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Couples often worry about having sex during pregnancy. They may be afraid that having sex could cause a miscarriage or harm the baby. It is best to talk to your doctor or nurse midwife about your specific situation to make sure you are considered at low risk for complications such a ...Read more


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I abstained for 2 years prior to my 1st Gardasil shot & just received the 3rd. How long should I wait to have sex now that I've completed the series?

I abstained for 2 years prior to my 1st Gardasil shot & just received the 3rd. How long should I wait to have sex now that I've completed the series?

Anytime: The immunity after third dose of a series is already there and boosted further. But one should be aware all vaccines are not 100% reliable. The only way to be sure is to have ur self checked for HPV. Some tests are available but not yet in the U.S. But you have done your bit to minimize the risk as much as you can. ...Read more

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When can you have sex after gardasil?

When can you have sex after gardasil?

Protection delay: It takes the body 2-3 weeks to develop protective antibody to a vaccine. This would apply to the gardisil. The first dose would start the process, but long term protection would require completion of the series. You can/will have sex when you do, but do not expect the protection to be available before that interval. ...Read more

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How soon after gardasil can you have sex?

How soon after gardasil can you have sex?

Confusing question: The presence or absence of a gardisil shot does not define when most would have sex.If the question is how soon could you reasonably expect any benefit from the shot, that is 2-3 weeks after it is given.Exposure before it was given, or during that interval would not prevent acquisition of the germ.Failure to complete the 3 dose series would let the benifit gradually be lost. ...Read more

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Is giving your child gardasil HPV vaccine kind of like giving them permission to have sex?

Is giving your child gardasil HPV vaccine kind of like giving them permission to have sex?

No: Hpv is only one of more than a dozen illnesses that can be transmitted through intercourse & actually only covers 9 of dozens of strains of that virus, the ones associated with cancer of genital warts. Some may want to think of that way to hide from the reality of sex. Males & females can acquire the germ & keep it in their system for decades before it returns to cause cancer. ...Read more

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How long do I have to wait to have sexual intercourse after taking gardisil?

How long do I have to wait to have sexual intercourse after taking gardisil?

Protection delay: It takes the body 2-3 weeks to develop protective antibody to a vaccine. This would apply to the gardisil. The first dose would start the process, but long term protection would require completion of the series. You can/will have sex when you do, but do not expect the protection to be available before that interval. ...Read more

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What do we do if my bf has been w someone w hpv? We haven't had sex yet. I've had the 3 gardasil shot

What do we do if my bf has been w someone w hpv? We haven't had sex yet. I've had the 3 gardasil shot

Look for other STD's: If 2 people haven't had sex but know about each other's contact with HPV+ people, that means the couple talks about STD's (communication is good!). A man can get Gardasil to prevent getting the 4 vaccine strains, but the shots won't get rid of HPV strains he already has. More importantly, the couple is talking, so they can go together to their doctors to be checked for other STD's, like chlamydia. ...Read more

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Can you still get HPV before getting the 3rd Gardasil shot? Do the shots work even if TA more time than the recommended wait time between them?

Can you still get HPV before getting the 3rd Gardasil shot? Do the shots work even if TA more time than the recommended wait time between them?

Yes: keep in mind the vaccine covers certain strains and it is possible to get a strain that is not covered, or you may not respond to the vaccine as well. The time frame is fine as long as it is longer than recommended ...Read more

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Should I wait until my gardasil vaccine has taken effect to have vaginal sex?

Should I wait until my gardasil vaccine has taken effect to have vaginal sex?

NO USE CONDOM: No need to wait as you can have protected sex by using condom, ...Read more

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Would i be unwise to wait until my gardasil vaccine has taken effect to have vaginal sex?

Would i be unwise to wait until my gardasil vaccine has taken effect to have vaginal sex?

Gardasil: This would be the best thing to do, you are not being a nerd at all. You are being careful and wanting to protect yourself. Good for you. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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Hi, i'm almost 25 years old, i had my first two gardasil HPV shots in 2008. Do I have to get the last one? Is it a must? I'm married and i only had 1 sex partner in my life and i'm not going to have more, he is healthy and me too.

Hi, i'm almost 25 years old, i had my first two gardasil HPV shots in 2008. Do I have to get the last one? Is it a must? I'm married and i only had 1 sex partner in my life and i'm not going to have more, he is healthy and me too.

Yes: The recommendation is to get all three hpv vaccinations so you are protected from the most harmful hpv viruses. Please get the third dose so you will be protected. You don't know what the future will bring and it is best to be all the way protected! ...Read more

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Did she get warts in her throat from me? If my girlfriend has hpv/ genital warts she had gardasil treatment, and we have had sex, etc. And i got it from her at least im assuming I have it, i think i just had warts show a couple days ago, but not on my pe

Did she get warts in her throat from me? If my girlfriend has hpv/ genital warts she had gardasil treatment, and we have had sex, etc. And i got it from her at least im assuming  I have it, i think i just had warts show a couple days ago, but not on my pe

Site specific: Genital warts are rather site specific. They are known to show up on external genital skin like the labia and penis, the vocal cords, and at the lip margin in immune depressed HIV patients. Gardasil is not a treatment for anything. It is a vaccine that can help prevent someone from getting new strains of HPV. The only way to verify she has anything in her throat is for an ENT to evaluate her. ...Read more

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Is the gardasil shot painful?

Is the gardasil shot painful?

Varies: All vaccines may cause some local discomfort, some more than others. Gardisil may have a higher number of patients with sore arms. This side effect is certainly better than developing cancer! be wise and immunize! ...Read more

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Gardasil work after one shot?

Gardasil work after one shot?

Protection delay: It takes the body 2-3 weeks to develop protective antibody to a vaccine. This would apply to the gardisil. The first dose would start the process, but long term protection would require completion of the series. ...Read more

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Who should get the gardasil shot?

Who should get the gardasil shot?

Gardasil indications: Merck, the vaccine manufacturer, recommends vaccination for people age 9-26 years for prevention of some of the strains of HPV that cause genital warts and certain cancers. It will not treat the infection if it has already been transmitted, but may offer protection from getting infected with other strains. ...Read more

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Where do you get the gardasil shot?

Where do you get the gardasil shot?

Usually in the arm: I suppose you could ask for it to be given somewhere else, but it is usually given in the upper arm. ...Read more

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What are risks of the gardasil shots?

Minor pain...: ...at the injection site is the only known side effect. It typicallly is gone in a couple of days. Except in the very rare instance in which someone has had an allergic reaction to a previous dose of the vaccine, almost all young people should be vaccinated. ...Read more

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What is the gardasil shot for for men?

What is the gardasil shot for for men?

Prevents Cancer: A vaccine to prevent acquisition of certain strains of human papilloma virus (hpv). Hpv is a sexually transmitted disease that is the sole cause of cervical cancer in women and the cause of other cancer in men such as anal, penile or throat cancer. ...Read more

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How painful is the first gardasil shot?

How painful is the first gardasil shot?

Same as any vaccine: Gardasil is a newer vaccine and is as safe as the meningitis, hepatitis, or flu shots. Gardasil has similar side effects, too. Some people get mild arm soreness, slight fever or headache, etc... Gardasil is an anti-cancer vaccine (in the U.S., 3000-4000 women die each year from cervical cancer, now a vaccine-preventable disease). ...Read more

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Should i the gardasil shot when im sick?

Should i the gardasil shot when im sick?

Depends: For most, a minor illness will not alter the benefit of getting the shot as it will seek out and stimulate a part of your immune system not active with your illness. If you feel bad enough that you don't want to get out and get it done i would just do it when you are feeling better. ...Read more

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What are the views on the gardasil shots?

What are the views on the gardasil shots?

Great potential: It is a safe, low risk vaccination that has great potential benefit in the primary prevention of hpv, which is a cancer-causing virus. You should make every effort to get vaccinated and educate others about it. ...Read more

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What to be feeling after this gardasil shot?

What to be feeling after this gardasil shot?

Possibly nothing: You may not feel anything. Possible side effects from Gardasil include pain/redness/ swelling at the injection site, fever, headache or fainting. I have not seen abdominal pain listed as a side effect from gardasil. ...Read more

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Why can't women over 26 get the gardasil shot?

Why can't women over 26 get the gardasil shot?

May help,coverage? : The target group for the Gardasil shot are those never exposed to hpv, as early as 9yo. The benefit may remain for anyone at any age who is sexually active, but insurance plans may only cover age groups listed as the target groups by the cdc or council on immunization practices. The vaccine is expensive, in excess of $150/dose before it gets into my office so some balk at paying out of pocket. ...Read more

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How long after first gardasil shot is it effective?

How long after first gardasil shot is it effective?

Protection delay: It takes the body 2-3 weeks to develop protective antibody to a vaccine. This would apply to the gardisil. The first dose would start the process, but long term protection would require completion of the series. ...Read more

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Is there a difference among the three gardasil shots?

Is there a difference among the three gardasil shots?

No: All three doses of Gardasil are the same
Gardasil, protects against four HPV types (6, 11, 16, and 18), is approved for use by females aged 9-26 to help prevent cancer of the cervix, vagina, and vulva; genital warts, and anal cancer. It's also approved for males aged 9-26 to help prevent genital warts and anal cancer. A second type is Cervarix which Cervarix targets HPV types 16 and 18 ...Read more

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I never had my last gardasil shot. Can I still get it?

I never had my last gardasil shot. Can I still get it?

Depends: The vaccine is likely effective for anyone with a mature and competent immune system.Your listed age is 43, and that should apply. However, the original FDA approval was for age 9-26, and many health insurers will not cover this outside this age range.It is an expensive vaccine, requiring more than 20 years to develop and assemble the data to get FDA approval. ...Read more

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I never finished my gardasil shot. could I still finish?

I never finished my gardasil shot. could I still finish?

Protection delay: It takes the body time to develop protective antibody to a vaccine. This would apply to the gardisil. The first dose would start the process, but long term protection would require completion of the series.You can complete the shot series later if you don't do it on a strict schedule, but some have a hard time getting insurers to cover the cost after the age 26. ...Read more

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What to do if I feel really sick after my gardasil shot?

What to do if I feel really sick after my gardasil shot?

Talk to your doctor: Common reactions to the Gardasil HPV vaccine include local swelling and reactions and sometimes fever. Fainting is also reported. The vaccine is a very important one to help prevent cervical cancer but major adverse reactions may be a contraindication to receiving it again. You should speak with the doctor/office who gave the shot directly. ...Read more

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If you get the shot gardasil can you still have children?

Of course: If Gardasil prevented you from having children, it would not have been approved by the fda! ...Read more