Two Wisconsin residents are claiming that the HPV vaccine caused their ovaries to shut down, making the likelihood of having children extremely small. Sisters Madelyne Meylor, 20, and Olivia Meylor, 19 are taking their case to federal court.
“I’ve always wanted a huge family, but I don’t know if that will be possible,” Madelyne said.
Madelyne says she began having irregular periods after her first two doses of the vaccine, and then stopped ovulating altogether after the third.
Olivia said, “People should look into the vaccine more and see if the benefits outweigh the risks.”
This is the first report of such a side effect occurring from the HPV vaccine, which helps prevent ovarian cancer in women as well as genital warts and other types of cancer in the genital area.
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Merck, the manufacturer of HPV vaccine Gardasil, denies that the drug is related to the girls’ condition.
“Merck has reviewed the post-licensure reports of [premature ovarian insufficiency] after administration of Gardasil and has concluded that the evidence does not support a causal relationship to the vaccine,” Merck said. “The cases have been reported to the U.S. FDA and other regulatory agencies. There have been no reports of POI in the clinical trials with Gardasil.”
The CDC recommends the HPV vaccine to all young girls and boys before they become sexually active, as HPV is a highly common STD.
Most adverse reactions to the vaccine are mild, although in rare cases patients may suffer seizure, stroke or Guillain-Barre syndrome, a condition that can lead to paralysis.
However, the CDC still hails the drug as safe, and claims that it may help prevent tens of thousands of cancer cases in the United States.
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HPV is often a silent disease, so many carriers pass it on without realizing it. The disease is responsible for a surge of reproductive cancers in young people.
According to the CDC website, “HPV vaccine is a strong weapon in prevention. These safe, effective vaccines are available to protect females and males against some of the most common HPV types and the health problems that the virus can cause.”