I am a lamaze childbirth educator in Southern CA. Here is my question. I discuss that the number of vaginal exams preformed during a labor and delivery experience is limited (or should be!) because the act of doing the exam, although sterile, displaces the normal bacteria from its normal positioning, thereby increasing the chance for infection to develop. Perhaps I need to change that explanation to state that this is true only after the water has broken, but I thought I understood the chance of increased infection was true in either case, only more so after water has broken.
I was asked why infection wouldn’t happen as a result of
penis insertion during sexual intercourse and I answered that in a
low risk no
problem pregnancy there are not sexual restrictions but agreed that I needed to do further research as to why those two scenarios are different. If you can provide me a resource or additional info I would appreciate the learning opportunity.