Questions to Ask Your Healthcare Provider

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  • Based on my age, when can I expect symptoms of perimenopause or menopause, and what are the symptoms?
  • What can I do to relieve and address my menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, insomnia, low energy, vaginal dryness or decreased sexual desire?
  • How do you test hormone levels?  What hormones do you test and why?
  • What tests do you use and why?
  • What is your philosophy about hormone therapy? What can you tell me about natural or bioidentical hormones?
  • Am I a candidate for bioidentical hormones? If so, and you prescribe them, how can we work together to ensure that I am getting a dose that is appropriate for me?
  • If  I choose hormone therapy, are there different ways I can take them such as capsules, topical creams, vaginal creams or suppositories? What are the advantages or disadvantages to these different options?
  • What are my risk factors for breast cancer, heart disease and osteoporosis, and what can I do to prevent these problems? When should I get my first bone density scan to detect osteoporosis?
  • How often should I get a mammogram, clinical breast exam and pap smear?
  • When should I have my cholesterol, triglycerides and Vitamin D levels checked?
  • Are there foods, nutritional supplements, and herbs that can help with symptoms and address health problems?
  • What types of exercise and lifestyle changes will keep me healthy? How does exercise influence my bones, my heart, or other health issues?

 

Menopause Resources

Finding the right provider for hormone health care is important. Our Health Provider Locator contains many heath care professionals who can assist you on the menopause journey.

When you have found a provider, it is critical to ask the important questions. To assist you, we’ve created our list of Ten Questions to Ask Your Health Care Provider.