What questions should I ask my doctor about menopause?

Review the following questions about menopause so you're prepared to discuss this important health issue with your healthcare professional.
  • How many women in my age group do you treat? What percentage does this number represent of your total practice?
  • Are you comfortable treating perimenopausal and postmenopausal women? If not, can you refer me to a colleague who is?
  • Do you consider yourself up-to-date on treatment options for perimenopausal and postmenopausal health concerns, including hormone therapy and other medical therapies?
  • Can you arrange for evaluations for osteoporosis and heart disease? At what age should I have these evaluations?
  • If I am interested in alternative therapies, will you work with me to help identify those that might be helpful or refer me to someone who is a safe and knowledgeable practitioner?
  • I don't feel well in several different ways. Are my symptoms due to menopause or another condition?
  • How do I know if my on-again, off-again bleeding is perimenopause or another problem?
  • My sex drive is low. Can this be due to menopause or other factors in my life?
  • Will my incontinence stop after menopause, and what can I do about it now?
  • Can you discuss the most recent research about hormone therapy and its safety with me? How do the benefits and risks of hormone therapy apply to my personal health needs?

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