All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome when using Gardasil:
Dizziness; headache; mild fever; mild pain, redness, itching, bruising, or swelling at the injection site; nausea; vomiting.
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur when using Gardasil:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue; wheezing); calf or leg pain or tenderness; chest pain; chills; confusion; fainting with or without jerking movements or seizure-like activity; general feeling of being unwell; joint pain; muscle pain or weakness; seizures; severe or persistent pain, redness, swelling, or warmth at the injection site; severe stomach pain; shortness of breath; swollen glands (eg, in the neck, armpit, or groin); unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual tiredness or weakness.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
I don’t think the HPV shots are worth it.
High risk can cause cancer whereas low risk is genital warts.
Did you get a colposcopy during pregnancy to find out you were positive? Or did your doctor just say you had atypical or abnormal cells? Also, if you tested positive for HPV during pregnancy, why would they try to give you a vaccine? Vaccines are to prevent something, not cure it. I’m very confused about what you’re asking.
In my opinion, if I had the chance of having HPV during pregnancy, I wouldn’t do anything until after the baby is born. A colposcopy involves removing some cells on your cervix which can then cause early labor (not saying it will, I just wouldn’t want to risk it). Also, giving birth can actually get rid of your HPV, how crazy is that?! Here’s some information that may help you: http://www.webmd.com/sexual-conditions/hpv-pregnancy
Since giving it to your baby is such a low chance, there really isn’t a point in receiving treatment during pregnancy. That’s just my opinion though.
I got the three Gardisil shots when I was 14-15 years old. The shots protect you from certain strains of HPV, but not all of them. Less than 1% of people die from cervical cancer (caused by HPV) and about 80% of people (men and women) contract HPV in their lifetime whether they know it or not. Do not get the Gardisil shots. Instead, get yearly pap smears with your gynecologist. The Gardisil shots are a waste of time and money and can cause some serious permanent side effects such as seizures, headaches, chronic fatigue, loss of some vision, etc. It is not worth the risk!
I found out I had HPV by going in for my yearly pap smear. She noticed some atypical cells so she tested me for HPV and a couple weeks later the results came back positive for high risk HPV (high risk is the cancer causing kind, low risk HPV is genital warts). Because it was positive, I had to go back in and get a colposcopy, which is basically a further examination of my cervix as well as a couple biopsies of the atypical cells. Thankfully, those results came back as low grade, which basically means no further treatment is necessary. Instead, I now see my gynecologist every six months to make sure nothing has changed. However, if something were to change, I would most likely need a LEEP procedure which is where the abnormal cells would be removed.
HPV alone does not affect fertility. However, if you are trying to get pregnant through IVF (in vitro fertilization), it makes it more difficult. (So basically, I’m screwed for my next child since I’m going to marry a woman.)
As long as you keep an eye on HPV, let your partner/future partner(s) know you have it, then it shouldn’t interfere in your future. Also, HPV can go away on its own. :)
*I also just put this info in my FAQ since I get asked about this a lot.*
I had two biopsies done on my cervix today. My doctor said I tested as “high risk”, but I’m not sure what that means. I definitely don’t have cervical cancer, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have a different type of cancer. Most likely I’ll need a leep procedure done, which is basically where I’m put to sleep and she cuts out a part of my cervix where the atypical cells are growing. Other than that, I have no idea what else is in store for me.