What is "Not At Risk"?
Your score indicates that the symptoms you described show that you likely do not have a bleeding disorder, but an online tool can never diagnose someone. In addition, bleeding disorders can be difficult to identify and diagnose, so please talk to your healthcare provider about your bleeding symptoms. We understand that you may still have a lot of questions about what may be causing your symptoms. To learn more about other potential causes for your symptoms, it is important to talk to a doctor or other healthcare provider.
In the meantime, here are some additional questions and answers that can hopefully help you on the path to feeling better:
Who should I make an appointment with?
Many men start by seeing one of the providers listed below. Depending on your health insurance coverage, you may need a referral to see certain specialists. Contact your insurance plan for specifics.
Primary Care Physician/Pediatrician
A primary care physician (PCP) provides preventive care and basic diagnoses of common illnesses and medical conditions. PCPs are also referred to as internists and sometimes even family practitioners or family physicians. For children and teenage boys, their PCP is their pediatrician. Learn more about these different types of providers.
Healthcare providers on campus
If you are currently enrolled in college, many college and university campuses have a campus health center, with a variety of healthcare providers, such as internists, for students to see. Campuses without their own clinics often have a student health services team that can locate the healthcare providers you need.
What questions should I think about when choosing a healthcare provider?
Here are some considerations when choosing a provider:
- How long has the provider been in practice?
- Where did the provider receive training?
- Is the provider board certified?
- Has the provider diagnosed or cared for other men with bleeding symptoms?
- Is the provider someone you feel comfortable asking even the most private questions?
- Do the office hours work with your schedule?
- Is the office conveniently located near your home, school or work?
- Is the provider accepting new patients?
- Is the provider covered by your insurance?
How do I find a healthcare provider?
Many men find a provider by contacting their insurance company and by getting recommendations from friends, family or coworkers.
Through Your Insurance
Since it is so important to make sure your insurance covers the provider of your choice, it is often easiest to search for a provider directly through your insurance company. You can do so by calling the number on your insurance card. Also, most insurance companies have online listings of providers covered in their plans on their websites. Make sure you understand your particular insurance plan and ask about any related costs that seeing a specific provider might incur (i.e., premiums, copayments, deductibles, co-insurance, in-network versus out-of-network coverage).
While it is can be helpful to get feedback on healthcare providers from people you know, make sure the provider is covered by your insurance and meets all of your specific needs.
What about Insurance?
Before making your appointment or visiting your doctor, it is important to find out what your insurance does and does not cover. Once you visit your doctor and find out more about any potential lab tests that need to be run or referrals for other healthcare professionals, you may need to follow up with your insurance company again to confirm coverage. Here are some potential questions to ask your insurance company:
- Is the healthcare provider in network?
- Do I need a referral to see a specialist (i.e., a hematologist)?
- What services and/or lab tests require preauthorization?
- Will my prescriptions be covered?
What should I bring to an appointment?
Before visiting your healthcare provider, it can be helpful to prepare by writing down your answers to the questions below in as much detail as you can. Some people find it useful to have a notebook so each time you experience a bleeding symptom, you can write it down in one spot. This will help you and your healthcare provider in discussing what steps to take next.
- What are your bleeding symptoms (for example, nosebleeds, bruises, etc)?
- When did your symptoms begin?
- What lead to these symptoms?
- How frequent are your symptoms?
- Make note of your energy level. When was it high? When was it low?
- Do your symptoms interfere with your daily life?
- Are you taking any prescription or nonprescription medications (for example, aspirin or ibuprofen, or others)?
What should I ask my healthcare provider?
Being prepared for visit also means coming with a list of questions you may have for your provider about your symptoms and care. Make sure to come up with your own questions but here is a list of helpful ones to get you started:
- Will any diagnostic tests be run? If yes, which ones? When will I find out the results?
- If lab work will be done, which lab is used? How can I find out if the lab is covered by my insurance?
- Is there anything I should do to prepare for the lab tests?
- Will I need to be referred to a specialist for testing and diagnosis?
- What if my labs don't show anything? Do any get repeated?
- How long will it take to get a diagnosis? What are the steps?
- Are there any activities I should avoid or modify?
- What do you think may be the underlying cause of my symptoms?
- How can I manage my pain/symptoms while I wait for a diagnosis?
- [If healthcare provider prescribes treatment] Does this treatment plan address any underlying causes or just the symptoms?
- Are there any medications that I should avoid due to my diagnosis or treatment plan?
Where can I get more information about men's health issues?
You can also get more information on men's health issues and how to find care through the following resources:
CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Men's Health
CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Men's Health Links
Men's Health Resource Center, MHRC
Men's Health Network, MHN