Originally Posted by Mum2
Hi there can anyone help.
I gave birth 7 months ago with having group strep B, doctors didn't do anything as they said it wasn't a problem for me only my bubba. However in the past 2 months I have been diagnosed (from swabs) with enteroccus (cleared up after 1 week antibiotics), 2 weeks later more cramps, swab came back with high colonization of group strep b, after 2 weeks on more antibiotics it cleared up. BUT only 1 week of being off the antibiotics ANOTHER swab (it's been fun!) has come back with e coli.......!!!!!!
Soooooooooo my questions are:
why would e coli come up from a swab, i thoiught it was a gut thing?
why am i continuaaly having these infections, i live in a very humid country and am thinking that combined with the amount of antibiotics my body is more susceptable.
finally other than yoghurt can i be doing something else - i hate taking antibiotics and have now been on 4 courses in the past 2 months.
any info would b gratefully appreciated, it will b good to feel unbloated andwithout cramps.
Whoa...this kind of sounds shady. I'll tell you why.
20-30% of women's vaginas are colonized with Group B Strep, and it is *totally* normal. The only time it ever poses a problem--albeit theoretical--is during childbirth because it can pass to the baby and result in pneumonia or meningitis. Otherwise, there is nothing wrong with having a vagina colonized by GBS. Antibiotics, of course, will clear it up, but if you are normally colonized with it, it'll come right back; however, when giving antibiotics when you don't need it, you can actually cause other organisms to grow (when certain ones die) and it can make things worse.
Secondly, you're asking why your vagina was colonized with E. coli. You're right, it is a gut thing, so why was it in your vagina? Well, if you look at most urinary tract infections in women, they are caused by E. coli. It's easy to say where it comes from....the anus is the vagina's next door neighbour
Also, sexual activity can (and does) cause some transfer to the vagina. No, I'm not suggesting you're engaging in anal sex...regular vaginal intercourse can do this all the same.
Which antibiotics have you been one? Are cramps your only symptom? Because cramps after giving birth are normal, and they can last for up to four weeks. Are you having any urinary symptoms? Burning when you pee? Peeing way more often? Having trouble peeing?
Just out of curiosity, who is treating you? The obstetrician?