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Talking to Your Doctor About Uterine Fibroids
- Bring someone else with you. It helps to have another person hear what is said and think of questions to ask.
- Write out your questions ahead of time, so you don't forget them.
- Write down the answers you get, and make sure you understand what you are hearing. Ask for clarification, if necessary.
- Don't be afraid to ask your questions or ask where you can find more information about what you are discussing. You have a right to know.
- Do I have fibroids?
- What are fibroids?
- Do they cause cancer?
- What else could it be?
- Am I at risk for developing fibroids?
- What are the chances that my fibroids will cause symptoms?
- Will they go away without treatment?
- What treatment is appropriate for me?
- Why do you recommend that particular treatment option?
- What should I do to be ready for treatment?
- How long will my treatment last?
- What risks and side effects should I watch for?
- Will it affect my normal activities?
- Will I be able to have children after my treatment?
- What is likely to happen without treatment?
What medications are available to me?
- What are the benefits/side effects of these medications?
- Will these medications interact with other medications, over-the-counter products, or dietary or herbal supplements that I am already taking?
- Are there any alternative or complementary therapies that will help me?
- Can I pick the option that best preserves my chances of having children?
- Can I pick the option that prevents me from getting pregnant?
- Which options provide the greatest protection against cancer?
- Should I follow a special diet?
- Are there any dietary changes I should make?
Should I begin an exercise program?
- What kind of exercise is best?
- How often should I exercise?
- How do I get started exercising?
- Should I stop drinking alcohol?
- If appropriate—how can I find help quitting smoking?
- How will my fibroids and their treatment affect my fertility and sex life?
- Can you recommend some support groups for me and my family?
- What are the chances my fibroids will come back after treatment?
- How will I know that my treatment has been effective?
- What can I tell my husband, children, parents, and other family members and friends about my condition? Should I tell them?
- What is my expected prognosis?
- How often will I need checkups?
- Reviewer: Andrea Chisholm, MD
- Review Date: 12/2014
- Update Date: 12/20/2014