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Swab test to see if labor is eminent

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June 2nd, 2006, 05:07 PM
*~Candy~*'s Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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I went back to the docotors today because they called and wanted to see me if I was still contracting so they did a swab test - WHICH OMIGOD OUCH, they had to use the thing they use for a pap but COULDN'T USE LUBE SO LET ME SAY OOOWWAAA!!! To see if I am going to go into labor in the next four weeks, anyone know what this test is called?? Or have had it done?

I guess they are concerned about all the contractions and gave me medicine to help stop them Brethamine(??) anyone know anything about this medicine or the test, it would be greatly appreciated.

thanks girls

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June 6th, 2006, 12:17 PM
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Hi! I believe you are thinking of Fetal fibronectin. Here's some info:

A cotton swab is used to collect samples of cervico-vaginal secretions during a speculum examination (similar to a Pap smear). The analysis of the collected sample takes six to 36 hours to complete. The result is either positive (fFN is present), or negative (fFN is not present). The results are valid for up to two weeks from the date of the test. A negative fFN test result is a highly reliable predictor that delivery will not occur within the next two weeks. A positive result is a less reliable predictor of preterm labor: there is still a fair chance that the pregnancy will continue for at least another two weeks. The test costs about $200.

Good Luck! I had this test done and came back positive, my water broke a week later.

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