I am GBS+ and I am doing the ChrloHexadine douche every 4 hours while in labor. Without any other contrary indications, my midwives are quite confident that this is the safest and least invasive route.
Yup -- I am going to stay away from the antibiotics UNLESS my water breaks and contractions dont start immediately and it looks like it is going to be a long haul. And even then, I will simply entertain the idea.
However, with both of my previous labors, my water breaking was the last thing to happen.
I am going to stick with the ChlorHexadine douche and hope that it does the trick.
and p.s., way TMI, but I bought the douche today (Summer's Eve) and almost threw up on myself -- it smelled so perfumey and disgusting I can't believe people put that smelly crap in their vaginas. I am so horrified.
Well, the midwives bring the actual ChlorHexadine solution (I guess I can probably get it at my appt next week and keep it at my house) but they asked me to get the actual douche at the pharmacy and empty out the bottle -- I could also have bought a douche apparatus (I can't bring myself to say douche bag
) but it was over $10 and the Summer's Eve was only $3.
BUt lemme tell ya -- this douche wasn't even "scented" and it reeked of some sort of fake fragrance. I wanted to puke.
But about the ChlorHexadine -- my midwives said it's the only thing they do for GBS in Europe -- Americans are abx-happy and take four million years to approve anything so it might be a while before it catches on.
Oh, forgot to add -- I guess you started with the "rinse" for lack of a better word -- when you start labor and do it every 4 hours or so til baby is born.