Maybe you talk to your friends, your mom, or your sister about your period problems, but you’re too embarrassed to discuss them with your doctor. It’s time to change that cycle! You may be missing out on treatment options that can put an end to heavy bleeding, and help you get back to living your life every day of every month.
Talk with Your Doctor
If beginning the conversation at the doctor’s office seems hard, try one of these openers:
- “I’d like to ask you a few questions about my menstrual cycle...”
- “I’ve noticed that my periods are different than they used to be...”
- “I’ve heard that a lot of women are getting treated for heavy periods—is this something I should consider?”
Your doctor will ask you more about your symptoms and may want to do some tests to help identify the underlying cause of your heavy periods.
If you learn that you have uterine fibroids or polyps, here are some questions to ask:
- How many fibroids or polyps do I have?
- What size are my fibroid(s) or polyp(s)?
- Where are my fibroid(s) or polyp(s) located?
- How rapidly have the fibroid(s) or polyp(s) grown (if you already knew about the fibroid(s))?
- How will I know if the fibroid(s) or polyp(s) are growing larger?
- What problems can the fibroid(s) or polyp(s) cause?
- What tests or imaging studies are best for keeping track of the growth of my fibroid(s) or polyp(s)?
- What are my treatment options if my fibroid(s) or polyp(s) become a problem?
Email this information to yourself or someone you care about.