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Q&A: What is the group B strep test?

What happens during a group B strep test, and what is it for?

Re: What happens during a group B strep test, and what is it for?

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About 10-30 percent of pregnant women are carrying a bacterium called group B streptococcus (GBS). (Most have never had symptoms from it and don’t know it’s in there.) If do have the GBS bacteria floating around in your body (usually in your reproductive or digestive tracts) and aren’t aware, it can be passed on to your child during delivery, possibly leading to serious illness in baby’s first weeks of life.

Don’t get too freaked out -- most babies won’t contract any problems from the bacteria, but some do wind up with very serious disorders or disabilities. If the bacteria is found on those swabs, you’ll be treated with antibiotics to help keep baby in the clear. Every woman should get tested between weeks 35 and 37 of pregnancy, so ask your doc about the test if she hasn’t mentioned it. Newborns aren’t exposed to GBS during c-sections, meaning no antibiotics are needed for planned cesareans -- but, you should still get tested in case you go into preterm labor.

As for the testing, here’s how it goes: Your doc will swab your vagina and rectum to get samples, which will then be sent over to lab to be grown in a special substance to check for the presence of GBS. You’ll probably get your results within two days. It’s as easy as that. Not fun, per se, but simple -- and essential to protect baby.

American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists. Your pregnancy and birth. 4th ed. Washington, DC: ACOG; 2005.

Erin Walters

re: Q: Group B strep test?

WHAT?? rectum?! how come i'm just now hearing of this?!?!

stbmrscraig |

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uh newsflash! i had a c-section and my baby was exposed to it and extremely sick after she was born! do not believe what you hear! i even tested negative for it.

eulbergs |

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my midwife just had me do this myself in the bathroom at the ob/midwife office. just a quick swab, very easy :)

nonlinea |

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Whoa!! Rectum?! Yeah they sure snuck that in there!

teslauren |

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they did not test my rectum, only my vagina.

gabester |

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how do you get GBS?

squirrel |

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Good question SQUIRREL... can anyone tell us how you contract GBS. Maybe not contract, because I read somewhere that HEALTHY women can carry this. But Where does it come from??Yes, I don't like the messing with the "EXIT ONLY" area.:O(

kima76 |

Q&A: What is the group B strep test?

They dont enter the "exit" zone. Its just a swab on the outside of the rectum. It was quick and painless.

Mama'Shandra |

Q&A: What is the group B strep test?

GBS is a naturally occuring bacteria. I actually didnt even need to get swabbed, my urine tested positive and its true that your baby can still contract with a C-Section. If you do test positive you get IV antibiotics when you go into labor and your baby will be fine. :)

Apple Bride and Groom |

Q&A: What is the group B strep test?

I was positive with my first and had a c-section because he was breech. He was still infected and had to stay in the hospital longer for treatment. I will ask for it this time around even though we are planning on another c-section, and even if I don't test positive again.

mallarym |

Q&A: What is the group B strep test?

Any lady can have this bacteria and it is for the most part safe for you and no problem. For a baby passing through though it is not safe and baby can get sick. They swab both the vagina and anus because sometimes women tear during delivery and hello they are close enough together than it could spread from one to the other. You SHOULD be swabbed in both areas. It is not invasive either, quick swab of you bottom area and that's it. If you test positive it's not a death sentence, it just means you'll get 2 doses of antibiotics (hopefully) before baby coems out.

AshesBabies2 |

Q&A: What is the group B strep test?

I didn't even have to get swabbed....they detected it in my urine at my initial prenatal visit...

cdrobertso |

Q&A: What is the group B strep test?

is it possible to test positive for it, get the antibiotics during delivery and your baby still contract it?

thibodeauxang |

Q&A: What is the group B strep test?

whoa! hold on a sec...the doctor is going to do what to my rectum???? ...wow..now im REALLY dreading my upcoming appointment!

cr3dsgirl1992 |

Q&A: What is the group B strep test?

Baby can still contract GBS even if you take the IV or antibiotics. Also from what I have read it can change quickly as to if you have it or not, so when you get tested you may not have it but when baby is born you might. I will be opting for no IV even if I test positive due to the risk factors with the IV, either way something bad can happen so I will just trust God and let nature take its course.

kcopeland19 |

Q&A: What is the group B strep test?

kcopeland19 if you test positive for group B strep, you need to get the IV antibiotics... what possible "risk factors" are you worried about??? a small needle in your hand is NOTHING compared to what your baby could suffer if he/she contracts group B strep... and for all of you freaking out about a q-tip touching your anus, seriously... we've all had speculums and practically our OBGYN's entire hand in our vaginas, and you're worried about a q-tip touching your anus... this blows my mind... ya'll are going to get a severely rude awakening when you are giving birth if that freaks you out... it's just a swab...

kelkelsugar |

Q&A: What is the group B strep test?

for those of you saying that they don't "enter the exit" you're wrong. my friend just had this done and she said her OB tried to distract her and just rammed it in! maybe some OBs don't test this way, but hers sure did! she was also in the dark about what was coming, so it was a real shock! i'm not looking forward to it when its my turn to get it in a few months. funny how they just forget to tell you certain joys like this.

robintora |

Q&A: What is the group B strep test?

Just and FYI you can get a false negative. I had a false negative but still had a course of antibiotics because of a heart condition. I ended up having a c-section because my daughter was breech. GBS can turn into meningitis. 2 weeks after my daughter was born we rushed her to the ER because of a fever. She tested positive for GBS/meningitis and was in the NICU for 3 weeks. I'm on my second pregnancy now. My dr said that was a freak thing and should have never happened but I'm still very nervous...

cherryringpop |

Q&A: What is the group B strep test?

I had one done with my firs tpregnancy and they didn't stick anything in my pooper, just the vaginal swab, which was nothing.

blackdragon69sm |

Q&A: What is the group B strep test?

Omg! Dont be so dramatic! Some of these posts act like they are being molested or something. Geez! I just had my appointment and yes they used a long qtip and swabbed my vagina and butthole. They dont use a spec, they dont enter your butt. They only uncomfortable thing about it is the qtip feels dry. After, she checked my cervix. The only uncomfortable thing about that is a little pressure. There is no pain, contractions or cramping. There shouldnt be any blood either unless your cervix is soft.. I have the best team and they communicate everything. If you ladies are so uncomfortable then you need to find a different doctor!

MrsMommyofDom |

Q&A: What is the group B strep test?

Of all the things that could happen, I don't think a little swab is as bad as your baby getting sick or tearing..if you tear they are going to stich you up..and sometimes it is deep enought to be in your rectum..I'll take the qtip any day over that

LaurenandMike13 |

Q&A: What is the group B strep test?

I got my test yesterday and they didn't stick the swab in my rectum. Hope this makes some moms-to-be feel better about the test.

sarahs10 |

Q&A: What is the group B strep test?

i got my test done today, it's no big deal, just a quick swab, she didn't even do the rectum. I'm over here giggling though because of everyone freaking out over the doc doing something to the rectum. My first child, the doctor had to check the thickness of my wall and that required something a little more invasive and surprising! After that, I don't worry about those surprises anymore!

trashall23@aol.com |

Q&A: What is the group B strep test?

With my first, the doc was super rough with this test and definitely went in the "exit hole"... not painful, but uncomfortable! This time, my new doctor was very gently and just swabbed the outside of everything. Interesting note, I was positive the first time and had been told that I'd always have to have the antibiotics because of that, but my new OB said that is incorrect, that it's different with every pregnancy.

chemqueen602 |

Q&A: What is the group B strep test?

Here are the CDC recommendations for GBS testing: your doctor should swab both your vaginal and anal areas to get a complete sample. Also if your first test comes back as negative (and the lab didn't confirm using a more intensive process to confirm results) there is as much as a 1 in 20 chance that you are positive. Make sure you're doctor gets samples from both rather unpleasant places and that if you're negative from the first test, the lab confirmed it using a culture method or with molecular testing. Doing so ensures that the results you receive are accurate, reducing the likelihood that you could pass GBS onto your baby if you're truly positive. http://www.cdc.gov/groupbstrep/guidelines/new-differences.html

ari4320 |

Q&A: What is the group B strep test?

I just had my Strep B test this past Thursday at my appointment. All they did was a quick swab to the vagina . There wasn't any swabbing of the rectum.

missyjowest |

Q&A: What is the group B strep test?

I didn't have my rectum swabbed either. Just vagina.

jTank01 |

Q&A: What is the group B strep test?

The test is just a quick swab of your vagina and rectum, they only swab the outside it is not invasive at all! It was done within 10 seconds.

jrobbins06 |

Q&A: What is the group B strep test?

I had this test done yesterday. It was fast and i didn't even feel it. No reason to worry.

jessicalh85 |

Q&A: What is the group B strep test?

Relax everyone.......they don't jam the Q-tip in your rectum (trying to put it nicely). I tested positive with my first child and they put me on IV antibiotics as soon as I got into the Labour and Delivery room and everything was fine after that. My second child the test was negative, no GBS. I am expecting my third child in August and need to have the test done next week......guess we will see

CairnsClan |