Testimonials From Patients
What women who have had a fFN test have to say.
-Fetal Fibronectin and my pregnancy
Kristen S. feels that a positive test result helped her doctor take steps to avoid premature delivery.
I had a great experience with the fFN test. At 27 weeks, I went into pre-term labor and was put on modified bed rest. My doctor performed routine fFN tests every other week. Each time, the test came back negative. On my 5th week of modified bed rest he said, "If your next fFN test comes back negative, I will let you off of bed rest." Wouldn't you know it - the next one came back positive. I spent the next three weeks on full bed rest with a terbutaline pump. At 36 weeks, my pump was removed. The very next day, my water broke and I delivered my daughter at 36 weeks and 2 days. My doctor called me a "classic pre-term labor case." I feel that had I not had the fFN test, my chances of delivering a more premature child would have been so much greater. I feel that it was because of the knowledge gained from the fFN test that allowed us to hold off the delivery of my child. My daughter was released from the hospital after 2 days and did not spend any time in the NICU. I would hate to think what may have happened had I not had a doctor that utilized the fFN test. We might possibly have spent time in the NICU, not to mention all of the other risks associated with having a premature baby."
Veronica B. also found that both positive and negative test results were helpful.
I had two positive fFN tests with my first pregnancy: one at 24 weeks and one at 28 weeks. They helped my physicians determine my course of treatment - i.e. that I would be medicated and remain on bed rest. I did stay on bed rest until 37 weeks, and my baby was born the day I went off preterm labor medication."
Janet G. was able to avoid unnecessary medications because of a negative test result.
I had the fetal fibronectin test done when I was 32 weeks pregnant with my daughter after a month of off-and-on contractions. Since I'd also experienced preterm labor problems with my twin sons 4 years prior, they were understandably concerned with regular every-10-minute contractions that continued to happen. I had read about the fetal fibronectin (test) and had even asked my midwife about it, but they told me they couldn't do it. After I missed my brother's wedding due to an 'episode' of every 3 minute contractions, they put me on terbutaline. It was causing really nasty side effects, and I asked to consult with one of the perinatologists in their practice. When I brought up the fetal fibronectin test, he said it definitely was possible to have it done. He agreed that I was a perfect candidate for the test.
When it came back negative (normal), I was able to stop the medicine, and stop having to time every contraction that I felt. I was able to relax and not panic every time I felt two contractions close together. Oddly enough, once I stopped paying so close attention to the contractions, I stopped having them! Apparently, I just have an irritable uterus, and my own worries tend to make it more active. My own panic was a contributing factor.
Ironically, at 41 weeks I had to have my water broken before my labor finally kicked into gear. Getting the fetal fibronectin test done gave us an enormous relief. I was able to go back to taking care of my twins and trying to enjoy the last months of my pregnancy. If it weren't for the test, I don't doubt that I would have been on medication that was causing serious side effects for at least another month. I only wish I'd had it done *before* my brother's wedding, so I could have gone to it!"
Dianne J. had a negative test result at 24 weeks, and a positive test result at 32 weeks. She found that both results were helpful in understanding her symptoms.
I had my first test for fetal fibronectin at 24 weeks and it was negative (I was 80% and 1cm then). My doctor explained to me that it detected a protein that starts to leak close to labor. She said that a negative test means that it is very unlikely that I would deliver in the 2 week period after a negative test. She said that a positive test was not an indication that a woman WOULD go into labor, just that they could no longer be as certain that labor would not occur.
At 32 weeks, I had a positive fetal fibronectin and was told basically the same thing. I asked some more questions and was told that essentially, after a positive fetal fibronectin test, it means that the contractions you experience are more likely to cause cervical change, and I should be even more alert to my contractions and seek medical attention promptly if I had any concerning symptoms. That is pretty much exactly what happened from 32 weeks to 38 weeks when I finally delivered - I began to dilate (a little less than 1 cm per week). Up to that point, I'd been having a lot of contractions, but had not dilated beyond the 1 cm. After my positive fetal fibronectin test, I made it another 6 weeks until delivery."
Kristeen P. was reassured by repeated negative test results.
During my last pregnancy I had an FFN every two weeks until my 34th week. Sometimes when I thought I was going to lose it and was losing faith in my chances of carrying to term, I would get a normal result which would give me something to cling to and hope that I was going to make it. I know the next time around FFN's will be a necessary aspect of my treatment."
Joani B. found repeated fFN testing to be very helpful in relieving concerns about preterm birth.
I was put on complete bed rest when I was 24 weeks pregnant due to preterm labor. I spent the 12 weeks on bed rest worrying about how early my baby would be born. I had the fFN test performed 3 different times. Each time, I felt a wave of relief when the test came back negative. It gave me the hope that everything would be okay. My daughter was born healthy the last day of my 36th week of pregnancy. The fFN test was very helpful and very accurate in my situation."
Tracy W. found more peace of mind in her second pregnancy.
I had a good experience with the fFN test. It was not available during my first pregnancy, so my preterm labor created a lot of anxiety about delivering too early. But the test was available during my second pregnancy, and it helped ease my worries. I was given the test twice, and both times it was negative. While I still experienced preterm labor symptoms and my doctor still closely monitored me, I had some peace of mind that I had a little bit of security for a 2 week window."
The views expressed in these testimonials are the opinions of patients, and are not necessarily the opinions of Hologic, Inc., its officers, directors, and employees.