(Closed) Did you get HPV vaccine?

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
  • poll: Did you get HPV vaccine?
    Yes : (91 votes)
    52 %
    No : (83 votes)
    48 %
  • Post # 16
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2016

    Why wouldnt you?

    Post # 17
    Hostess
    3167 posts
    Sugar bee

    Having seen patients dying of cervical cancer, I got the vaccine. One was a lovely, kind woman who had been a patient of my doctor for many years and was even invited to her wedding. Her family desperately wanted her to have further treatment, more chemo, but by this time the cancer had spread and she was riddled with it. I couldn’t tell them it was pointless and she was going to die anyway, but my patient already knew even if her family couldn’t accept it. She didnt have any fight left in her and was in pain, and she just wanted to die peacefully. I will never forget her.

    I was over 25 when I got the vaccine, and I paid out of pocket. It was expensive. I’d do it again in a heartbeat.

    Post # 18
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    1452 posts
    Bumble bee

    I ended up with an abnormal pap from HPV and it cleared itself by my next pap.  I did start the treatment but felt a little off after the 2nd one so I didn’t go back for the 3rd. 

    Post # 19
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    Helper bee

    No I didn’t because the cervical cancer causing HPV is preventable And there isn’t a history of cancer in my family so there was no need to.

    Post # 20
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    5154 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I did. I had no reaction and all is good. 

    Post # 21
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    5109 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2014

    I got the first two shots in high school, I never ended up getting the third because my mother started flipping out about the potential side effects and wouldn’t let me get it (I was a minor at the time). When I went to college, I considered getting the third shot, but just never ended up doing it. I was in a long term relationship for all of college (we were both virgins before each other), so the risk didn’t seem large enough to motivate me to look into it further. 

    Post # 22
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    1418 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    I did the first round when I was about 14 maybe? I got extremely extremely sick with a 103 temp and was just completely dog sick. We decided I wouldnt go through with the next round. I might decide to finish it someday but not at this time. everyone can have a different reaction to things like this. 

    Post # 23
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    5038 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2017

    I also had an abormal pap from HPV when I was 22 years old.  Fortunately it cleared up on its own.  The doctors suggested I get the Gardasil vaccine and I went through with it.  Haven’t had any issues since, its been 10 years.

    Post # 24
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    2006 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2018

    I did. It was free. 

    However, I still ended up getting a strain that the vaccine did not protect against. I had precancerous cells on my cervix that I had to have removed. I will have to be careful when I get pregant as there is a chance it might have weakend the cervix, and I may not be able to carry to term without medical help. 

    Post # 25
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    8084 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    mus1ca1xo:  it came out after I already had HPV and I didn’t see the point even though my PCP recommended getting it. I still opted out and my fertility nurse told me the other day that I made the right decision – apparently the vaccine isn’t worth a damn. 

    also for those posters saying it’s “preventable” it’s just not always the case. Some of us were virgins who got it from “monagamous” partners (who we had been with for years) who had been tested for every STD imaginable and swore up and down they had never had sex without a condom. And then those guys are cheating lying sacks of shit even though you did everything in your power to protect yourself. 

    • This reply was modified 3 years, 4 months ago by  LilliV.
    Post # 26
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    Buzzing bee

    I got it in my teens. 

    As for being preventable, HPV is so common that nearly all sexually active adults will contract at least one strain in their lifetime. Men cannot be tested for HPV, and many people who contract a strain are asymptomatic. It can spread though skin-to-skin contact, so while condoms lower your risk they cannot protect 100% against it.

    I know someone whose aunt was diagnosed with aggressive cervical cancer that developed from the strain of HPV her cheating husband gave to her. I don’t understand why anyone would shrug off a vaccine that could lower your risk of dying of cancer, especially when controversies about the vaccine’s safety have been debunked (spoiler: they were rooted in moral panic about teen girls being sexually active). 1  2

    Post # 27
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    816 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2017

    I got it. It was a pretty painful shot, but I figured why not? Sure, HPV is preventable, but why not add that extra layer of protection? I haven’t actually heard of any terrible side effects, and I felt totally fine after getting the shots.

    Post # 28
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    703 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

    i got the series back when I was 17/18 and all I remember is that they hurt really bad. I’ve heard they’re not necessary anymore but my mom and I figured it was preventative measures at the time 

    Post # 29
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    329 posts
    Helper bee

    I got it. My mother had cancer and frankly anything to lower the risk of any type of cancer is worth it to me. I don’t remember how I felt after getting the shots, but I think that’s because nothing really happened to me side effects wise. 

    Post # 30
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    1700 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2016

    I started it as a teenager and finished it in my early 20’s, because my mother wouldn’t let me finish the course of shots as a teenager. I had several friends who got symptomatic HPV as teenagers, some of which needed cancerous cells removed. Because of this, I chose to finish the course of the vaccine and get the third shot when I was ~20 and had my own healthcare. I protect myself from other risks in life and was grateful to have protection against the 4 most common strains of HPV. I think the vaccine has been positive for my health and wish I and others had easier access to it, since it’s most effective around adolescence. 

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