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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 4 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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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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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