Abnormal Vaginal Bleeding - Preparing For Your Appointment To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.
You can help your
doctor diagnose and treat your condition by being prepared to answer the
What was the date of your last menstrual period?
Was your previous period
normal? Do you have regular cycles, such as a period every 25 to 35
days? If you have been through
menopause, how long ago was your last menstrual
severe (heavy) is your usual menstrual flow? Keep track of your menstrual flow on a
calendar, and take your calendar to show your doctor. What is
the average length of each period, and how many pads or tampons do you use per
day during your period? Do you pass many clots, and how big are they? Do you
change pads or tampons during the night? Are you
sexually active? Do you engage in
high-risk sexual behaviors? Are you
currently using any type of
birth control method? Have you
missed any birth control pills or failed to have your Depo-Provera injection
according to schedule? Have you done a
home pregnancy test? If so, when did you do the test,
and what was the result? Have you been under increased physical or
emotional stress? Have you recently changed your diet or exercise
habits? Have you recently gained or lost weight? What
prescription or nonprescription medicines are you taking, if
any? Do you have any other symptoms, such as lower abdominal
pain? Have you had other similar episodes and, if so:
What evaluation was done? What
was the diagnosis? What was the treatment? What were
the results? Do you have any
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
November 14, 2014
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