Group B Strep Testing
We are delighted to be able to start offering expectant mums the opportunity to test themselves for Group B Streptococcus in the comfort of their own home.
If you're interested in purchasing a Group B Strep Test for just £60, find out more about what's involved below and complete the form to let our team know you're interested.
Group B Strep Test FAQs
Group B Strep (GBS) is a type of bacteria called streptococcal bacteria. This is a common type of bacteria that tends to reside in the rectum or vagina of women.
This type of bacteria is usually harmless in healthy adults but pregnant mums do run the risk of passing on Group B Strep to their newborn babies which can have serious consequences.
It is important to note that that most women show no symptoms so they are not able to know if they are a carrier of GBS.
Although Group B Strep isn't harmful to you as a mum, it can have potentially serious consequences for your baby.
Some babies exposed to it during labour could develop a serious infection. In fact, it is one of the most common causes of life-threatening infections in newborns in the UK such as meningitis, sepsis and pneumonia. That’s why it’s important to test for GBS.
The good news is that you can prevent GBS from being transmitted to your baby by taking antibiotics when labour starts.
Unfortunately, the NHS does not screen pregnant women for GBS. That’s where Biovault Family can help!
This Group B Strep Test is designed to be done at home so you’ll perform the test yourself.
We’ll be using a test called the Enriched Culture Medium (ECM) test which is a Group B Strep-specific swab test that specifically looks to detect the presence of Group B Strep. The ECM test is recommended by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.
You can do the test from the comfort of your own home – it’s quick and simple to do.
You’ll need to use two swabs to take samples from both your lower vagina and your rectum.
Once that’s done, simply send them to The Doctor’s Laboratory who will be processing the results.
The test usually is taken between 35 – 37 weeks of pregnancy. If you’re currently towards the end of your third trimester, complete our form to request your Group B Strep test.
The results are quick, given the late nature that the swabs are taken. Usually, you’ll receive your results within 3 working days of when the swaps arrive at the laboratory.
Please do make sure that you give a copy of your test results to whoever is responsible for your pregnancy – be that a midwife, doctor or health professional.
We are big believers in protecting your little ones as much as possible from birth. This is something that both stem cell banking and the Group B Strep test can help to do.
Stem cell banking takes the cord blood from the umbilical cord and stores it for future use. This cord blood can be used to help treat over 80+ diseases including Blood Cancers, such as Leukaemia, Lymphoma and Myeloma.
The Group B Strep test looks to offer you the chance to protect your baby from contracting Group B Strep through a simple, easy-to-do test. This test will let medical professionals know if you need to have antibiotics in the lead-up to giving birth during labour to protect your baby.
Both stem cell banking and the Group B Strep test take a few minutes, but the protection that they provide is invaluable. We want to ensure as many expecting parents as possible are aware of the benefits of both.
If you'd like to test yourself for GBS, all you need to do is fill out the form to let us know and we'll do the rest.
This is the perfect test for women in their third trimester waiting for their due date. Remember – it will need to be taken between week 35 – 37 of your pregnancy.
It costs just £60 and could help to protect your little one.