During an annual physical exam, your primary doctor may recommend an HPV vaccination for you or your child. This vaccine helps prevent human papillomavirus (HPV) infections, which have been linked to cervical cancer.

The vaccine does not cause ovarian cancer.

It is important to talk with your doctor about the vaccine. In this article, we review the benefits of this vaccine and how you can protect yourself from cancer caused by the human immunodeficiency virus, as well as those not caused by the human immunodeficiency virus.

The HPV vaccine does not cause any type of cancer

As with other types of vaccines, some myths have circulated about the HPV vaccine. While you may have concerns about getting you or your child vaccinated, the science does not show that the HPV vaccine causes any type of cancer — including ovarian cancer.

The vaccine is designed to help protect against the viruses that can cause cancer.

2020 research indicates that not only does HPV vaccination prevent the viruses that can lead to cancer, but getting your recommended vaccines is directly linked to cervical cancer prevention.

HPV infection is the most common cause of cervical cancer and may also cause:

It’s possible to carry HPV asymptomatically (without having symptoms). It can spread to others through sexual contact years after you first contract the infection.

HPV vaccine recommendation guidelines

Currently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that adolescents of all genders get two to three doses of the HPV vaccine around the ages of 11 or 12.

“If you didn’t get vaccinations as a child, you can still get them by age 26.”

The vaccine is recommended for young adults only, but it is also good for older adults. If you are in this age group, you should talk to a doctor about getting a vaccine.

The HPV vaccine does not offer protection against ovarian cancer. The vaccine only protects against the cancers caused by HPV infection, and ovarian cancer is not one of them.

Researchers hope that a vaccine that protects against ovarian cancer will be available in the future.

Some potential ovarian cancer vaccines are currently in development, with clinical trials still underway. Types of vaccines being considered include adjuvants, dendritic cells, or biovectors to target ovarian cancer tumor development and help prevent progression.

Ovarian cancer itself is thought to develop in the fallopian tubes and may be attributed to either genetic (inherited) or acquired (noninherited) cell mutations.

While there’s no single known measure to prevent ovarian cancer, you can talk with a doctor about ways to reduce your risk. You may have a lower risk of ovarian cancer if you have:

  • The baby was given birth.
  • Breastfed or chestfed.
  • For 5 years or longer, you can use birth control pills.
  • undergone certain procedures, such as a hysterectomy, tubal ligation, or ovary removal

When to contact a doctor

It’s also important that possible ovarian cancer is diagnosed and treated as soon as possible. Talk with a doctor if you’re experiencing the following symptoms, especially if they go on for 2 weeks or more:

  • unusual vaginal discharge or vaginal bleeding (especially if you’re postmenopausal)
  • There is pain in the Pelvis.
  • There is abdominal pain.
  • Back pain.
  • feeling full after eating
  • It was bloated.
  • It is a problem of the colon.
  • frequent urination

Is the HPV vaccine safe?

Yes, the HPV vaccine is considered safe. Although serious side effects such as allergic reactions are possible, these are considered rare. Overall, the benefits of the HPV vaccine outweigh any possible risks.

Does the HPV vaccine cause ovarian failure?

No. The HPV vaccine does not cause ovarian failure. This myth stems from studies that included women experiencing ovarian insufficiency, but it was not linked to HPV infection or vaccination.

Does the HPV vaccine cause autoimmune disorders?

No. Multiple studies on HPV vaccines have failed to find any link between vaccination and the development of autoimmune disorders.

Can the HPV vaccine treat HPV infections?

HPV vaccines cannot treat an active HPV infection. Like other vaccines, the goal of HPV vaccination is to prevent HPV infections and subsequent complications. This is the best preventive measure, as there’s no cure available for HPV infection.

Do I still need an HPV vaccine if I get regular Pap smears?

Yes. Getting an HPV vaccine is the best way to prevent associated infections, but it doesn’t protect against all of the 100-plus strains of the virus. This is why regular Pap smears are also recommended. A Pap smear is a screening procedure that looks for the presence of precancerous or cancerous cells on your cervix.

Vaccination is the best way to prevent HPV infection and possible related cancers. There are a number of myths surrounding this vaccine, and you should discuss these along with any other concerns you have with a primary care doctor or your child’s pediatrician if they have one.

While the HPV vaccine may help protect against cervical cancer, it does not prevent ovarian cancer. If you’re concerned about ovarian cancer, talk with a doctor about your individual risk factors and steps you can take to help prevent it.