Hi All! Because TPF can become the leading authority on footpads I'm optimistic about our chances of collecting some actual data here. If you search "gardasil" and "side effects" you get pages and pages of junk. Lots of reposts of the standard drug company side effect listings and lots and lots of unsubstantiated anti-vaccine ranting. http://www.gardasil.com/ ^ The official Gardasil website from Merck. http://www.fda.gov/cber/products/gardasil.htm ^ The FDA Gardasil approval page. So. First. What does seem to be true (from my limited research). http://au.todaytonight.yahoo.com/article/43654/health/gardasil-effects-controversy Some very, very nasty side effects emerged in Australia but only for a few women. Two point two million is a large sample size so I'm inclined to look at this as an accurate reflection of the range of possible reactions. I'm worried that the women were ignored; I can easily see the same thing happening here in the US. http://www.cnsnews.com/ViewCulture.asp?Page=/Culture/archive/200712/CUL20071206a.html The vaccine may cause miscarriage. I would love a better link for this claim. I've tried to decipher some of the clinical stuff available on the FDA's website but I can't come up with the 28 figure. You'll find that figure, "28 miscarriages," cited all over the place. I'm inclined to say, if you're pregnant or trying to get pregnant it's probably best to stay away. Even if it's unrelated to the vaccine, waiting a bit can't hurt in this case. So now me. Name: Anne Age: 25 Status: Two shots down, one to go Insurance: I'm still trying to decipher my bill but it looks like the cost of the shot was covered under my PPO's $500 annual "wellness benefit". This is what I was told when I finally got a human on the phone with my insurance company back in December. As far as I can tell it is only covered up to 26 (currently what the FDA has as the approved upper age limit). Side effects: Soreness at the injection site That's my favorite. But seriously, I was sore for a bit longer than with a Tetanus booster but it wasn't as bad. No rash or any redness with either shot. First shot - I felt "off" the day I got the shot. A little woozy but nothing incapacitating. The next day I was fine until about 5 p.m. when I got horribly, horribly dizzy. Didn't get out of bed for about 24 hours until the room stopped spinning. Then I was fine; no lingering effects. Second shot - no dizziness although I did feel a bit fuzzy for the rest of the day after I got the shot (but it's hard to tell if that's due to the shot or the 7:30 a.m. appointment). Overall reaction: It's a freaking cancer vaccine. Sign me up. Even if it's only a little effective I'll still go for it. But, that said, I'll still get regular pap smears. --- Name: Anne's sister Age: 21 Status: All three shots done Insurance: Fully covered under parent's HMO Side effects: Nothing on the first two shots except, of course, soreness at the injection site. The nurse administering the second shot made her stay at the clinic for half an hour because they had been "having more reactions than usual to this batch" and she wanted to make sure sis wasn't going to faint. Nurse explained that she had been told it was the stabilizer that women were reacting to and not the vaccine itself. Third shot - dizzy immediately following the shot but not very badly and dizziness went away within 24 hours. So now it's your turn Please only post your experiences or those of women in your immediate circle. No "omg my friend's cousin's hairdresser said she knows someone who got the third shot and died." Please. And if you're under 13, please get a parent to post for you.