By Attorney Mark Krueger
Claims that the Gardasil HPV vaccine can cause premature ovarian failure have been a hot topic of late in the news. We are representing two young sisters in their vaccine injury compensation claim in which we are claiming just that: the Gardasil HPV caused their premature ovarian failure.
If you or your daughter has received the Gardasil HPV the first thing you should do is to see if there has been any damage. Premature ovarian failure occurs when the ovaries stop working. Generally, any woman who has ovarian failure before the age of 40 is considered “premature.” The younger you are the more rare the diagnosis. A woman with premature ovarian failure is very likely to have extremely irregular or no periods at all, infertility problems and menopause-like symptoms.
To determine if your ovaries have been damaged you should immediately see your doctor who will perform a physical examination.
Ovarian failure is diagnosed by having your blood level of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) checked. FSH signals your body to release an egg every month. If the amount of FSH in your blood is higher than normal on more than one day you may have premature ovarian failure. Also, there is another blood test that may be done to measure the amount of estrogen in your blood. Very low estrogen with a high FSH may be a sign of premature ovarian failure.
Many times, the exact cause of premature ovarian failure is unknown. A growing school of thought is that a problem with the body’s immune system may play a role in some women.
At this time, I am unaware of there being any specific tests that a person can take that would determine with 100% certainty that the premature ovarian failure was caused by the Gardasil HPV. Tests are ongoing and additional information may become known in the future. However, the first and most important question is to determine if there has been any damage done. Whether the Gardasil HPV was a cause is a process of which takes time.
We represent a number of young women who have had premature ovarian failure with no possible explanation as to the cause other than the Gardasil HPV. The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program is not about determining if a drug is good or bad. Rather, the Program is designed to compensate people who are damaged by adverse reactions from vaccines including Gardasil HPV. There have been many different types of adverse reactions linked to the Gardasil HPV of which the newest may be premature ovarian failure.
If you or a loved one have received a vaccination of any kind and suffered an adverse reaction including the Gardasil HPV and premature ovarian failure or any other illness please contact me for a no cost, no obligation consultation. Be aware that there are certain time limits that must be followed. I represent people from around the country and there is never any charge for fees or costs associated with the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. There is absolutely no financial risk to you in seeking damages through the Program.