Originally Posted by FoxintheSnow
You just don't want to try to "cheat" or "fool" the test. GBS can be very serious. There have been documented cases of women who were advised to use garlic and hibiclens to pass the GBS test, but they really still had GBS and they lost their babies.
While I think the above is a good point, I think women are talking about this because the "solution" in hospitals is to tether you to an IV, which limits your mobility and starts you and your baby out with an imbalance from lack of good bacteria. So, while GBS *is* serious, it's also worth discussing alternatives.
My homebirth midwife is similarly not a fan of "fooling" the test by doing hibiclens before the test. She did recommend probiotics, and I'm looking at other oral supplements/boosters to help the good bacteria. If I test positive, I can choose antibiotics at home, or hibiclens every number of hours during labor (which I understand is standard protocol in many parts of Europe, where they have the same or better outcomes). I will choose the hibiclens if I am positive, and I will advocate for that continuing even if I have to transfer to the hospital. FYI, about 10 years ago, there was sometimes an antibiotic shot in the butt that was an option if GBS+. Though that still means that you and the baby are exposed to antibiotics, at least you didn't have an IV the whole labor. I'm not sure why that isn't an option anymore, but could be worth some research.
Just to put it a different way, I think it's very valid to consider these alternatives, because the outcome of testing positive has serious ramifications (both for how you're treated in labor, and how labor/after labor time is affected, and for the small but serious possibility of your baby getting infected).