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GBS + turned - with Hibiclens :-)

Hi all,

Just want to share my experience for those of you who are GBS+.

At 36 weeks I tested positive for GBS.  I was really upset b/c we plan to have our baby at home and I have read about the dangers for the baby of being GBS+.  Although my midwives have the antibiotics available, I was hoping to not have to be hooked up to an IV during the birth (it takes 30-45 min to administer the antibiotics, and it must be administered every 4 hours... not to mention the strong dose of antibiotics can increase the risk of thrush/yeast infections... plus they run through your whole body instead of being localized to the very small infected area).

While discussing treatment options, my midwives told me that I could try using Hibiclens as a vaginal/anal wash and we would retest and see if it changes my results. Well, we retested, and yesterday I got a negative result!  I still have to rinse with it twice a day up to the birth, and every 4-6 hours during labor, and we will have the antibiotics on hand if I decide to use them. 

You can find Hibiclens at your local pharmacy.  I use a ratio of 2 teaspoons to 10 fl oz of filtered water - put it in a peri-bottle, and rinse with it two-three times a day. It's not a "douche" and doesn't need to go deep inside - mostly the outside and a little inside.  It's really easy and not the "big deal" I thought it would be.

Of course, if you are interested in trying this option, you should talk to your midwives/doctor about this before using it.

Big Smile  Good luck!

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Re: GBS + turned - with Hibiclens :-)

  • Thanks for sharing.  I have been using chlorhexadrine for the past two weeks daily.  My MW said it has also been proven in preventing a GBS infection by killing the bacteria in the vagina.  You also have to use it daily until the birth and use it during the birth, but I much prefer it to the antibiotics because I am allergic to many kinds of antibiotics and I don't really want to take the risk. 
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  • Wow it will also kill all the good bacteria as well! I'm shocked that your midwife suggested this. Your more likely to end up with a raging yeast infection from the wash before you would from 3 doses of IV antibiotics.





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  • image JennPierog:
    Wow it will also kill all the good bacteria as well! I'm shocked that your midwife suggested this. Your more likely to end up with a raging yeast infection from the wash before you would from 3 doses of IV antibiotics.

    I haven't had any problems yet, though i do take a good probiotic daily... Also, it's very diluted.... but thanks for the heads up - if I feel one coming on I'll take action right away!

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