It was a disturbing phone call. Usually cool, calm and collected, my friend was in tears and on the verge of losing it.
“I just came from my OBGYN…I need to get my uterus removed. How is it going to affect my sexuality?” Good question and something she should be concerned about.
A few days later my friend told me the entire story. She contracted HPV and ended up with high grade cervical cancer cells which, eventually, let to a hysterectomy.
The kicker? In her own words, “I did everything right. I waited until I was 21 to have sex and then always made sure to have protected sex. It wasn’t until I was married at 33 that I got HPV from my husband…he didn’t know he had it.”
Mom Peer Pressure
Before this, she felt peer pressure from her mommy group not to give her daughter the HPV shot. There was an undercurrent, a silent social more that by getting the shot it would promote her daughter to go out and have sex.
She believes she was completely misinformed and now she wants both her daughter and son to have the shot.
She says, “Parents need to be better educated about what the HPV shot means to for our kids’ health now and in the future.”
In honor of my friend and her experience
There’s been a lot of negative press about the HPV shot. So I thought I would give you the facts and let you make an educated decision as to whether it is something you want to do for your children.
Cervical Cancer Facts
Statistics Canada estimates that every year 1,502 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer, and 581 will die from it, while another 220 will die from cancer of the vulva or vagina.
What is HPV?
Here’s some HPV facts from the website HPV Awareness .