Patient Comments: Group B Strep - Describe Your Experience

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Comment from: strepbmom, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 26

I was diagnosed with group B strep at about 12 weeks pregnant. The OB/GYN started me on amoxicillin, which I took for my entire pregnancy. I was retested at 36 weeks and showed no signs of the group B strep. My water broke at 3 a.m. and when labor was going slowly, I was given IV antibiotics during delivery. My very healthy son, now 11 years old, was born without any signs of the group B strep. They watched him for two days, and we were sent home with no complications. This treatment obviously worked very well for me and my son and didn't seem to have any severe side effects.

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Comment from: Dee, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 26

My son was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis at 11 days old in February 2001. I was told that I could not have done anything to contribute to this. He was hospitalized for three weeks and treated with three antibiotics. They said he would probably be mentally retarded, but he is a healthy 8-year-old. Now I'm four months pregnant, and I'm so worried this might happen again. I decided to use some of the testing they have now, and I'm starting to realize that I could have possibly passed this group B strep to my son. I plan to get tested and follow through with additional tests as needed now that I have been fully informed. I beg any other pregnant women to get tested as well because my son was fatally ill.

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Comment from: Hope, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 26

I have had fissures in my vaginal area off and on for about eight years. One doctor told me some women are just prone to that. Another thought I had herpes. I have been tested several times for STDs with negative results. I just went to the doctor again, and he scraped the cuts and grew a culture. I have group B strep. I have never been pregnant. He prescribed amoxicillin. I hope it gets rid of it for good.

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Comment from: Group B Strep, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 16

I have just been diagnosed as having group B strep after a PAP smear test. I kept on having re-occurring thrush for many years, and I still get it. I have been treated with antibiotics. I have not gone back to the doctors to see if it has cleared.

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Comment from: AN Cruz, 0-2 Female (Caregiver) Published: June 16

When I was pregnant, I was always looking up what kind of tests they would be doing during pregnancy. One stood out: group B strep. Since I was always being tested for something, I thought they tested me for it. I was shocked to find out that my almost 2-month-old had it after I took her to the hospital for a 101 degree fever and moaned as if she was in pain. It surprised me because she was fine the day before. She was admitted to the hospital, was poked and probed until they found out what was wrong. She was put on antibiotics for 10 days.

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Comment from: she-ra, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 16

This is my second pregnancy with group B strep, and knock on wood, I haven't had any complications. My daughter is three years old now and in perfect health. I'm being induced next Friday for my son. I simply go in a few hours early and get an IV antibiotic. It's simple; it's not that bad. Also, my pediatrician still released us after 24 hours as opposed to 48!

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Comment from: 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 13

I have had several yeast infections and cases of bacterial vaginosis over the past three years. Recently, I started taking Prozac, and then I had what I thought was another case of bacterial vaginosis one week before my period, which had been happening every month for three months. I went in and had a pap smear, and they said it was Group B strep.

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Comment from: Mollyolly, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 08

I have had group strep B twice now. The first time, it just felt like a normal UTI. The second time, it felt like a UTI with a yeast infection. The antibiotics clear it up fine, but I seem to have trouble with this and UTIs.

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