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1 day ago · Birth control help please in Women's Health

@jason201 Here are a few more links that might be helpful:

-Menstrual cycle: Mayo Clinic – Women's Health – What's normal, what's not: https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/womens-health/in-depth/menstrual-cycle/art-20047186
-Mayo Clinic – Women's Health – Birth control pill FAQ: Benefits, risks and choices: https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/birth-control/in-depth/birth-control-pill/art-20045136
-Mayo Clinic – News Network – Women’s Wellness: Abnormal menstruation happens in a variety of ways: https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/womens-wellness-abnormal-menstruation-happens-in-a-variety-of-ways/

1 day ago · Birth control help please in Women's Health

Hello, @jason201 and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I think you have come to the right place to find others who may have been in similar situations as your wife. While we wait for others to respond, I did do a little research on Minesse. I found the package leaflet, and I think you might find it helpful. There is some good information about what to do if no bleeding occurs during placebo days, and how some medications might interfere. Here is a link to the pamphlet that would come with the medication:http://www.hpra.ie/img/uploaded/swedocuments/93ca7de0-3d94-40a8-bf0c-b038740bc6d7.pdf

Here is an article that might interest you as well, "What to know about the last week of birth control pills" : https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/323138

"Is it Safe to Take Plan B While on the Pill": https://www.healthline.com/health/birth-control/plan-b-while-on-the-pill

If you have concerns, it might be a good idea to check in with her provider. How long has your wife been on birth control? Has she had any other symptoms?

Fri, Jul 10 2:26pm · Anyone have experience with HHT or Osler-Weber Rendu? in Blood Cancers & Disorders

Hello @rexie and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. You’ve come to the right place to talk with people who have similar experiences with health and to get support from members who understand what you are going through.

I just wanted to let you all know that I changed the title of this discussion so that it reflects the discussion topic a bit more. It will help other members to see the discussion at a glance, and join in here. The new title is – "Anyone have experience with HHT or Osler-Weber Rendu?” Hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (tuh-lan-jee-uk-TAY-zhuh) (HHT), or Osler-Weber-Rendu disease, is an inherited disorder that causes abnormal connections, called arteriovenous malformations (AVMs), to develop between arteries and veins. The most common locations affected are the nose, lungs, brain and liver.

As we wait for other members to respond, I was wondering if you can share a little more about your experiences? Besides being anemic, are you experiencing any other symptoms? Have you been able to be seen by a provider or specialist yet?

Fri, Jul 3 11:41am · Second Opinion: thoracic myelopathy in Spine Health

Hello, @upnort. I just got back from northern Wisconsin and it’s so beautiful in your area!

I read your post and wanted to see if I could offer any information that would help you. I see that this a good discussion, but I wanted to touch on your question about second opinions within the same department at Mayo Clinic. I actually have a friend that recently went through a health issue and needed a second opinion at Mayo Clinic within the same area, just as you described. She connected with Mayo Clinic’s Office of Patient Experience at 507-284-4988 (https://www.mayoclinic.org/about-mayo-clinic/patient-experience). They were able to help facilitate a new doctor that she moved forward with.

The Office of Patient Experience addresses concerns about your care experience at Mayo Clinic. You can call them or fill out the form on their page (link above). A Patient Experience Staff will contact you within 3 business days.

I hope this information helps. If you care to share, how long have you been experiencing thoracic myelopathy?

Fri, Jul 3 10:07am · Young man, Disseminated Gonorrhea or not....? in Infectious Diseases

Hello @justamanz028 and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect- thank you for sharing your symptoms and experience. I think you made a great choice to reach out and see what others have to say related to your symptoms of a possible STD. It sounds like you have been dealing with this for a few years now, so it’s probably time to be seen by a provider especially if you feel that symptoms are progressing and are concerned about your health.

You have some valid questions about privacy and protecting your health information from those you choose not to share it with (parents, employers). From what I could research, it depends on your state, but the following is true: “For laws related to HIV and other STI services, pregnancy care, adoption or medical care for a child, state consent laws apply to all individuals aged 12 through 17. In some cases, however, states allow only certain groups of young people—such as those who are married, pregnant or already parents—to consent. Several states have no relevant policy or case law; in these states, physicians commonly provide medical care without parental consent to individuals younger than 18 they deem mature, particularly if the state allows minors to consent to related services.” The list of states is here: (https://www.guttmacher.org/state-policy/explore/overview-minors-consent-law)

Here are a few other links that might help answer some of your other questions.

Protecting Adolescents' Right to Seek Treatment for Sexually Transmitted Diseases without Parental Consent: The Arizona Experience with Senate Bill 1309: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3314068/

STD testing: What's right for you?: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sexually-transmitted-diseases-stds/in-depth/std-testing/art-20046019

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) – Diagnosis & Treatment: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sexually-transmitted-diseases-stds/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20351246

STD Testing, Treatment & Vaccines in Rochester, MN: https://www.plannedparenthood.org/health-center/minnesota/rochester/55901/rochester-health-center-2799-90720/std-testing-treatment

As far as your questions related to cost, I think that will depend on treatment options, insurance, etc. I would ask the appointment desk for an estimate of the first visit, then consult with your provider about additional costs on treatment options. Hopefully this gives you additional information. Please let us know how it goes.

Are you close to a Mayo Clinic campus or different clinic that you can be seen at?

Thu, Jul 2 3:15pm · PMS symptoms but no period in Women's Health

Hello @zat and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect! We are happy you are here. It's been a few days, so I wanted to check in and see how you were doing? Did you get your period? I have been through similar experiences and the more I stressed, the later it came. I felt so frustrated. Here was a good read about how and why periods can be late, hopefully you will find it interesting: https://www.healthline.com/health/how-late-can-a-period-be#stress

Let us know how you are doing.

Fri, Jun 19 4:38pm · Stage 4 drug combination side effects in Prostate Cancer

Hello, @norske46. Great question about drug combinations, Lupron, Enzalutamide and Zoledronic Acid. I’m hoping that members like @dlmjsh52 and others can share their experiences on any side effects. I also found the following article that talks about the drugs you are referring to.
Patient Education: Treatment for advanced prostate cancer (Beyond the Basics): https://www.uptodate.com/contents/treatment-for-advanced-prostate-cancer-beyond-the-basics
Have you chatted with your provider about your side effects?

Fri, Jun 19 3:48pm · How do you change the perception of aging? in Aging Well

It's interesting to me how life can change what we tell ourselves over time. I liked your point about the word "old' not being a "feeling." Just because I was curious, I looked up some articles and found this on the New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/17/well/mind/age-subjective-feeling-old.html I thought it was an interesting read… and I loved your idea of using different vocabulary to change the perception of aging.