I just asked this in another post... but asking the general public for insight here as well... basically... I thought my water broke this morning (slight trickle after a "pop" sensation). We went to the hosp, and nurse did a litmus paper test (rubbed this around vaginal area). The paper turned dark blue immediately, and she stated that the water had broken, and the doctor would check me, then likely induce me, since contractions hadn't started and it had been more than two hours since the rupture. We were sooo thrilled!! Then the doctor did the internal -- there is NO dilation, no effacement. The cervix is long, hard, closed and posterior. He sent me for ultrasound to check fluid levels. Fluid levels are ample. Baby is active, and his heart rate is fine. Doctor did a second test, a cue tip swab of the vaginal region. I believe he was to make a slide of this test, and check it under a microscope for a ferning pattern... but he didn't check with a microscope. He just stated that this test was negative for amniotic fluid immediately after the swab. He stated he thought I may have a small tear at the top of the bag of waters, but I was fine. He didn't want to induce because I am not effaced or dilated, even contracting at all and it would likely lead to nowhere but a c-section. Doc stated the paper test turned color because of vaginal secretions, or blood (though I had no bleeding till the internal was done). The nurse still said even after this on our way out that the paper turned dark blue, and IS positive for amniotic leak. Research since then has shown that this paper ONLY turns dark blue for amniotic fluid. Bleeding, urine, vaginal secretions... they turn green, yellow and orange or something. Only amniotic fluid turns blue. So now I"m home. I am frustrated. I am anxious. I can't believe whats happening. I am due for membrane sweep on thursday with regular doc unless something happens. Is this effective even without dilation or effacement? I hear it hurts like hell - want to avoid if possible, but this seems inevitable. This sucks. Please someone offer me some help here!!?? Thanks.