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What is the definition or description of: speculum?

What is the definition or description of: speculum?

Speculum: Refers to an instrument that can be placed inside a structure and the arms open to expose the interior of that structure. In gynecology, a speculum refers to the instrument placed in the vagina, opened slightly to expose the cervix for examinations such as pap smear testing. ...Read more

Speculum (Definition)

Refers to an instrument that can be placed inside a structure and the arms open to expose the interior of that structure. In gynecology, a speculum refers to the instrument placed in the vagina, opened slightly to expose the cervix for examinations such ...Read more


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Can I examine my own vagina without a speculum?

Can I examine my own vagina without a speculum?

Sure, but...: It's a simple task if just looking for lost objects, such as a missing tampon. Not hard to do if checking to see if IUD strings are still there. Trying to examine the cervix and the front/back/side walls of one's own vagina is much harder (even for contortionists), in part because one needs to have examined many other vaginas in order to know what looks normal and what looks odd. It's not easy. ...Read more

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Can a large speculum permanently stretch out your vagina?

Can a large speculum permanently stretch out your vagina?

No: Vagina if very elastic and can return to its normal tone easily. ...Read more

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Is there a child's size speculum for pap smears?

Is there a child's size speculum for pap smears?

Odd question: There is a small sized speculum designed for visualizing the cervix on virginal patients. Pap smears are not usually collected on patients unless they are sexually active, which would not require the small speculum. ...Read more

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Can a vaginal speculum can get stuck in a vagina?

Can a vaginal speculum can get stuck in a vagina?

No: Not a chance (unless you clamped your legs shut and refused to let it be removed.). ...Read more

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How bad does it hurt to get a pap smear with speculum?

How bad does it hurt to get a pap smear with speculum?

Should not hurt : Pap smears are a proven way to reduce the chances of developing cervical cancer by early detection. Although vaginal pressure may be felt, it should not cause pain. If painful, the usual cause is vaginal tightening around the speculum. Try to keep the vaginal area tense-free for a "painless" pap. ...Read more

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Problem in doing intercourse from last 5 yrs. It pains. Even speculum can't be inserted.? Why?

Problem in doing intercourse from last 5 yrs. It pains. Even speculum can't be inserted.? Why?

Intercourse pain: Pain during intercourse can be related to depression and other mental health issues. It can also be related to prior sexual assault. Poor lubrication can also lead to pain during intercourse. I would recommend discussing this issue with your regular doctor to discuss this issue and considering lubricant use during intercourse. This can be a difficult issue to resolve. ...Read more