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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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A little blood during a check with a speculum?

A little blood during a check with a speculum?

Who used speculum?: If your doctor performed the speculum examination, she/he would be the right person to ask. It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without examining you. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. Read more

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Hello! I was wondering if the extreme pain I experienced today when the speculum was taken out, could be caused by it pinching something inside of me?

Hello! I was wondering if the extreme pain I experienced today when the speculum was taken out, could be caused by it pinching something inside of me?

Possibly: It might have caught some tissue and pinched it. If vagina was particularly dry - there could have been friction. If speculum was overly large - it might have been a tight fit. 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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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?

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

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How is a swab of discharge taken from the vagina? Do they use a speculum?

How is a swab of discharge taken from the vagina? Do they use a speculum?

Both: A speculum should be used to take a representative sample of the discharge with a swab. 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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Is discharge after a vaginal swab normal? I have been havin discharge ever since the swab was done. Could the speculum infect me with something?

Is discharge after a vaginal swab normal? I have been havin discharge ever since the swab was done. Could the speculum infect me with something?

Discharge: Discharge of the vagina can be normal, abnormal or transitional. After a procedure such as a pelvic exam or vaginal swab, there can potentially be discharge. If persistent, it is best to follow with a doctor for evaluation of the discharge. Read more

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Why did it hurt very bad when she put speculum in vagina? I was on period so she couldn't really c anything

Sensitive during per: Likely you where still experiencing you period and during menstruation, cramps are still possible and the uterus can be sensitive to external movement. Likely the speculum examination just jostled the uterus somewhat and caused the pain. Read more

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Had Pap smear one week ago. Since then I have had pain in the perineum area/outer vaginal area. It hurts to wipe. Could it be injury from speculum?

Yes: Not sure but sounds like irritation at least, take over the counter pain meds like generic excedrin, motrin, aleve, (naproxen) till resolved, if last more than 2 weeks see your gyn dr., sooner if worse. Read more

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I am a 38 year old virgin. I need to do an iui treatment and am very scared about the process, especially the insertion of the speculum. Will it hurt?

Had a Pap?: If you've had a Pap smear done before, you'll find the IUI is nearly exactly the same. If not, you can expect some discomfort - most describe it as dull pressure - from the speculum. It should never be a "sharp" pain. If you've never had a pelvic exam before, make certain the person doing the IUI know that. Good wishes. Read more