Originally Posted by snowgirl
I ended up caving and having it done when in L&D this week. It was negative. They said they might have me do another one. But, I think I will refuse it. Even if it was positive, I am quite certain, I am going to deliver fast and I don't think the antibiotics would take effect in time. Is that logical?
Here, the GBS test is considered good for 5 weeks, so they don't do the test until 36 or 37 weeks, so that they don't have to do it again. My midwife also seems to think that even if it's positive (I only tested yesterday, so we don't have results yet), that I can refuse antibiotic treatment unless I have another risk factor as well (like prolonged rupture of membranes, or fever during labour). She thinks this because testing for GBS has only become standard of care here in the last three years, before that they only ever treated based on risk factors.
So yes, I think what you're suggesting is logical, and if it turns out differently (ie if your water breaks but nothing happens for two days, or if you start running a fever) you can always change your mind and get treated then.