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Before your visit
Our goal is to ensure that at the time of your visit, we have all of the information we need.
What to expect during your first visit
How long will my visit take?
The time involved varies greatly, depending on the nature of your concern, but in general, most patients spend about an hour at the center. Please arrive a few minutes before your scheduled appointment time for check-in so you can be seen on time and use your full time allotment.
Please be aware that drive-thru COVID-19 testing is being done on the ground floor of Lavin Family Pavilion, where we are located. Please allow time for traffic congestion due to the line of vehicles surrounding the building.
Who will be in the room during the examination?
Often, a female medical scribe assists the physician by documenting the exam (as dictated by the physician) into the medical record. This helps the record accurately reflect a very detailed exam, and it gives the physician more time to talk to you instead of typing into a computer.
Northwestern Medicine is a teaching hospital, and as such, a medical student or resident physician sometimes works in our center as part of their training. We will always ask for your permission first if a resident physician or medical school student will be present during your exam.
Do I need to have a gynecologist in addition to the doctor I see in the center?
The Center for Menopause and the Center for Sexual Medicine are specialty clinics and do not provide general gynecologic care or perform annual exams. We will collaborate with your gynecologist and send reports of our evaluation and treatment. If you do not have a general gynecologist, we can make a referral.
How many visits will I need and how often?
That depends on the nature of your condition. Many patients require only one visit. Other patients are seen on a regular basis for a period of months or longer term.
What if I need a referral to a psychotherapist or a pelvic floor physical therapist?
Our center is fully staffed with expert therapists, but we will also work with you to find one closer to home or work.
What if I have follow-up questions about my treatment plan?
We encourage you to use MyNM to ask your questions if they are not urgent. Our nurses, advanced practice clinicians and physicians work collaboratively and will respond to all questions and concerns within 48 hours. If you have urgent questions, please call the center (312.694.9676).
MEET THE CLINICIANS
The Center for Sexual Medicine and Menopause takes a multidisciplinary approach to ensure more accurate diagnoses and to deliver individualized care based on each woman’s unique needs.
Request an Appointment
To request an appointment, fill out the form on the Contact Us page or call 312.694.9676 for more information.