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Of course, all the research and numbers have yet to really spill out and give us a clear picture of what's going on here. Cervical Cancer can take a long time to develop, and Merk's longest study is only 3 years long. But the real reason that the vaccine is so ineffective at preventing HPV is that there are many strains, and the vaccine only stops a few of them.

Several states are considering mandating this vaccine for all girls aged 11-26. If you live in one of these states, or if you have daughters, grand daughters or god daughters that you care about, you might want to say something to your state legislature about it.

Here's a little science for ya:
http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/full/356/19/1991

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marijkab
May. 27th, 2007 04:18 am (UTC)
sorry, I must have pushed a button there. What I was trying to say was how your menses can be stopped all together and permanently by the newest birth control pill. Am I the only one who is alarmed and disturbed by this?
gavin6942
May. 27th, 2007 08:45 am (UTC)
This is hardly new. Many women have had no menses in years.
(Anonymous)
May. 27th, 2007 09:07 pm (UTC)
Looks like whoever you offended deleted their comment. Hope it wasn't too bad.

The cessation of menstruation is an idea that brings me mixed emotions. The "normal" state for a fertile female of our species is pregnant or breast feeding. We are made to have lots of babies, one at a time. It is completely contrary to our biological makeup to use any form of birth control. So given that I've been having periods my whole life, instead of babies, you've got to wonder what the effects are of that on the woman's body. Perhaps it is a stress, as some people say, to keep menstruating. We are expending a whole lot of energy toward a pregnancy that never happens. If I had had babies, I am certain my body would be different from how it is now. If I took the new synthetic hormone that stops your periods, I wonder how different I would be?
liveonearth
May. 27th, 2007 09:08 pm (UTC)
Ooops. That was me.

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