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I saved some stool samples (prepped fecal slurry) prior to antibiotic use for an autologous/self fecal transplantation. The samples have been frozen at -20 (home deep freezer) for just over 3 months time. I would still like to utilize them, but have not been able to find any information on whether or not the samples would still be safe to use. I would assume that any shift in the microbiota composition would have happened early on and is now stable… and that it would still be preferable to finding a donor in order to obtain fresh. I am hesitant without hearing from someone who may have more information regarding the safety. I’d appreciate any insight. I had surgery and was taking narcotics as well as IV antibiotics in the hospital. The samples remained frozen for this long because of several weeks on medication. I have been taking probiotics both during and after medication use (Digesta Flora by Perque and HMF with FOS) as well as S. boulardii. The digestive disruption is mild to moderate at this point, but I do have a history of IBS, which resolved after several years of a whole foods, grain-free diet as well as lifestyle changes. Because I have read so much about the loss of microbiotic diversity after antibiotic and medication usage, I wanted to inoculate myself with my own bacteria and that is why I saved it. I heard about it from my naturopath, but she was not sure if I should still use the samples after this length of time.
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