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Questions to Ask Your Doctor: Women

Going in for your annual check up? In addition to discussing any concerns about your health and wellbeing, Dr. Jennifer Potter, Director of the Women's Health Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, offers these questions that you may want to consider asking your doctor. 

  1. Am I getting all the screening tests I need, given my age and risk factors?
  2. Is there anything in my family history that puts me at risk for disease? (be sure to bring a list of your family's medical history-especially that of your parents and siblings).
  3. Do any of my prescription medications need to be updated or reviewed (be sure to bring a list of all of your medications to every appointment)?
  4. Should I be taking any vitamins or supplements? (be sure to bring a list of any over the counter or herbal supplements you are taking)?
  5. Can we talk about my blood pressure and cholesterol? Are the levels normal? How often should I get these checked?
  6. Am I at a healthy weight? If not, how do I get there?
  7. Am I getting enough exercise? What kinds of things can I do to become more active?
  8. How often do I need to have an eye exam?
  9. I've been feeling stressed and moody lately. Do you think I might be depressed?
  10. I've noticed some changes in my sexual functioning. Can we talk about that?
  11. Am I using the right kind of birth control?
  12. If I want to become pregnant, what steps should I take to ensure a healthy pregnancy?
  13. How can I manage the symptoms of menopause?

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General Medicine and Primary Care
Department of Medicine
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Carl J. Shapiro Clinical Center
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215