Seeking Medical Help
Tips for making the most out of your visit with your primary care doctor:
- Share when your last pelvic exam was (days, weeks, months or years).
- Communicate if you’ve had children, the number of births and how you delivered – vaginally or cesarean section.
- Describe if you are experiencing pain, pressure or a bulge in your pelvic area.
- Discuss if you are having trouble urinating or passing a bowel movement.
- Share if you are experiencing “leaking”, need to use the bathroom often or have pain during urination.
- Communicate when your pelvic symptoms started and how often you have the symptoms.
- Be your own advocate and say you want to find ways to treat or cure these symptoms.
Questions to ask:
- Do you think I have symptoms of a pelvic floor disorder? If so, what kind of pelvic floor disorder(s) do I have?
- What is causing my symptoms?
- Will my symptoms get better?
- What can I do to lessen or end these symptoms?
- Do you see a lot of other patients like me?
- Do you know of any doctors who specialize in treating my symptoms, such as urogynecologist or urologist? If so, can you refer me to someone you would recommend?
- Will you work with the specialist to make sure he or she knows about my medical history?
- Can I contact you again to ask your advice after seeing a specialist?
- What should I do next?
John Joyce, MD
Urogynecology, Obstetrics & Gynecology (OB / GYN)