Here are a few other things you can do as you prepare for your appointment:
- List any medications and vitamin supplements you take, including the dose and frequency.
- It might be a good idea to have a family member or close friend go with you, if possible (there’s strength in numbers!)
- The amount of information you receive during a visit might seem overwhelming, making it hard to remember everything. So write it down or log it in your favorite mobile device.
- Though it may seem obvious, bring a list of questions to ask your doctor. To get you started, we prepared some for you below:
Some questions to ask OB/GYN
- How many fibroids do I have? How big are they?
- Where are they located?
- Will I need further tests?
- Are there medications are to treat uterine fibroids or my symptoms?
- What other treatments options do I have?
- What side effects can I expect from medication or hormone therapy?
- Under what circumstances do you recommend surgery?
- Will I need a medication before or after surgery?
- I’ve heard about UFE, what is it?
- If you don’t offer the UFE procedure, who should I see?
- Will my uterine fibroids affect my ability to become pregnant?
- Can treatment of uterine fibroids improve my fertility?
Some questions to ask an Interventional Radiologist
- How does UFE work?
- How long does it take?
- Will I go under anesthesia?
- Will I have to stay in the hospital?
- How long is the normal recovery period?
- Will my fibroids come back?
- How successful is UFE?
Make sure that you understand everything your doctor tells you. Don't hesitate to have your doctor repeat information or to ask follow-up questions.