Y ou lie back, legs wide. You relax as much as you can. A cervical screening does not detect cancer itself; it finds cells that are abnormal. But something is going wrong. Cervical screening is at its lowest rate in 19 years. The Jade Goody effect , named for the increase in women attending screening after the reality TV star died of the disease in , has disappeared.
The speculum: tested on slaves and used as punishment against sex-workers
Why No One Can Design a Better Speculum - The Atlantic
Speculum play is any sexual interactions involving the use of the medical devices called speculums. During speculum play, a dominant partner typically takes on the role of a doctor while a submissive person plays the patient. Speculum play can involve internal examinations of the vagina or anus. Speculum play may be used to add variety to the sex life, especially among BDSM couples. It may be a component of a medical-themed BDSM scene or a key part of the way someone with a medical fetish enjoys sex. Speculum play also allows a dominant to see parts of a submissive that they could not usually see.
How to redesign the vaginal speculum
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. But the speculum most women experience today is largely credited to a man named James Marion Sims, often heralded as the father of American gynecology. He was a controversial figure even in his day, and should probably remain one now.
The speculum is the device used to visualise the cervix and as far as medical instruments go, it has a curious and often controversial history. In antiquity, the speculum provided the first glimpse of the anatomy that had previously served as the subject of medical mysticism. And when the Victorian era muzzled public discourse on sex, the speculum was centre stage.