Originally Posted by moosemommy
I did my GBS myself. I think it's great, cause you can skip over that whole butt thing.
*snort* that's hilarious. The "butt thing", for people on here who haven't had it done yet, is just that after the swab they touch it to the outside of the Specific Butt Area, lightly. No big deal. The somewhat harsh scraping inside the vagina was, though, for me uncomfortable. I think it's important that they know if it's in the Butt Area, too, since it just sort of goes everywhere once you have it anywhere.
I would have really liked the option of doing the swab myself- what a great idea. But, it was really no big deal otherwise. My husband was there and I think he was VERY curious about what was going on, but thank god he didnt' get up and come over and look. I told him that would have freaked me out. It's so WEIRD to have him there when getting any sort of vaginal exam, and I'm not usually a shy person by any means. It's just weird.
I did not get a cervical check, and the mw totally agreed with me that it was actually useless and had the potential for freaking me out and making me impatient with the last few weeks of the pregnancy. So that was cool!