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laujam31:Ok FTM here. What is a GBS test? And why might one decline an internal?
It's a quick swab test they do (mine was vaginal and anal- it's not as bad as it sounds) to see if your are Group B Strep positive or not. If you are, it just requires some antibiotics once you're in the hospital for L&D. As for declining internals, there is a risk of infection and many people feel they aren't necessary because even if you find out you're dilated, it doesn't necessarily mean anything. I have zero self-control and I'm way too curious to not get an internal here and there at the end of the pregnancy :)
laujam31:Ok Thanks so much! I've actually had the GBS test at L&d a few weeks ago. They told me it was as FHN (If i remember correctly). Yea I have no self control either I would probably do the internal as well.
FFN you mean? B/c that's different than GBS. FFN or fetal fibronectin is a test to see if a hormone or w/e has been released that can possibly mean that you're at risk for preterm labor in the next week. GBS is group B strep and unless you are at high-risk for preterm (like you've had it before or having multiples or been having contractions) they typically don't do it til about 36 weeks.
I had 1 internal last week when they did the GBS test b/c she was "down there". I'm declining the rest b/c it really doesn't mean anything at all. I was told 3-4cm and 50% effaced, that was Tuesday. DD is still cooking.
Because they are very uncomfortable and don't tell you anything. They can also make you sort of depressed (like, if you are never dilated or you are at 1 for 4 straight weeks or whatever).
Your GBS test is done after 35 weeks, whatever test you had earlier was not that, and if it was, they will repeat as your status can change and it is important to know what your status is close to delivery.
I have declined internals though I think my doc will do one at 39....not sure if I will decline that one too right now. I am 36 weeks so have some time to decide. They are not medically necessary, can be painful, and don't really tell you anything...plus there is always the risk of infection. I don't really see the point, especially since they don't tell you anything.
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laujam31:Ok nbsp;Thanks so much! nbsp;I've actually had the GBS test at Lamp;d a few weeks ago. nbsp;They told me it was as FHN If i remember correctly. nbsp;Yea I have no self control either I would probably do the internal as well. nbsp;
It just depends on the person if the exams hurt or not. I'm not doing them this time because they really, really, really hurt for me. I about come off that table and want to kick the OB in the face. Seriously, hurt as bad as actual labor. It doesn't matter what OB or nurse is doing them either. But, DH isn't getting any during pregnancy either due to how much sex hurts, so maybe I just have a sensitive vagina during pregnancy. :)
As pp said, they can also introduce bacteria up inside you that wouldn't have otherwise been there and can cause infection. Some OBs aren't even doing internal exams anymore.
MollusksWrangler: PeanutR1:I had my first internal this week, and I certainly would not say it hurt!! nbsp;I mean, it's fingers going "up there", yes, but either you all have really rough drs or I'm not sure how you got pregnant in the first place, b/c, to put it frankly, larger things have been in that space.nbsp;
Sex while not pregnant and an internal while pregnant are not the same. It's great it's not uncomfortable or painful for you but some people have sensitivity of their cervix at this point, SPD, pelvic discomfort etc. If they have pain it doesn't mean their Dr is rough.
PeanutR1:I had my first internal this week, and I certainly would not say it hurt!! nbsp;I mean, it's fingers going "up there", yes, but either you all have really rough drs or I'm not sure how you got pregnant in the first place, b/c, to put it frankly, larger things have been in that space.nbsp;
Yeah. My MW was very gentle. Also an internal cervix check is considerably different than "just fingers" up there. Especially if you are in active labor (which I was). I was in pain all over.
Its really narrow minded, ignorant and judgmental to assume that somehow it shouldn't hurt. Almost everyone I've talked to said it was painful. You are just special I guess.
MrsWindyCity: laujam31:Ok FTM here. What is a GBS test? And why might one decline an internal?Because they are very uncomfortable and don't tell you anything. They can also make you sort of depressed (like, if you are never dilated or you are at 1 for 4 straight weeks or whatever).
Yea, this. They definitely make me depressed. I've been having all kinds of pressure, cramping and regular contractions but my cervix is not doing anything. I would rather not know at all, and be fooled into thinking that I am making some progression down there, for all the discomfort I'm experiencing.
group b strep test. and internals really don't tell you anything i mean they do but its not a reliable predictor as to when you will go into labor or anything.