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Mon May 27, 2019, 07:11 PM

My children and I are fully vaccinated. However, not all vaccines are created equal. [View all]

Just like not all medications are created equal.

Serious questions have been raised about the long-term safety of the HPV vaccines in females. Now data is available that wasn't available to the FDA when it approved the vaccine. To make matters worse, the need for the vaccine among females was never that clear, since the pap smear is still required (because not all strains of the virus are covered by the vaccine). The pap smear catches dysplasia so early that it had almost eliminated progression to cervical cancer -- BEFORE the vaccine became available.

This report from a peer-reviewed journal of public health would make me think twice before having a daughter vaccinated with the HPV vaccine. I would want to see conclusive results that the vaccine was not causing a decrease in female fertility.


Birth rates in the United States have recently fallen. Birth rates per 1000 females aged 2529 fell from 118 in 2007 to 105 in 2015. One factor may involve the vaccination against the human papillomavirus (HPV). Shortly after the vaccine was licensed, several reports of recipients experiencing primary ovarian failure emerged. This study analyzed information gathered in National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, which represented 8 million 25-to-29-year-old women residing in the United States between 2007 and 2014. Approximately 60% of women who did not receive the HPV vaccine had been pregnant at least once, whereas only 35% of women who were exposed to the vaccine had conceived. For married women, 75% who did not receive the shot were found to conceive, while only 50% who received the vaccine had ever been pregnant. Using logistic regression to analyze the data, the probability of having been pregnant was estimated for females who received an HPV vaccine compared with females who did not receive the shot. Results suggest that females who received the HPV shot were less likely to have ever been pregnant than women in the same age group who did not receive the shot. If 100% of females in this study had received the HPV vaccine, data suggest the number of women having ever conceived would have fallen by 2 million. Further study into the influence of HPV vaccine on fertility is thus warranted.

NOTE: Other studies have not found an association between the HPV vaccine and primary ovarian failure. With conflicting studies, further research is warranted.

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