hot flashes.
#4 Make a list.
Make a list of the questions you have for your doctor. This accomplishes two important things. The first is that if you’re asking questions from your list it may give you the extra push to ask the questions that you find embarrassing. All you have to do is read the question.
Second, it helps you remember to ask all of the questions you want to know. As you get talking to the doctor it’s easy to forget what you wanted to ask. Having your questions written down ahead of time will help you remember.
#5 Demand Attention and Respect
Many patients complain about not getting the kind of treatment they want from their doctor. Maybe they just don’t get enough time with their doctor or maybe they feel disrespected. Don’t settle for this. If your current doctor isn’t able to give you the time or respect you want and deserve, find another doctor. There are many good physicians who place a high priority on listening to their patients. Your health is too important to settle.
Menopause is a time of great change in your life. You’ll experience physical, mental and emotional changes. Give yourself permission to talk freely with your doctor about what’s going on with your health. Be prepared. Demand respect and attention. Be honest and let go of embarrassment. Your health is too important.