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Are cervical cancer shots really necessary?

Asked by NostalgicChills (2784points) May 16th, 2011

I’m personally waiting until marriage, so are cervical cancer shots really necessary, or are those shots just another way for the drug company to make money?
I am scared to death of needles, and I’d rather not go through this painful thing if I don’t even need to.

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cheebdragon's avatar

Well, not if you want cancer.

tedd's avatar

I mean, you could definitely live without them. And you’re far less likely to need them if you are actually abstaining (keeping in mind some things that can transmit diseases leading to cancer can be transmitted orally). If you’re sexually active they’re a very good idea, especially if your partners have been with other people.

Basically I would say it takes the “low” chance of catching cancer without the shot…. and makes it pretty much a “zero” chance with the shot.

creative1's avatar

Better than getting HPV….. What if your new husband was exposed to HPV then you would too. I would just get them and you will be protected, I hate needles if I had the choice I would go for it.

JilltheTooth's avatar

I went through cervical cancer. If you think you don’t like shots now, I can tell you the kind they give you for cancer treatments are infinitely worse. I’ll spare everyone here and not go into the rest of what treatment is like. Suffice to say, it’s really sucky, and parts of my person will never be right again. Painful? Sweetie, I can absolutely guarantee that what I went through was exponentially more painful than some shots. And, by the way, I’m pretty lucky to be alive.
Get the damned shots.

marinelife's avatar

You would really rather not go through cervical cancer. It is a painful way to live and, in many cases, die.

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

You mean Gardisil?

It only takes one time of you deciding in a moment of passion to not wait till marriage, or getting raped, to give you HPV. They’re not bad, as vaccines go, so just get it done – much better than having to deal with all the needles that are involved in cancer treatment. And should you end up not waiting till marriage (which, lots and lots of people say they’re going to wait till marriage, few do), and do end up getting one of the HPV strains it protects against, you’ve just drastically lowered the effectiveness of the shot if you get it later.

Coloma's avatar

I’m glad my cervix is old, and still healthy. lol

Gah..I’ll take my chances!

The most sexual ‘action’ I’ve had in the last few years comes from the turbo jets in my hot tub. lolol

JilltheTooth's avatar

Oh, and just FYI, HPV can lie dormant in your system for years and years. Any youthful indiscretion of your partner could come back to haunt you in the future. It’s a nasty little piece of business, that.

Seaofclouds's avatar

Just because you wait for marriage, doesn’t mean your partner will have. As of right now, there isn’t a test for HPV in men (I know they were working on one, but as of right now, I don’t think it’s done). So, even if you have your partner tested before having sex, you wouldn’t know if he had HPV or not.

Personally, I think Gardasil is worth it. I got it several years ago (right when it came out) and have never regretted my decision to do so.

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creative1's avatar

Ask your gynocologist to tell you all about the different proceedures when you get an abnormal pap smear back and it could be cervical cancer such as scoposicpy which is a biopsy of the area, to a loop proceedure which they take some of the cervix, or they could take all of your cervix making it impossible for you to have children. Not only are procedures painful but they are life threating when it comes to cancer, a little shot is better than getting HPV…. GET THE SHOT! I plan my daughters to as soon as they are of age, your health is more important.

JilltheTooth's avatar

And one more really charming thing to think of…if you do get cervical cancer, just take a moment and imagine how many people will be examining you, and where. Not as much fun as you’d think.

crisw's avatar

Get the shot. It’s better than the alternative, should you decide not to wait. You are 16— statistics show you probably will decide not to wait, no matter what you think now. Fear of needles is nothing compared to cancer.

JLeslie's avatar

Well, it is estimated over 50% of men and women have HPV, so if your husband is not a virgin, you still have a really good chance of getting it. The vaccine protects you from just a few strains, supposedly some of the few that are most likely to lead to cancer. You can skip the vaccine if you want, and always get regular HPV screenings every year, which is prudent anyway, but knowing you have it, means you have it, while the shot might mean you don’t get it. I think it depends how you feel about vaccines.

JLeslie's avatar

How old are? As you get older you will likely be less afraid of needles as you begin to have more stuff done to you medically. The needle is a one second, you really should just try to think about it logically. It hurts less and for a shorter time than banging your funny bone. When you come up positive for HPV, they cut the pieces where your cervix has inflammation. Up in the stirrups, no anesthetic. It isn’t painful, but pretty uncomfortable and not fun.

SpatzieLover's avatar

The shot takes care of certain strains of HPV, not all. If you know you will remain abstinent until marriage, no, you do not need Gardasil. If you find out that the person you choose to marry hasn’t waited until marriage, then you can decide to get this vaccine (or whatever one is available in the future years) at that time.

I do not need Gardasil, nor will I ever.

crisw's avatar


She says in her profile that she is 16.

JLeslie's avatar

@crisw Oh. Thanks.

suzanna28's avatar

if you plan on having alot of unprotected sex with everyone you have a relationship with then yes

klutzaroo's avatar

Its possible that HPV can be transmitted a great number of ways, not always through sexual contact. Ever sat down on a chair at a pool where someone else has sat before you? Did you know that some experts think that it can be possible for the virus to be transmitted through contact with inanimate objects that an infected person has had contact with? Get the shot.

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