The vaginal speculum — that creepy looking metal device used to examine the vagina and cervix — has remained largely unchanged since the 19th century. But a team of female designers in San Francisco is looking to give the unfriendly implement a new design. In an interview with Wiredthe designers described the hazards of the current one as the noise, the temperature and the feeling inside.
But perhaps no piece of the pelvic exam is as reviled as the vaginal speculum—the cold, clicking, duck-billed apparatus that lifts and separates the vaginal walls so a near-stranger can peer inside. Versions of the speculum have been found in medical texts dating back to the Greek physician Galen in A. The artifact from Pompeii is a bit of a nightmare: two blades that open and close via a corkscrew-like mechanism.
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A speculum is a duck-bill-shaped device that doctors use to see inside a hollow part of your body and diagnose or treat disease. One common use of the speculum is for vaginal exams. Gynecologists use it to open the walls of the vagina and examine the vagina and cervix. A speculum is made from stainless steel or plastic.
A vaginal speculum is a tool that doctors use during pelvic exams. Your doctor inserts the speculum into your vagina and gently opens it during your exam. Speculums come in different sizes.
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It is a fact kept secret from health care consumers, but readily accepted by medical professionals. Not every piece of equipment, even ones that comes in contact with patients, is subject to full sterilization procedures. Non-sterilization is an accepted standard of care in the U.
Cervical cancer screening usually requires use of a speculum to provide a clear view of the cervix. The speculum is one potential barrier to screening due to fear of pain, discomfort and embarrassment. The aim of this paper is to present and demonstrate the feasibility of a tampon-sized inserter and the POC ke T Colposcope, a miniature pen sized-colposcope, for comfortable, speculum-free and potentially self-colposcopy.
Study record managers: refer to the Data Element Definitions if submitting registration or results information. This new invention addresses the inadequate and incomplete visualization of the cervix in patients with excessive vaginal tissue. In general these patients are obese, or are multiparous with a history of multiple vaginal deliveries.