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Women's Health Checklist: Questions to Ask Your Provider

General Health and Wellness Questions

How often do I need a physical exam, breast exam, pelvic exam and Pap test?
Do I need a flu shot or other immunizations?
Will changing my lifestyle (diet, exercise, smoking, drinking) help me avoid certain diseases?
What can I do to be more healthy?
Are there any reading materials or videotapes on these topics?
Are there support groups or community services that can help?

Medical Test Questions

What will we know after the test is done?
How do I find out the results? How long will it take to get the results?
What does the test involve?
What do I do to get ready for it?
Are there any dangers or side effects with the test?

Symptoms and Diagnosis Questions

Could my symptoms be caused by or related to something other than my current condition?
What may have caused my current condition?
Will it be permanent?
What can I do to learn more about my condition?

Treatment Questions

How is this condition treated or managed? What long-term effects will it have on my life?
How soon should treatment start? How long will it last?
Are there other treatments available?
How much will the treatment cost? Is it covered by insurance?
What are the treatment's risks and side effects?

Medication Questions

You also can ask your pharmacist these questions.

What are the side effects?
What should I do if I miss a dose?
Are there foods, drugs or activities I should avoid while taking this medicine?
Is there a generic brand available at a lower price?

 

Reviewed by health care specialists at UCSF Medical Center.

This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or health care provider. We encourage you to discuss with your doctor any questions or concerns you may have.