HPV Vaccine may be linked to early menopause/infertility

posted 3 years ago in TTC
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  • Post # 3
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    @QueenGee87:  I haven’t looked into in great detail, but I’m a bit skeptical.

    It seems odd that when a vaccine is used for primarily reproductive health, it damages the reproductive system, when the virus doesn’t just stay in cervical cells.

    That said though, once I reached a certain age I started weighing the benefits and risks of each vaccine and made my decision that way.  Looking back, 12 would have been too young for me personally to get the HPV vaccine.  I was too old when they first brought it out.

    Now, doctors have advised me that the risk isn’t worth it for all vaccines, so unless they figure out something more than what they know, or there’s an epidemic of something that makes the risk worth it, or I’m directly exposed to something I won’t be getting a vaccine.

    Post # 4
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    @QueenGee87:  Can you link the article? I’d like to see the sources (I work in drug development). I’d love to see the hypothesis for the molecular link between the drug and the infertility. Since infertility is not so uncommon – 10+% of women in the US have infertility issues – i’d love to see how they are parsing out normal population issues with infertility and the effects of the vaccine.

    I have a really hard time believing that the vaccine causes these issues.

    Also, post-approval studies are showing that for the vast majority of women, one shot is enough to give immunity. The follow-up shots are to boost immunity in a very small sector of the population who don’t reach complete or near-complete immunity with the first shot (same for hepatitis, and other multi-shot vaccine courses). So, you are likely good regardless of whether you get the 3rd shot.

    Post # 5
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    I got vaccinated…. Im normally gung ho about vaccines and think they are great, but i dont think i really needed the hpv one… Ive only ever been with one person (fi) whos only ever been with one person (me)… So the chances of either of us contracting hpv are slim to none… My mother was very adament about it at the time though and pressured me into having it. I hope its not true… Is there any peer reviewed research on the subject yet? I know my fsh levels are a little high (can be a sign of early menopause/ low egg count) but we arent ttc yet, so i havent investigated it any further yet.

    Post # 7
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2014 - Royalton White Sands

    I have all my other vaccines, but I’ve never gotten the HPV vaccine. When it came out, my pediatrician told my mother that she wouldn’t give it to her own child, and so I didn’t get it then. After I turned 18, every single doctor asked me why I’ve never gotten it and tried to pressure me into getting it. Every time I think that maybe I need to get it, I hear of some other lawsuit about it and I decide not to.

    Post # 9
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    I didn’t get it.  By the time the vaccine came out, I was already with my husband.  And as it turns out, I already had a high-risk strain of HPV anyway. 

    Post # 10
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    Even if the vaccine did cause these issues, I don’t see it as a huge concern for most people.  It’s rare.  Almost every medication, vaccine, procedure, etc. has some risk.  It just sucks to be in the minority when something bad happens 🙁

    Post # 11
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    And here’s a study of a MILLION girls who experienced absolutely zero SERIOUS side effects from the vaccine. I’ll take data about a MILLION girls over an anecdotal story about two sisters any day.

     

    And, if you’re into anecdotes, I had all three doses and have a beautiful baby boy. 

     

    ETA: The link…silly me.

     

    http://sciencenordic.com/no-serious-side-effects-hpv-vaccine

     

    Post # 12
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    I’ve gotten all my other vaccines, but not the HPV. My doctor said it’s not a primary concern for me, since FI has been my first and only sexual partner, and vice versa.

    Post # 13
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I’ve gotten it. I hope I can still get pregnant!

    Post # 14
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I never got the vaccine. It was too new and the long term affects hadn’t been tested, so I chose not to get it. When I was in nursing school, one of my instructors told us about a girl who took it and had horrible long term side effects. For the life of me I can’t remember what they were exactly! I wish I did! 

    Post # 15
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    @Jess1483:  The study doesn’t say that there are zero side effects.

     

    Post # 16
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2014 - Royalton White Sands

    @QueenGee87:  Honestly, it shocks me that so many other people’s doctors pushed it so hard, especially when it was brand new. Even now, I’m floored when I go to the doctor and have to refuse that shot over and over again practically every time I go in. We were abnormally close to our pediatricians growing up (my siblings and I saw a father/daughter pair) because my brother was pretty badly asthmatic and we were at the office practically every week.

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