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Old 11-30-2011, 11:22 AM   #1
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group b strep and not pregnant

hello there. i had my first baby 8 months ago and did not have group b strep. now, i am not pregnant and keep having some minor irritation when i urinate. i have gotten many urine and vaginal tests over the past 3 months and sometimes i have group b in my urine and sometimes i don't. my question is can i have this bacteria inside me without having a uti....or does it always cause a uti? also, do antibiotics always need to be taken to get rid of it? or can it just go away on it's own? (i'm breastfeeding and don't want to take antibiotics). another question...how did i get this? did i contract it from the hospital when i had my baby....will it always be in my body forever? i'm very confused....is this something i should worry about? if it is in my urine again (just had a culture done, but i think i have yeast instead) does it mean i need to treat it with antibiotics? anyone else go through something like this? all the information i try to read online is about group b during pregnancy and childbirth.

 
Old 12-01-2011, 04:42 PM   #2
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Re: group b strep and not pregnant

Group B Strep is said to be found in the vagina and rectum of 25% of all healthy adult women. Some do not even show signs or symptoms. And no, GBS is not a sexually transmitted disease, nor something that you can "catch" from others (as far as I know). I'm not too sure by your response that the GBS is what is causing your symptoms or if it could be something else, like a minor infection.

It helps if you stay hydrated and drink plenty of water everyday to keep your urine diluted and that helps keep the level of bacteria in your urine low. Avoid any sugary beverages or juices since those feed the bacteria. Make sure you don't hold in your urine and urinate as soon as you need to since that won't allow the bacteria to proliferate in your bladder.

All of the questions you asked above are great questions you should be asking your OB/GYN during your appointments. Jot down the questions you want to ask so you can remember. I'm pretty sure antibiotics need to be taken for GBS and since your breastfeeding, maybe you can ask what other alternatives there are for you.

You definitely want to get examined so you can figure out if your dealing with yeast, GBS or something else.

 
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