Menopause and Perimenopause are complicated.
And 15 minutes is not a very long time.
So here are some tips to help make your GP appointment more useful and less stressful for both you and your GP:
1. Getting prepared
Think about your symptoms and which ones are bothering or worrying you the most. You can print off and complete the Menopause Symptoms Questionnaire to take to show your GP.
It’s also really helpful for us GPs if we know you have already read some good reliable information about Menopause and different treatments including HRT risks vs benefits.
Other helpful information for your GP:
- Have you had a hysterectomy?
- If not, have you had a period in the last 1 year?
- Do you need contraception?
- Are you up to date with your Mammograms and Smears?
- Do you have a personal or family history of breast cancer?
2. Make more time
See if you can book a double appointment with your GP - this will cost more (check with your practice how much they charge for 30 minutes, as it’s often more than just double the price of a 15 minute consult. This is because GP practices only get funding for one 15 minute appointment with each patient per day.)
You could alternatively book for two separate 15 minute appointments on two different days.
More time is helpful for you and for your GP.
3. Choose who you see
When you call to book your appointment ask the receptionist if there are any GPs who have a special interest in Women's Midlife Health issues or the Menopause.
You may prefer to see a female doctor - but there’s also plenty of male GPs who are really experienced and knowledgeable about Women's Health and HRT and can give you great support.