Before your appointment
Before you see your GP it’s always wise to be prepared. This ensures you get the most out of your visit, your questions answered and avoid walking out with regrets.
- See your regular GP: If your doctor refers you to a specialist, all reports they create will be sent to your original GP for follow up, so it makes sense to work with a GP you’re comfortable with. If you don’t have a regular GP, you should see the same doctor for the initial consultation and the follow up.
- Plan ahead: It’s best to plan your visit for a date when you don’t have your period. However, if your period is causing you pain and distress, you should seek help immediately.
- Allow enough time: It’s best to make an appointment specifically to discuss your heavy periods. This gives your GP enough time to discuss your symptoms and answer any questions you might have. If you have other health issues to discuss, consider making a double appointment.
- Be prepared: Your GP is likely to ask you a number of questions, so it’s handy for you to have the answers ready. This will help your doctor understand your health situation better. Our Questionnaire will help you be prepared. If you can bring 2–3 months’ worth of answers as well as a period diary, it will help your doctor see any trends or patterns and understand the impact that your period is having on your life.
- Finally, make sure you write down any key questions you want answered