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Bonner Springs, KS
A 31-year-old female asked:

Plastic speculums for pelvic exams are pre-opened. why do they have to be open all the way? .

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Claude Parola
Internal Medicine 41 years experience
Speculum: The speculum has to be opened a little more to spread apart the wall of the vagina so that the cervix can be seen.
Dr. Cynthia Lu
17 years experience
Misconception : They are completely sealed when stored. Only pre opened prior to use. The nurses open them up before usage by the doctor. Don't worry they are still sterile and give accurate results. A few minutes open to air is still hygienic.
Last updated Jun 10, 2013


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