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Old Oct 9th, 2012, 20:00 PM   1
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GBS (strep B) test tomorrow -- why do they swab front AND back together??


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My midwives told me I have this exam tomorrow. I recall them saying they take a swab all the way from vagina past the anus and I didn't say anything, but now that I think about it, shouldn't these be two different swabs? Don't we want to know where exactly the bacteria is? I mean, why would we treat for GBS with antibiotics if it's only in intestinal track not vaginal tract?

I feel like this makes no sense. What do you ladies think? Should I be fighting them on this?



 
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Old Oct 9th, 2012, 20:06 PM   2
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Prob because you can rip up to your anus...... while giving birth That why they test that also...
It is a pretty important test...



 
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Old Oct 9th, 2012, 20:10 PM   3
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If that were the case, would that small moment of exposure cause baby to contract disease?

Understand it's an important test, not denying that, just not sure why it's important whether my digestive tract contains this, figured it's was definitely important to be sure vaginal does not, though.



 
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Old Oct 9th, 2012, 20:14 PM   4
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When I had mine last pregnancy it was two different swabs.

That being said you have to consider that most women will poo during delivery and possibly tear and even the small amount of exposure can be dangerous yes. So I think they figure of its anywhere down there it doesn't matter where it should all be treated the same and with caution.

Would hate for them to only worry about it if it was vaginally.



 
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Old Oct 9th, 2012, 21:51 PM   5
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sigh.. i have this test tomorrow too. just wanna get it over with already.



 
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Old Oct 9th, 2012, 22:08 PM   6
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i just had a q-tip type swab up around my hoo hah. no one swabbed my bum.



 
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Old Oct 9th, 2012, 22:26 PM   7
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i just had a q-tip type swab up around my hoo hah. no one swabbed my bum.
Good to know!!



 
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Old Oct 9th, 2012, 22:37 PM   8
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Mine was only vaginal as well.



 
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Old Oct 9th, 2012, 22:56 PM   9
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I have my Test in two days.
I think I'm more worried about the ob/gyn looking down there (gotta fix my lady garden somehow!)and swabbing my vagina than anything! Hahaha



 
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Old Oct 10th, 2012, 00:20 AM   10
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Well, if it's in your anus, there's always a chance of it traveling to your vagina between the time of the test and the birth. It's all in the same area so they want to know if it's down there at all. I just did the test last Sunday.



 
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