Originally Posted by LilyL21
If you vaccinate women over age 26, the vaccine prevents just about zero cancers so there's not a big point in getting it. That being said, many doctors will give you the vaccine no matter how old you are. ... if you want the protection againt the strains that cause genital warts, you want Gardasil.
BOTH vaccines protect agains the 2 strains that cause 75% of cervical cancers provided the person hasn't already been exposed to either of those two strains already.
The age limit was set because once the person is over 26, the chance of them already having been exposed increases, but it is NOT a certainty so the vaccine could very well be perfectly effective. It is purely a cost/benefit decision that the medical community and insurers made to reach the most people with the best chance of it working.
Saying there is 'no point' is factually incorrect because if a woman has never been exposed she will most certainly benefit from the vaccine, and saying that Gardasil does not protect against the 2 cancer causing strains is also incorrect, it definitely does.
If you want to get the vaccine, call around. There are clinics/doctors who will still give it to you. Just because you are over the age recommended doesn't mean you automatically won't benefit. If you've never had an abnormal pap or warts, I'd strongly recommend you get the Gardasil one.