HPV Vaccine

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HPV Vaccine

Adriana Ravenlust Adriana Ravenlust
I am wondering if anyone here has had it or pans on having it. I was recommended to get it by a doctor and have sort of been considering it. I know it is beneficial but I also am in a low risk situation.

Any experience would be appreciated.
11/14/2008
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Backseat Boohoo Backseat Boohoo
You mean Gardasil? I got it. It's 3 shots; I felt some muscular pain when I lifted my arm for a few hours after the last 2 shots, but it was nothing major. Most insurances should cover it. Mine did! I wholely recommend it if your insurance will pay for some or most of it, because even if you're in a low risk situation, it can't hurt, can it?
11/14/2008
Adriana Ravenlust Adriana Ravenlust
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Originally posted by Backseat Boohoo
You mean Gardasil? I got it. It's 3 shots; I felt some muscular pain when I lifted my arm for a few hours after the last 2 shots, but it was nothing major. Most insurances should cover it. Mine did! I wholely recommend it if your insurance will ...
Well, it would be completely free for me.

It sounds like it can only be good but a little research has shown otherwise. There apparently have been a lot of allergic reactions and even deaths due to it. So ick..
11/14/2008
Airlia Airlia
Really what allergic reactions and deaths? I was seriously considering it... still am.
11/14/2008
Adriana Ravenlust Adriana Ravenlust
Here's an article Sienna.
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11/14/2008
Airlia Airlia
Hmmmm it says that the potency is decreasing since it first came out. Some of the article is a bit dodgy - it just says these women died; without talking about prior medical history or if there were any other significant factors. There are always risks though and I don't think doctors would allow something that has a high rate of death and allergy, right?
11/14/2008
ThePornLibrarian ThePornLibrarian
Personally, i think that a legal website is not the best place to get medical information...
11/14/2008
LikeSunshineDust LikeSunshineDust
This is directly from the CDC website:

As of August 31, 2008, there have been 27 U.S. reports of death among females who have received the vaccine. There was no common pattern to the deaths that would suggest that they were caused by the vaccine. Of the 27 U.S. reports:

* 3 reports were related to diabetes or heart failure
* 3 reports were related to viral illnesses or meningitis (an infection in the brain)
* 2 reports were related to drug use
* 2 reports were related to blood clots
* 5 reports are being evaluated (attempting to follow up/identify case)
* 1 report is still under review or VAERS is still waiting for additional medical records, such as an autopsy report or death certificate
* 1 report of seizure disorder (history of seizures)
* 3 reports had an unknown cause of death
* 7 reports that could not be evaluated because they did not have enough information to identify the person, or to verify that a person had died

[(VAERS = Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System) And I'm not exactly sure what the last bullet really means.]

The information that you hear on the news is highly biased and rarely the entire picture. People freaked out because some women got the vaccine and then died. Were the two related? Probably not.

Blood clots have been reported in some women who got the vaccine but most of them had risk factors for clots like smoking and taking oral contraceptives, so I'm not sure a causal relationship can really be proved.

In my opinion the benefits (almost 100% effectiveness in protecting against the 4 most common types on HPV, 2 of which usually don't have symptoms until you have cervical cancer) of Gardasil far outweigh the risks.
11/14/2008
LikeSunshineDust LikeSunshineDust
Also I want to add, don't get the vaccine if you're allergic to yeast.
11/14/2008
Beautiful Dreamer Beautiful Dreamer
Quote:
Originally posted by Adriana Ravenlust
I am wondering if anyone here has had it or pans on having it. I was recommended to get it by a doctor and have sort of been considering it. I know it is beneficial but I also am in a low risk situation.

Any experience would be appreciated.
There's always some controversy around ANY vaccine. BUT the risk of not getting the vaccine far outweighs the very minimal risk of having a life threatening reaction. The muscle pain is simply because you're injecting a foreign substance into it after puncturing it with a needle.

If I was able to get it, I would.
11/14/2008
Airlia Airlia
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Originally posted by ThePornLibrarian
Personally, i think that a legal website is not the best place to get medical information...
Exactly! People are only going to tout what's best for their cause.
11/14/2008
ThePornLibrarian ThePornLibrarian
Quote:
Originally posted by LikeSunshineDust
This is directly from the CDC website:

As of August 31, 2008, there have been 27 U.S. reports of death among females who have received the vaccine. There was no common pattern to the deaths that would suggest that they were caused by the ...
Thanks for doing the research. I agree totally.
11/14/2008
Adriana Ravenlust Adriana Ravenlust
I wonder why the CDC website didn't come up when Googling this. very strange.

Well there's some good information. It seems like a personal preference and I don't honestly have a preference. So I am still on the fence -laughs-
11/14/2008
Ariane Ariane
I just received shot 2 of 3. My arm hurt like hell afterward; according to the doctor, most women report that the second shot is much more painful than the first. Still, if it'll reduce the risk of cervical cancer, it's worth it!
11/14/2008
LikeSunshineDust LikeSunshineDust
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Originally posted by Adriana Ravenlust
I wonder why the CDC website didn't come up when Googling this. very strange.

Well there's some good information. It seems like a personal preference and I don't honestly have a preference. So I am still on the fence -laughs-
Yes it does. That's how I found it. I included "CDC" in my search though, 'cause I knew they would probably have something about it.
11/14/2008
Betty Rocket Betty Rocket
Well, if they had it back in the day before I lost 1/2 of my cervix to HPV related cancerous cells, I would have gladly gotten them.
11/14/2008
LikeSunshineDust LikeSunshineDust
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Originally posted by Betty Rocket
Well, if they had it back in the day before I lost 1/2 of my cervix to HPV related cancerous cells, I would have gladly gotten them.
I am so, so sorry to hear that. I contracted HPV a little over a year ago and it has since cleared on its own, and that alone was incredibly emotional for me. I can't imagine what you went through. *hug*
11/14/2008
handprinted handprinted
I'm going to wait a few more years to get it, probably until I'm almost at the "cut-off" for those they recommend get it. I'm personally wary of getting something injected into me when there haven't really been any longitudinal studies done on the effects. Yes, they know it's effective with 5-10 years of research, but what about after that? I'm just more comfortable waiting.
11/15/2008
Luscious Lily Luscious Lily
I'm in the recommended age range, so I'm in the process of getting my 3 shots (one down, two to go). While my insurance covers it completely, it turned out the real hassle was finding a doctor to give it to me! My gynecologist and GP don't keep it, so I would have had to get a prescription, have it delivered to a pharmacy, pick it up, and bring it to a doctor for every shot. Luckily, my old pediatrician, who my baby sister still goes to, was willing to take a referral from my gynecologist and give them to both my sister and I at the same time. The shots hurt, and I'm in a low risk situation, but after a lot of talking with doctors, we decided I should go ahead and get it.

@Betty Rocket - I'm so sorry. I wish we could send a pack of the shots back in time for you. *hugs*
02/10/2009
Anica Anica
Yup, anything you take can have side effects. For instance, lots of warnings for women taking birth control pills about smoking and other medical issues because the medication can increase these issues.

If I could opt for the vaccine, I would do it.
02/11/2009
Adriana Ravenlust Adriana Ravenlust
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Originally posted by handprinted
I'm going to wait a few more years to get it, probably until I'm almost at the "cut-off" for those they recommend get it. I'm personally wary of getting something injected into me when there haven't really been any ...
This is how I have been feeling.


When I went in for my last pap, they pushed it again and I just told them I'd think about it.
02/12/2009
Liz2 Liz2
I did get the three shots. No adverse reactions. I felt the alternative, HPV which is cancer cells, far outweighed the risks of getting the shots.
02/12/2009
Not Here Anymore f/k/a Happy Lady Not Here Anymore f/k/a Happy Lady
I am past the age to get this vaccine, but as a mother I will have to consider this in a few years. Vaccinations are a big part of having young children and I did have a child change after receiving a certain set of vaccines. My child stopped talking. Talked before the vaccine and stopped for 7 months after. Then suddenly started talking again. It was very odd, but it didn't stop me from having that child vaccinated against polio, chicken pox and flu.


I'm not sure how I feel about this vaccine yet. I had a pap show HPV several years ago and had to have my cervix frozen with liquid nitrogen. It was horrible and left scarring. Now my paps don't show HPV, even though everyone says it isn't curable. It perplexes my doctor. Just that discrepancy makes me want to see more information on HPV and this vaccination before vaccinating my child.
02/12/2009
Victoria Victoria
I have a few family members who've gotten the series of HPV vaccines and were fine. All mentioned the site soreness, so expect that. I am past the cut off as well, and have had cryo-therapy like Happy Lady. It sucked and I hope cancerous cells do not return.

I have a daughter who is nearly 11 and I too have been considering having her vaccinated. Our family doctor had her own daughter vaccinated, so I'm really leaning towards it. My daughter is very petite, so of course I worry it may be too strong for her body. I just need to decide whether to do it now or after she's hit puberty. I wonder if hormonal changes make a difference in reaction.
02/12/2009
Mariye Mariye
I got those shots. Those were the most painful shots I've ever gotten. I don't know if it's that bad for others, but my arm was sore for the whole day and a bit the next day.

I haven't faced any side effects or any problems at all with it. I got it when I was 17, which in truth wasn't all that long ago.

All the same, I'd recommend getting it, despite the brief pain.
02/12/2009
Dragon Dragon
I have two girls. They just had well checks for 14 and 11 years of age. The older one got her second shot. The younger one her first. We have chosen to vaccinate our children with everything, but in general I'm more concerned about not individual vaccinations, but the combination of how many vaccines which are given at one time.

There are some risks for any vaccine. However, when you are vaccinating against cancer - I'll take the risk. Especially because you do not vaccinate on this one until adolescence minimum when most other shots are done. (Because of the laws with public schools - it's a huge issue to decide against vaccinations.)

That said... Having watched them get shots over their life. This one hurts more than most of them. My oldest went into tears the first time, and complained for hours. It wasn't as bad the second time. For the youngest - she didn't react as much. She's more muscular and heavier though so it may be related to body fat in the arm.
02/12/2009
Miss Cinnamon Miss Cinnamon
I didn't really think about getting vaccinated until my family doctor first told me I didn't have it after my annual pap smear, but then a few months later, when I went in to see her about a recurring yeast infection, she told me I DID have it. She sent me to a gynecologist for a closer look, and in the three weeks that separated the appointments, I almost tore my hair out in worry. My boyfriend felt incredibly guilty because he's the only partner I've ever been with sexually and if I had it, then I probably got it from him. The gynecologist looked around, swabbed the area with vinegar, and told me I was fine. I nearly cried with relief.

So now, even though I'm in a monogamous relationship and don't see myself with anyone else (ever...which is a little scary), I want to get vaccinated because my doctor told me that it is possible to get HPV from non-sexual contact as well (touching a bathroom doorknob when the person before you didn't wash their hands). It's just good to feel safeguarded against something big and bad. But my parents won't let me get vaccinated, and since I'm under their insurance and don't have enough money to get it on my own, what they say, goes. They are very conservative people and they think that I just want to be vaccinated as an excuse to fuck everything that moves.

It hurts me that they are letting their assumptions about my sexual choices put me at risk for something that could give me frikkin cervical cancer.
02/13/2009
Tragemony Tragemony
I got the first shot, but never got the other two. My doctor just didn't call me back. I know I should go in and do it, but I'll have to start over. D:
03/11/2009
Dragon Dragon
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Originally posted by Tragemony
I got the first shot, but never got the other two. My doctor just didn't call me back. I know I should go in and do it, but I'll have to start over. D:
Not sure that you would... My daughter had her second shot a year after the first. It wasn't starting over for her.
03/11/2009
LikeSunshineDust LikeSunshineDust
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Originally posted by Tragemony
I got the first shot, but never got the other two. My doctor just didn't call me back. I know I should go in and do it, but I'll have to start over. D:
You might not have to start over. If you do go back, make sure you make an appointment for your second shot before you leave. That's your responsibility, not your doctor's.
03/11/2009
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