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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 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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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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Really nervous about vaginal exam, speculum always hurts and i can never relax enough. What can I do and how uncomfortable is rectal exam?

Really nervous about vaginal exam, speculum always hurts and i can never relax enough. What can I do and how uncomfortable is rectal exam?

Uncomfortable: Both the vaginal and rectal exams are uncomfortable, but should not be painful. You can request a smaller speculum. They come in different sizes. Try to relax the muscles on the inside of your thighs by letting your legs fall open. That will reduce the pressure of the speculum. ...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

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What do you do when the speulum breaks inside you during a yearly exam, and your left feeling embarssed? I went for my yearly exam today and while the doctor was adjusting (opening) the speculum, the speculum broke inside of me. She turned to the nurse an

I : I am sorry you had such an unpleasant experience. Your doctor definitely could have handled the situation a little differently. Her saying "i have to get out of here" and walking out so abruptly was inappropriate and inconsiderate because it made you feel uncomfortable. Please take into consideration the fact that doctors are human and make mistakes like everyone else. Where you go from here is completely up to you. You can chalk it up as an unfortunate situation forgive the doctor and move on; you can call or visit the doctor and tell her that her words and/or actions made you uncomfortable and embarassed, lastly you can contact the doctor's supervisor (if applicable) or office manager and ask how you make a formal complaint. The choice is yours. Regardless of how what you do, i hope you can find a way to get over what happened. Take care. ...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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Plastic speculums for pelvic exams are pre-opened. Why do they have to be open all the way? .

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. ...Read more

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