Why does my doctor always say, “It’s up to YOU,” WHEN I ASK, “SHOULD I TAKE ESTROGEN?”

I think you probably have a good doctor who is telling you to educate yourself about your body, about menopause and its symptoms, and about estrogen therapy and its side effects, and to weigh the risk/benefit ratio. Then, you decide! That’s really what we women should want, isn’t it? More input and decision-making power about what we do with and to our bodies. We can’t get that unless we get involved and educated.

What’s the best way to narrow the list of PROSPECTIVE DOCTORS WHEN I AM SEEKING A NEW PHYSICIAN?

Call your local hospitals and acquire the names of doctors who might meet your needs, and compile a list from coworkers, family, and friends. Then narrow your list by considering those whose names keep coming up, whose hospital affiliations appeal to you, whose training and inte ests best fulfill your needs, who are in the most convenient location for you, whose office hours and days can vork for you, and whose office receptionist is pleasant and helpful when you ask for a consultation/interview/ get-acquainted appointment. Find out the charges for these types of office visits and the usual amount of scheduled time allowed for them in advance, so that you are prepared. Then visit the top two or three candidates on your list and make your selection only after you have seen them.

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