The Wisconsin State Journal is reporting that Madelyne Meylor, 20, and her sister Olivia, 19, experienced premature ovarian failure after receiving the human papillomavirus vaccine known as Gardasil. They were also thrown into premature menopause which caused insomnia, night sweats and headaches. Doctors have told the girls they probably will never be able to get pregnant.
“I’ve always wanted a huge family, but I don’t know if that will be possible,” Madelyne told the Journal.
Now a junior at the University of Wisconsin- Madison, Madelyne said she had her first menstrual period at the age of 13 and had the first of the required three doses of the vaccine a few months later. Her periods, which were irregular, became even more so after the second dose and stopped completely after the third. At the age of 16, she was diagnosed with premature ovarian failure.
Her sister Olivia, who is now a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, received three doses of the vaccine before having her first period at the age of 15. She had just one more period after the last dose and was also diagnosed with premature ovarian failure at the age of 16.
Doctors tested the sisters for possible genetic causes for their condition but all of the tests came back negative.
Olivia has been told that she has no chance of getting pregnant and Madelyne has less than a five percent chance.
“People should look into the vaccine more and see if the benefits outweigh the risks,” Olivia told the Journal.
Meanwhile Merck, the manufacturer of Gardasil, is refuting the charge.
“Merck has reviewed the post-licensure reports of POI (premature ovarian insufficiency) after administration of Gardasil and has concluded that the evidence does not support a causal relationship to the vaccine,” the company said in a statement. “The cases have been reported to the U.S. FDA and other regulatory agencies. There have been no reports of POI in the clinical trials with Garsadil.”
However, Dr. Yehuda Shoenfeld, who plans to testify on behalf of the Meylors, says he believes their condition is an autoimmune disease which was caused by substances in the HPV vaccine, called adjuvants which are designed to boost the body’s immune response. The condition, known as Autoimmune Syndrome Induced by Adjuvants (ASIA), which Dr. Shoenfeld introduced to the scientific community in 2010, is not yet accepted by the medical community at large.
The girls' attorney, Mark Krueger, told the Journal that this is the first allegation of its kind to reach a hearing through the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.
“There may be many young women who have been affected in this way who don’t know it,” Krueger said.
Joen Meylor, the women's mother, didn't realize how harmful the vaccine was until her daughters' medical condition surfaced. Up to that point, she trusted her doctor that it was safe.
Whether the hearing results in a payment, “at least they’re going to have to look at us and make a decision,” she said.
To date, there have been thousands of adverse event reports concerning Gardasil from girls and young women who have suffered everything from fainting and dizziness to life threatening conditions and death after receiving the controversial vaccine.
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