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Your Guide to Menopause

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At Your Appointment

Menopause Appointment Guide

Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
  • Please describe the symptoms and issues you’re having that led you to schedule this online appointment. Start at the beginning of this current episode and tell me how and when things have changed and progressed.
  • When was your last bone density test, mammogram, Pap smear, and colorectal cancer screening?
  • Are you taking a daily calcium and vitamin D supplement?
  • How much exercise do you get in a typical week?
  • How bothersome or severe are your menopause symptoms?
  • What lifestyle changes have you made or plan to make to support your health?
  • Do you still get periods?
  • When was your last period?
  • Describe your menopause symptoms. Are you having hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, weight gain, or vaginal dryness?
  • What symptom or symptoms interfere with your life, or bother you the most?
  • Are you having any problems regarding intimacy?
  • How often do these symptoms occur? Daily, weekly or monthly?
  • What makes your symptoms better or worse?
  • How well is your medicine controlling your menopause symptoms?
  • What is your biggest concern about menopause?
  • What new symptoms are you experiencing?
  • Do my symptoms mean I am in menopause?
  • Could the changes in my period be a sign of another problem?
  • What other changes can I expect with menopause? Does menopause put me at higher risk for medical conditions?
  • What tests do I need to confirm that I am in menopause?
  • What treatments are available for menopause symptoms?
  • What is hormone replacement therapy (HRT)? Do you recommend it for me?
  • Are there non-hormonal medicines that can help relieve my symptoms? How do they compare to HRT?
  • What lifestyle changes can I make to improve my symptoms?
  • What health screening tests do I need? How often do I need each test?
  • What else can I do to keep myself healthy at this stage of my life?
  • Are there other medicines that would do a better job of relieving my symptoms?
  • Are my new or different symptoms related to menopause or its treatment?
  • What is the best treatment for the menopause symptoms I'm experiencing?
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Last Review Date: 2018 Sep 17
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  1. Menopause. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research.
  2. Rao SS, Singh M, Parkar M, et al. Health maintenance for postmenopausal women. Am Fam Physician. 2008 Sep 1;78(5):583-591.