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Are swabs safe?

(11 Posts)
bippitybopityboo Thu 03-Dec-15 20:49:23

Hi all I'm due to be tested for BV tomorrow and I am worried that the swab can lead to miscarridge!! My gp mentioned something about it and now I'm petrified I'm 7 weeks

PotteringAlong Thu 03-Dec-15 20:50:22

The swab is going nowhere near the baby!

TheSecondViola Thu 03-Dec-15 20:50:44

Yes they are safe.

namechangedtoday15 Thu 03-Dec-15 21:01:44

Is BV classed as a UTI? I only ask because some UTI s are thought to sometimes lead to premature delivery (I think it may have been a factor for me). I am obviously not objective so please feel free to ignore me but I think they are safe and actually quite necessary if you're prone to infections.

seven201 Thu 03-Dec-15 21:03:51

I had a swab for thrush. I think she referred to it as a low swab as she didn't poke in the stick far because of me being pregnant. Maybe your dr will do the same.

bippitybopityboo Thu 03-Dec-15 21:30:51

No I have been checked for uti and I am clear. My doctor can't do the swabs and said someone specialised must do them as she may irritate the cervix and cause miscarridge which has got me worrying now

FadedRed Thu 03-Dec-15 21:39:41

Having a swab taken will not cause a miscarriage. Having an untreated infection is not good for you or your pregnancy.
If you think about it logically, then consider what has to be done to induce a mc to medically or surgically terminate a pregnancy.
Please get your test done to protect yourself and your pregnancy.

MrsGlam Thu 03-Dec-15 21:43:14

I am 19+5 and been doing weekly swabs since 7 weeks..They do not cause miscarriages as far as I am aware but an unknown infection can.. My consultant believes my 2 late miscarriages are due to an infection so please please get your swabs done.

MrsGlam Thu 03-Dec-15 21:44:19

Forgot to say I am doing my own every week at home.

Hellochicken Thu 03-Dec-15 21:48:19

Yes they are safe and swabs cannot caused miscarriage.
It's using cotton wool to take a sample of what is there - so it can be sent for testing.

bippitybopityboo Fri 04-Dec-15 21:34:11

So finally found a clinic that will swab me (my GP refused due to me being pregnant) and got the results I have BV. annoying and worrying but still glad I know and have antibiotics to help!! Glad to be sorted thanks ladies

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