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Talking to Your Doctor About Uterine Fibroids
You have a unique medical and family history. Therefore, it is essential to talk with your doctor about your personal risk factors and experience with uterine fibroids . By talking openly and regularly with your doctor, you can take an active role in your care.
Here are some tips that will make it easier for you to talk to your doctor:
- Bring someone else with you. It helps to have another person hear what is said and think of questions to ask.
- Write out your questions ahead of time, so you don't forget them.
- Write down the answers you get, and make sure you understand what you are hearing. Ask for clarification, if necessary.
- Don't be afraid to ask your questions or ask where you can find more information about what you are discussing. You have a right to know.
- Do I have fibroids?
- What are fibroids?
- Do they cause cancer?
- What else could it be?
- Am I at risk for developing fibroids?
- What are the chances that my fibroids will cause symptoms?
- Will they go away without treatment?
- What treatment is appropriate for me?
- Why do you recommend that particular treatment option?
- What should I do to be ready for treatment?
- How long will my treatment last?
- What risks and side effects should I watch for?
- Will it affect my normal activities?
- Will I be able to have children after my treatment?
- What is likely to happen without treatment?
What medications are available to me?
- What are the benefits/side effects of these medications?
- Will these medications interact with other medications, over-the-counter products, or dietary or herbal supplements that I am already taking?
- Are there any alternative or complementary therapies that will help me?
- Can I pick the option that best preserves my chances of having children?
- Can I pick the option that prevents me from getting pregnant?
- Which options provide the greatest protection against cancer?
- Should I follow a special diet?
- Are there any dietary changes I should make?
Should I begin an exercise program?
- What kind of exercise is best?
- How often should I exercise?
- How do I get started exercising?
- Should I stop drinking alcohol?
- If appropriate—how can I find help quitting smoking?
- How will my fibroids and their treatment affect my fertility and sex life?
- Can you recommend some support groups for me and my family?
- What are the chances my fibroids will come back after treatment?
- How will I know that my treatment has been effective?
- What can I tell my husband, children, parents, and other family members and friends about my condition? Should I tell them?
- What is my expected prognosis?
- How often will I need checkups?
Uterine fibroids. The National Uterine Fibroids Foundation website. Available at: http://www.nuff.org/health%5Futerinefibroids.htm. Accessed December 7, 2017.
Uterine fibroids fact sheet. Women's Health—US Department of Health and Human Services website. Available at: https://www.womenshealth.gov/a-z-topics/uterine-fibroids. Updated February 6, 2017. Accessed December 7, 2017.
Uterine leiomyoma. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T115612/Uterine-leiomyoma . Updated April 15, 2016. Accessed December 7, 2017.
- Reviewer: Beverly Siegal, MD, FACOG
- Review Date: 11/2018
- Update Date: 12/20/2014