Membrane Sweep Causing Infection

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maxsmom - April 25

I recently read that if you are positive for groub b strep that you are at high risk for infection from having your membranes swept. Has anyone heard of this? Also, anyone positive for gbs and had their membranes swept? Just curious.... I am positive for GBS and don't plan on having my membranes swept but this kind of alarmed me. I have heard some doctors do a membrane sweeping without telling/asking you before hand. Guess I will be sure to tell my doctor I don't want it.

 

Alycia - April 26

If you don't want it done, it would definitely be wise to mention this to your doctor before any internals - a friend of mine had hers swept without her permission. Unfortunately, all internals increase your risk of infection, especially if you are GBS positive. You may want to consider whether you want any - I would ask your doctor before each one why (s)he wants to do it and then make a decision.

 

maxsmom - April 26

Alycia- I don't know why I never put two and two together. I have been getting internals every single week for at least the last 4. How risky is this????

 

Alycia - April 26

I don't know the numbers, but the risk is probably low. The question is, are the internals worth it? If there's some real need for the information, then they are. If it's just to see how effaced/dilated you are out of curiosity (the doctor's or the patient's), what's the point? It won't tell you when you'll be going into labor or how fast it will go. One thing to keep in mind is that your infection risk does substantially increase after your water breaks, especially since you're GBS positive. If possible, it would be best to refuse artificial rupture of the membranes (the longer they are intact, the lower the risk for your baby and you... antibiotics aren't 100% effective on GBS), internal fetal monitoring (the wires are like runways for the bacteria and it requires membrane rupture), and internal exams after your membranes rupture. I wish you the best of luck, and try not to worry too much. Chances are good that everything will be fine.

 

maxsmom - April 26

thanks for your knowledge and encouragement. I go to the doctor today and will address these concerns with her. You seem to know a lot about gbs.

 

Alycia - April 26

I looked into the GBS issue very thoroughly because I really thought I'd be positive. I've done research in several microbiology labs, and I always seem to harbor weird bacteria. It turns out I'm GBS negative, however. I got lucky, I guess!

 

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