Talking to Your Doctor About Menopause

Talking to Your Doctor About Menopause

You have your own health history. Talk with the doctor about your risk factors and background with menopause. By talking openly and often with your doctor, you can take an active role in your care.

Tips for Getting Information

Here are some tips that will make it easier for you to 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 do you do not forget them.
  • Write down the answers you get and make sure you grasp what you are hearing. Ask for help if you need it.
  • Do not be afraid to ask your questions or ask where you can find more information. You have a right to know.

Questions to Ask Your Doctor

About Menopause

  • Should I have an exam to rule out other causes of my symptoms?
  • Do I need tests to look for physical problems from menopause?
  • What can I expect as I go through menopause?
  • Where can I get more information?

About Your Risk of Health Problems from Estrogen Deficiency

  • What is my risk of osteoporosis? What can I do to lower my risk?
  • What is my risk of getting heart disease and high blood pressure? What can I do to lower my risk?
  • What is my risk of having breast cancer or other cancers? What can I do to lower my risk?

About Treatment Options

  • What treatments can help me?
  • What medicines might help me?
    • How long will they take to work?
    • What benefits can I expect?
    • What side effects can I expect?
  • Should I see a doctor or gynecologist who cares for menopausal women?
  • Do you think I could benefit from counseling? Do you know a counselor who works with women who have issues concerning menopause?
  • Do you know where I could find a support group for menopause?
  • Can you explain the risks and benefits of hormone replacement therapy?
  • What lifestyle changes can help me manage the symptoms of menopause?
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Menopause. Planned Parenthood website. Available at: https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/health-and-wellness/menopause. Accessed July 22, 2020.
Menopause 101: A primer for the perimenopausal. North American Menopause Society website. Available at:
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Updated March 18, 2019. Accessed July 23, 2020.
Last reviewed March 2020 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Elliot M. Levine, MD, FACOG
Last Updated: 3/17/2021

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