You experience pain in the area south of your belly button. In general, physicians describe it as “pelvic pain.” The causes could be anything from indigestion to endometriosis.
“You may have tried some over-the-counter medications,” says McLeod Gynecologist Merritt King, III, MD. “But when that pain gets worse or keeps you from socializing, sports or other daily activities, it’s time to see a physician. You can make your appointment more useful to both you and your physician by preparing beforehand.”
BEFORE YOU GO
Be ready to describe your pain by answering these questions:
You may want to write you answers down at home while you have plenty of time.
Generally, you’ll be asked to fill out some information before you see the Gynecologist. One piece of information they’ll want is a list of the medications you are currently taking.
If you have a camera on your phone, snap pictures of your pill bottles and take those with you, as well.
YOUR QUESTIONS FOR THE DOCTOR
Here are some questions you want to make sure the Gynecologist answers for you:
What do you think the problem might be?
Write down your list and bring the pad along to your appointment. This way you can make notes on what the doctor says to you.
IN THE WAITING ROOM
After you check in with the receptionist, review your answers that you may have for the Gynecologist’s questions. Before you look through the old magazines, go over the list of questions you have for the physician.
Sources include: McLeod Health, National Institutes of Health, International Pelvic Pain Society, Global Forum on Endometriosis, University of Chicago Hospitals, National University Hospitals Women’s Centre, Endometriosis Foundation of America