Nika - posted on 11/18/2009 ( 1 mom has responded )
I live in the US and was tested for group b strep at 37 weeks and tested positive. My midwife offered me the option of either antibiotics during labor or a homeopathic remedy , I chose the homeopathic remedy as am very terrified of needles and also had a homebirth and for iv antibiotics i would have had to go to the hospital. For treatment i took grapefruit seed extract capsules everyday up until delivery and during labor i rinsed with hibaclense mixed with warm water in a peri bottle every 4 hours. The grapefruit seed extract is a pro biotic which promotes the colonization of good vaginal flora which kills the group b and other harmful bacteria and the hiba clense kills all bacteria. It is what dr's wash with before surgery. There are also a number of other homeopathic remedies you can use if you test positive which are completely safe for mom and baby and have no side effects . Many mothers will try the remedy after their 1st positive test and retest before labor to make sure the bacteria has cleared up. Some other remedys ive read about are vinegar rinses before the strep test, and continuing to rinse weekly up until delivery because even if you test negative it is possible for bacteria to recolonize before labor. I have also heard of inserting a tampon with plain organic yogurt into your vagina in the weeks leading to the strep test the bacteria in the yogurt act as a probiotic much like grapefruit seed extract. For women in the uk where there is no testing it may be beneficial to try a homeopathic remedy as a safety net just in case. Theres lots of information online about different options. Has anyone else tries or heard of other treatments?