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post #1 of 26
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Guardasil is the new shot out on the market that is supposed to help prevent some types of cervical cancer in women. The shots are given 1 shot every 6 months (there are a total of 3 shots). Women ages 9-26 can get it. I'm 21...so i'm considering getting the shot at the moment. It seems like a good idea, but i'd like to weigh all the pros and cons first. I'm going to the doctor this month, so i will ask about it when i'm there. It's about $120 per shot at the moment (not sure if insurance covers it or not)....but hey, if it prevents you from getting some forms of cervical cancer- it seems worth it. Is anyone getting the new vaccinations? Or, for those of you who've already had them- did you have any issues with the shots or problems? I'm thinking about getting it soon, but will double check with my doctor before I decide for sure

here are a few links with info on the vaccine.
http://www.gardasil.com/
http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/...-vaccine_x.htm
post #2 of 26
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One more thing- for those of you with young girls, are you thinking about asking your daughters doctor about the shot for her? My sister has an 11 yr old (12 next week!) daughter, Taylor, and she's planning on discussing it with her doctor at her next visit- so that all 3 of them can make a good decision
post #3 of 26
Too late for me...but if it weren't, I'd get it for both myself AND my daughter.
post #4 of 26
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Originally Posted by GingersMom View Post
Too late for me...but if it weren't, I'd get it for both myself AND my daughter.

Good to know someone else thinks it's a good idea / I'm going to ask about it at my next doctors app. to see if it's right for me.
post #5 of 26
To late for me, but if circumstances were different my choice would be to wait to see if any complications arose from this new vaccination. Then again I am one who won't get the flu vaccination because it has mercury in it. This is just my opinion for myself if I was considering getting the vaccination.
post #6 of 26
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To late for me, but if circumstances were different my choice would be to wait to see if any complications arose from this new vaccination. Then again I am one who won't get the flu vaccination because it has mercury in it. This is just my opinion for myself if I was considering getting the vaccination.
That's kinda how i feel at the moment- i'm a little nervous about getting something that's soo new and hasn't been really studied out in the public for years and years....but here's the catch - i'm 21 now...and it takes about a year and a half to finish up the vaccinations. I have to have all of the shots finished before I'm 26 if i do get it...so i don't have a lot of time to wait. One more thing too, Colin and I are planning on having children sooner rather than later (and you can't get pregnant or start the shots if you're pg. or nursing....so I'd rather go ahead and get the shots before i'm married and start a family as well) That's where i'm a little preplexed as to what to do. It does seem like an excellent option though if it is really able to help cut down on my odds of getting some forms of cancer / This is why i'm going to talk to my doctor this month about it and see what she recommends
post #7 of 26
Gosh I really don't know. It being new makes me nervous. I just turned 24 so I really don't have time to figure it out. But new drugs and things do make me nervous. DH knows a guy who had serious reactions to a controversial vaccination the military required and ever since then, I'm just very skeptical.
post #8 of 26
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Gosh I really don't know. It being new makes me nervous. I just turned 24 so I really don't have time to figure it out. But new drugs and things do make me nervous. DH knows a guy who had serious reactions to a controversial vaccination the military required and ever since then, I'm just very skeptical.
That's kinda what makes me nervous about it- i wish I knew more about the long term side effects you know? I remember when the birth control patch first came out- one of my friends (who was 17 at the time) was having girly isssues and her doctor recommended that. Within 3 months of being on the patch, she had a really bad blood clot and wound up in the hospital (thankfully, she wound up being ok). After that, I became a little reluctant to try new things as far as medicine goes. But the new Gardasil seems promising enough to make me curious- so I'm going to see what my doctor recommends when I go in this month. Maybe she can answer some of the questions about it
post #9 of 26
If you're within the age range, I highly recommend getting it. A single vaccination can help prevent you from getting one of the worse types of cancer a woman can get.
post #10 of 26
Cervical cancer is treatable though if its caught early isn't it? I'm not sure that vac is available in Canada
post #11 of 26
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Cervical cancer is treatable though if its caught early isn't it? I'm not sure that vac is available in Canada
Well, there are several different forms of cervical cancer...so i'm not sure about the treatablity of all those types. If the shots work as they claim to- it would be much cheaper (and less life threatening) to spend money on a preventative measure such as the shots, rather than treating cancer if you wind up with it later in life. Also, something to think about- if down the road, one were to be pregnant, and discover that they have cancer at that time, many times, certain treatments can't be preformed during pregnancy...so the cancer could progress. So it would be better to try and prevent the odds of getting it before starting a family, etc. Not everyone is planning on having kids....but since I am, that's one thing that I was thinking about earlier / Maybe you could ask your doc if the vaccine is available in Canada.
post #12 of 26
I think the vaccine is a great thing & I'm only 19(20 in Jan), so it is something I am definately considering.
post #13 of 26
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If you're within the age range, I highly recommend getting it. A single vaccination can help prevent you from getting one of the worse types of cancer a woman can get.
All cancer is bad but cervical cancer is one that can be caught if you do regular pap smears. The one that is undectable by pap smears is ovarian cancer. There is a blood test that is fairly expensive but worth it to detect ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer is usually caught when it's to late.
post #14 of 26
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Originally Posted by MoochNNoodles View Post
Gosh I really don't know. It being new makes me nervous. I just turned 24 so I really don't have time to figure it out. But new drugs and things do make me nervous. DH knows a guy who had serious reactions to a controversial vaccination the military required and ever since then, I'm just very skeptical.
It's so new it makes me a little nervous as well. I might consider it down the road as I have many years to go before my 'vaccination time' is up.
post #15 of 26
I'm waiting to get results from my most recent pap so I know if it will do any good/all is normal. If yes, then certainly, I am getting it.

If I had a young daughter, there would be no decision. She would be getting the vax and I have no idea why it's so controversial. If it prevents CANCER is there really any hemming and hawing to do??
post #16 of 26
I am considering the vaccine...but we're not sure if we are going to wait that long to have our first baby right now. We had planned on starting really trying in about a year. If so, that puts me out of the ballgame. I haven't made up my mind yet.
post #17 of 26
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I am considering the vaccine...but we're not sure if we are going to wait that long to have our first baby right now. We had planned on starting really trying in about a year. If so, that puts me out of the ballgame. I haven't made up my mind yet.
that's one thing i was thinking about too...is the effect it may have on fertility/babies. i'm going to talk to my doctor more in depth about it to find out some answers.
post #18 of 26
If I were in the age range ... I likely wouldnt get it ... This is due to no one knowing what IT may cause while it is trying to prevent something( Ie think of Polio when it came out causeing the diesease in some)
post #19 of 26
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that's one thing i was thinking about too...is the effect it may have on fertility/babies. i'm going to talk to my doctor more in depth about it to find out some answers.
I've also wondered what would happen to my baby if I were to accidently get pregnant before I fiinished the vaccines. That thought really scares me.
post #20 of 26
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I've also wondered what would happen to my baby if I were to accidently get pregnant before I fiinished the vaccines. That thought really scares me.
me too! that's one thing that freaks me out- i wouldn't want to cause any birth defects,etc in my baby if i accidently got pregnant in that year & 1/2 while i'm being vaccinated.
post #21 of 26
having had cervical cancer that was diagnosed when i was pregnant with my first child and having gone thru the 3 different procedures in an effort to get rid of it over 2.5 years, I can honestly tell you at this time I Will not be contemplating this shot for my daughter.

Cervical dysplasia can be caused by many things including HPV which is what this vaccine protects against. Vaccines are NOT 100%. There are over 700 strains of HPV and over 80% of the US population is already infected. HPV can remain in your system for years. Some doctors believe that your body can get rid of the HPV but I for one do not believe that after all the research I did when I was diagnosed in 2000. HPV can lay dormat in your system and become active whenever it wants basically. If you already have HPV (which they can do a test on cells from your pap to find out) this vaccine most likely wont help at all.

Yes the surgeries (LEEP, Cryo, and Cone Biopsy) hurt and i had recovery times of up to 4 weeks for them, but they are promoting this shot like its a cure-all--

Knowledge and safer sex practices are the key. Not some bandaid shot. This shot is going to give parents a false piece of mind over their kids sexual health.

I am wondering why they are only wanting to give the shot to women when men are the primary carriers and transmittors of this virus.

I wonder how few strains of HPV this shot protects against. I know it cant protect against ALL of them. Just like the bordetella and parvo shots dont protect dogs against all the strains of those diseases.

The risk of a new product, the thimersol in the shot, and all the other factors i mentioned above turn me off of this fast.

JMO of course

Amity
post #22 of 26
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Originally Posted by amitya View Post
having had cervical cancer that was diagnosed when i was pregnant with my first child and having gone thru the 3 different procedures in an effort to get rid of it over 2.5 years, I can honestly tell you at this time I Will not be contemplating this shot for my daughter.

Cervical dysplasia can be caused by many things including HPV which is what this vaccine protects against. Vaccines are NOT 100%. There are over 700 strains of HPV and over 80% of the US population is already infected. HPV can remain in your system for years. Some doctors believe that your body can get rid of the HPV but I for one do not believe that after all the research I did when I was diagnosed in 2000. HPV can lay dormat in your system and become active whenever it wants basically. If you already have HPV (which they can do a test on cells from your pap to find out) this vaccine most likely wont help at all.

Yes the surgeries (LEEP, Cryo, and Cone Biopsy) hurt and i had recovery times of up to 4 weeks for them, but they are promoting this shot like its a cure-all--

Knowledge and safer sex practices are the key. Not some bandaid shot. This shot is going to give parents a false piece of mind over their kids sexual health.

I am wondering why they are only wanting to give the shot to women when men are the primary carriers and transmittors of this virus.

I wonder how few strains of HPV this shot protects against. I know it cant protect against ALL of them. Just like the bordetella and parvo shots dont protect dogs against all the strains of those diseases.

The risk of a new product, the thimersol in the shot, and all the other factors i mentioned above turn me off of this fast.

JMO of course

Amity
I completely agree with all that you've said. The shot won't help me, but if I had known about it years ago, I would have had safer practices instead of getting a shot. My Dr. hasn't told me a lot about HPV and I was only diagnosed this year. Most of the information I've found has been research on my own time.

As far as giving men the shot...I'm not sure how men are affected by HPV or if the vaccination can even work with their bodies.

I'm also concerned about side effects later down the road. Everyone thought that patch was great, but now people are freaking out because of the cases of blood clots causing death (btw, I've worn the patch for over 4 years with no side effects).

I'm all for advances in medicine, but not at the risk of my own health.
post #23 of 26
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Cervical cancer is treatable though if its caught early isn't it? I'm not sure that vac is available in Canada
If you have regular pap tests and catch it early, its IS treatable - that's how mine was detected. Because I was through having children, I opted for a hysterectomy, 16 years ago and have never regretted it.

As for the vaccine, I'd like to see more long-term studies.
post #24 of 26
I'm with amitya and emrldsky, this vaccine helps prevent cervical cancer caused by HPV, not cervical cancer in general. To me, if you're negative for HPV and in a monogamous, committed relationship, why would you get the vaccine, especially not knowing what the long-term side effects are? folks who are sexually active should be using condoms anyway, and if you're not wearing them then you have a lot more to be worried about than contacting HPV which "might" cause cervical cancer down the road. I'm too old to get it, although I'm not really understanding the age limit but I would not get it, I have annual exams exactly because of these things.
post #25 of 26
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everyone has made some excellent points. it's great to hear some input from cervical cancer survivors- i applaud you guys for sharing your stories with us. I just made my doctors appointment for the 22nd, so i'm not going to plan on doing anything until I talk in depth with my doctor. I talked to Colin about it this morning and told him that my main concern would be the effects it has down the road that have yet to be study. I don't want it if it has a potential to affect my fertility or harm any future children you know. I'm just a little leary of a product that has not been out on the market long or has been studied years down the road to see what kind, if any, side effects it may cause. I can definitely see pros and cons to the vaccine. Oh, one more thing, i don't remember who asked, but according to the Gardasil site, the vaccine helps to prevent Types 6,11,18, and 16 of cervical cancer. I'm not sure why there is an age limit eithor? Made no sense to me. I will definitely ask about it though.
post #26 of 26
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Well ladies, when all else fails, consult Cosmo/ I was just skimming through my new issue of Cosmo, and what do you know, they did a huge section on HPV/Cervical Cancer/ and the new Gardasil vaccination. It answered a lot of the questions we had earlier. I'd suggest those of ya'll who were interested, read the new december issue of Cosmopolitan. They answer a lot of myths and questions. I'm thinking about writing down certain questions/points they made in the issue and asking my doctor about it. I'm still not definite i will get the shot, but i am going to look into it and see what the doctor says
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