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I got my cervical cancer vaccine

Written on January 14th, 2010 by sassymomone shout

Yesterday, I completed my vaccine for cervical cancer. Although many do not believe in vaccines, I guess I am not one of those. I know for a fact that this vaccine does not protect me against all the types of human papillomavirus (HPV) – the virus that causes cervical cancer, but at least I have protection.

Ever since I gave birth to my youngest, I go to my OB-GYN for my annual check up, with the usual pap smear and breast exam. Nowadays, you can never be too careful with all the various illnesses lurking around. As Benjamin Franklin said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

At present, the causes of cervical cancer have not been understood accurately. According to my doctor, there are a number of factors that contribute to it, such as having more than one sexual partners, or have a partner who has had many partners, sex at an early age, smoking, long-term use of contraceptive pills and weak immune system.

Studies say cervical cancer symptoms can often be overlooked as they can pass for a lot of other ailments. Other cervical cancer patients did not even experience any symptoms at all. More often than not, these symptoms can pass for a PMS or ovulation pains. As a result, women tend to shrug off these symptoms. I for instance have always experienced severe premenstrual and menstrual pains (dysmenorrhea) ever since I had my monthly period –that is why I am so vigilant! One of the exams that can help early detection is the Pap smear. This can detect abnormal cervical changes.

Personally, I took this vaccine as a way of empowering myself in protecting my body. I believe every person should do so. If you are interested in the cervical cancer vaccine, go ahead and ask your doctor about it.