5 doctors weighed in:

Do vaginal exams increase risk of fetal group b strep?

5 doctors weighed in
Justin Fuehrer
Emergency Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: No there is no risk

Vaginal exams are performed with a sterile speculum. Even though approximately 25% of women are colonized with group b strep, it is highly unlikely that the speculum would enter the uterus to transmit the bacteria to the fetus.

In brief: No there is no risk

Vaginal exams are performed with a sterile speculum. Even though approximately 25% of women are colonized with group b strep, it is highly unlikely that the speculum would enter the uterus to transmit the bacteria to the fetus.
Justin Fuehrer
Justin Fuehrer
Answer assisted by Justin Fuehrer, Medical Student
Thank
1 comment
Dr. Lee Ann Roberts
the bacteria come from the patient's own bacterial flora
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: No

GBS is a germ commonly found in the human gut.
There is such a short distance between the poop exit & vagina, than up to 1/3 of women will have GBS living in their genital tract at any moment. It comes & goes at random but is monitored in pregnancy because of its risk to newborns. If you carry it late in pregnancy you are given IV antibiotics when in labor to avoid passage to the baby.

In brief: No

GBS is a germ commonly found in the human gut.
There is such a short distance between the poop exit & vagina, than up to 1/3 of women will have GBS living in their genital tract at any moment. It comes & goes at random but is monitored in pregnancy because of its risk to newborns. If you carry it late in pregnancy you are given IV antibiotics when in labor to avoid passage to the baby.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Adam Levy
Board Certified, Obstetrics & Gynecology
34 years in practice
1M people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors