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Pelvic Exams: Cut Out Obstructed Views

Pelvic Exams: Cut Out Obstructed Views

During pelvic examinations, tissue from the vaginal walls often obstructs the view of the cervix by entering laterally from either side of the open speculum. One way to prevent this is to cut a finger off of a rubber glove and then snip off the finger's end as well, forming a tube. Place this tube over the speculum blades before introducing the instrument into the vagina. When the speculum is opened, the glove material holds back the vaginal wall tissue so that the view is unobstructed.

Jeanette M. Williams, MD

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