202017Jul

The Questions Your Urogynecologist Wants You to Ask

Perhaps you’re visiting a urogynecologist because of an issue like incontinence or pelvic prolapse.  Perhaps you suspect uterine fibroids or you’re finally ready to tackle heavy menstrual bleeding.

Regardless of what brings you to an appointment with Dr. Heidi Wittenberg of the Urogynecology Center of San Francisco (UGCSF), there are questions you may hesitate to ask because you worry about being “abnormal” or are embarrassed. We’re here to reassure you that you’re not alone.

We’re on your side

Urogynecology concerns are deeply personal, but rest assured that your comfort and privacy are our top priorities. Dr. Wittenberg has dedicated her career to assisting women facing urogynecological issues, so she has experience diagnosing and treating a very wide range of concerns. Our goal is to ensure that you can enjoy a daily routine free from urogynecological problems, but in order to do that, we need you to be honest about your symptoms.

It is always helpful if you ask questions about your concerns. We’ve highlighted some of the more helpful questions below:

  1. Is there anything we can do to improve my quality of life so my daily routine is not negatively affected by this issue?
  2. Can my issue be treated via lifestyle changes, or is medication and/or a surgical option necessary?
  3. If a surgical option is required, do I qualify for minimally-invasive surgery?
  4. Are my symptoms considered severe?

Asking the above questions during an initial consultation can kickstart the conversation with your physician so you can begin treatment and start seeing the improvements you are hoping for.

Again, UGCSF wants to emphasize that there is no need to hold off on directly addressing your concerns and hopes for improvement. Of course, our team is happy to provide the guidance and leadership you need, but we can’t do that if you don’t share your concerns with us. These questions can help us understand what you need and get you on the road to recovery faster.

We always encourage patient education, so we’d like to direct you to some of our popular blog posts to learn more about common urogynecological issues: