Cervical cancer, prevention, screening and treatment


Where do I get the HPV vaccine from?

Your local doctor or sexual health clinic should be able to provide you with the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination, or alternatively refer you to somewhere that can.

Will the HPV vaccine affect future fertility and pregnancy?

There is no evidence to suggest that administration of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine adversely effects fertility, pregnancy or infant outcomes.

Can I still get the HPV vaccine if I am breast feeding?

The human papillomavirus (HPV) is safe for, and can be administered to, women who are breastfeeding.

What are some of the side effects of the HPV vaccine?

Aside from the soreness and bruising at the injection site, which you could experience with any injections, there are no side effects specific to the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination.

How is the HPV vaccine given?

The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination is given in the upper arm or thigh muscle and requires three injections. The first injection is given at the time of consultation. The second injection is given two months after the first. The third injection is given six months after the first. For the vaccine to be effective, all three doses must be completed within the time frame.

What is the HPV vaccine?

The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination offers you the best protection available from cervical, vulva and vaginal cancer, genital warts and certain strains of HPV (wart virus) infection.

Can I use tampons after a colposcopy?

No. You should not use tampons and or put anything in your vagina for two days following the colposcopy procedure, or until your doctor tells you it is safe. It is also advised to avoid having sex for two days following the colposcopy.