Taking an active role in your own healthcare can be empowering, but when it comes to managing uterine fibroids, starting the conversation with your doctor can be intimidating. With so many available treatment options, it can be a challenge to determine what’s right for your body.
At Ask4UFE, we take pride in helping women make informed, conscious choices, and that begins with knowing how to discuss them. Here are 5 tips to help you get the most out of your next meeting with your doctor.
1. Research treatments before your appointment, so you can better participate in the conversation. Consult reputable sources to get an idea of what your options are.
Need a place to start? Check out our blog post detailing different fibroid treatments.
2. Write out your questions ahead of time. Worried you’ll forget to ask something? Start a list of everything you have questions about, and bring it with you to the appointment. Preparing in advance will ensure the discussion is as thorough as you want it to be.
Considering UFE but don’t know what to ask? Here’s a list of questions from our site to help you better understand the procedure.
3. Keep track of your symptoms. Your doctor will likely ask about your experience with fibroids, and having a record of your symptoms will help them better understand. Note things like when your symptoms are at their peak, if you’ve noticed any foods or medications that trigger symptoms, and how frequently your symptoms occur.
4. Bring a friend. Having a trusted friend or family member at the appointment with you may ease anxiety, and it helps to have another set of ears listening to the conversation. This person may also come up with questions you hadn’t thought to ask.
5. Take notes during the appointment. In addition to bringing your list of questions, feel free to jot down your doctor’s responses. This will be a useful resource following your appointment when it comes time to make a treatment decision. As an alternative to writing notes, some doctors may even let you record the audio of your meeting, allowing you to replay the conversation later for details you might have missed.
It’s natural to feel overwhelmed, but there are many resources available to help you on your fibroid journey. By taking time to prepare, you can ensure you’re supported every step of the way. Remember, you aren’t alone!