Preparing for your appointment

Preparing for your appointment
Here are some tips that will help you make the most of your health care screening with Women's Wellness Connection or WISEWOMAN.
When you're scheduling your appointment
  • Ask what documents or records you need to bring to your appointment.
  • If you are scheduling a WISEWOMAN visit for a heart screening, check to see if fasting is recommended.
  • For Women's Wellness Connection appointments, tell clinic staff of previous mammograms and Pap test results, including the name, phone number and address of place(s) you had them done.
  • Comparing mammograms is very important so your health care provider can see if there have been any changes in your breast. Your previous Pap test results provide a helpful history for your health care provider.
After your appointment is scheduled
  • Write down any questions you want to ask your health care provider during your appointment.
  • Write down all the over-the-counter and herbal medications you're taking, as well as any health symptoms that you want to discuss with your health care provider.
  • Make a list of your medical history and any known family medical history.
During your appointment
  • Never be afraid to ask questions. Sometimes people are uncomfortable asking questions or saying they don't understand something; it's OK to ask questions and be involved. If your health care provider says anything you don't understand, ask her/him to explain.
  • Health care providers often seem very busy, but remember that it's OK to take their time. This is YOUR health, and you always have the right to know what's going on.
Learn more about how to prepare for your mammogram or breast exam.
Learn more about how to prepare for your Pap test.
What to expect during your heart screening
Learn more about how to prepare for your blood pressure and cholesterol tests.