Do I need to bring anything to my appointment?
Please bring any X-rays, ultrasounds or investigations relevant to the area of treatment. If you have had blood tests in the last 12 months, it is helpful if you can bring copies of these, especially if you are coming in for a chronic pelvic pain issue (such as vulvodynia).
It is also helpful to bring elastic-waist gym shorts or pants to make assessment of the pelvis easier.
How do I prepare for my appointment?
We will ask you to fill out a questionnaire and e-mail it back to us in preparation for your appointment. This will help you get the most out of your first appointment.
What does the first appointment involve?
Allow an hour for the first appointment. The appointment is divided into 3 sections: the ‘’talking’’ (doing a history, and clarifying the details of your problem), the ‘’doing’’ (the physical examination, which depending on your problem, may include checking your joints and muscles, checking your tummy, and doing a vaginal examination) and the ‘’treatment’’ (which includes an action plan for your recovery).
What can I expect from the first appointment?
You can expect to leave having a deeper understanding of the problem and what factors are contributing, and an outline of a plan for recovery.
Can you keep my doctor/specialist informed?
We always write a letter to the doctor who referred you. We are also more than happy to communicate with your GP if you would like.
Does any of this interfere with my medical treatment?
We do not wish to interfere with your medical treatment in any way. All of our treatments are designed to work alongside any other treatment. Some supplements (herbs and nutrients) have the potential to interact with medications, and we check this before prescribing, but we do encourage you to keep the lines of communication open with your doctor, and make sure they know what you are taking.
What happens if I have my period on the day of my appointment?
Normally this is not an issue. Even if we had an internal (vaginal) examination planned, there are other important assessments we can do if you are bleeding heavily. If you are not bleeding heavily (e.g. the ‘’tail-end’’ of your period) it is fine to do a vaginal examination as long as you don’t mind.