You have your own health history. Talk with your doctor about your risk factors and background with menstrual disorders. Talk openly and often with your doctor. It will help you make the best choices for you and your family.

Here are some tips that will help you talk to your doctor:

  • Bring someone with you. It helps to have another person hear what is said and think of questions to ask.
  • Write down your questions so you don't forget them.
  • Write down the answers you get. Make sure you grasp what you are hearing. Ask for help, if needed.
  • Don't be afraid to ask your questions. Ask where you can learn more. You have a right to know.
  • What could be causing my heavy bleeding?
  • What kinds of tests should I have?
  • How serious is my problem?
  • Where can I learn more?
  • Am I at risk for anemia?
  • Do I need to be worried about infertility?
  • Are there any other problems I should be worried about?
  • What can be done to treat heavy bleeding?
  • Are there medicines that can help me? If so,
    • What benefits can I expect?
    • What side effects can I expect?
  • Are there any surgeries that can help? If so:
    • What benefits can I expect?
    • What are the risks?
  • Are there any alternative or complementary therapies that may help?
  • Is there anything else I can do to reduce the bleeding?
  • Why don't I have periods?
  • What kinds of tests should I have?
  • How serious is my problem?
  • Where can I learn more?
  • Am I at risk for bone loss and osteoporosis?
  • Do I need to be worried about infertility?
  • Are there any other problems I should worry about?
  • How is this treated?
  • Are there medicines that can help me? If so:
    • What benefits can I expect?
    • What side effects can I expect?
  • Is there anything I can do to make my periods regular?
  • Are there any alternative or complementary therapies that may help?
  • Will my problem get better?
  • What should I do if this problem comes back?
  • What changes can I make to help my problem?
  • Do I need to do anything about my eating, workouts, weight, stress, or other habits?

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