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The Design Flaws in a Traditional Speculum That Your Patients Hate Most

The Design Flaws in a Traditional Speculum That Your Patients Hate Most

By Kelly Ottaviano / April 21, 2021 /

Finding a patient who looks forward to a vaginal examination is about as challenging as finding a needle in a haystack. Women tend to dread virtually every aspect of the vaginal examination from the moment they enter the waiting area until the completion of the exam. If there is a bright spot during the whole…

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Cervical Cancer Statistics to Share with Your Patients

Cervical Cancer Statistics to Share With Your Patients

By Kelly Ottaviano / December 15, 2020 /

It’s hard to talk about cervical cancer in a lighthearted tone. Or, perhaps it’s more challenging to hear about cervical cancer in a lighthearted manner. There’s a good chance you’ve lost at least one family member to it. Fifty years ago, cervical cancer was the leading cause of death among American women. Since then, we’ve come a long…

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The Importance of Timely Screening for Cervical Cancer

The Importance of Timely Screening for Cervical Cancer

By Kelly Ottaviano / October 14, 2020 /

Cervical cancer kills women. In the US, nearly 4,300 women perish from cervical cancer every year. About 14,000 more will be diagnosed with the disease — and untold thousands live their lives undiagnosed until it’s too late. Globally, cervical cancer is far more prevalent and dangerous in developing nations. The World Health Organization (WHO) says cervical cancer is the fourth…

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Top 6 Errors and Oversights in Vaginal Exams That Are Caused by Bad Equipment

Top 6 Errors and Oversights in Vaginal Exams That Are Caused by Bad Equipment

By Kelly Ottaviano / April 9, 2020 /

While being a routine procedure, vaginal exams may result in complications. Errors and oversights caused by bad equipment aren’t uncommon. Something as basic as a speculum could become the cause of unfortunate consequences. With high-quality pelvic exam equipment available on the market today, many clinics still prefer using traditional tools. Let’s go over several problems…

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The Value of Hysteroscopy and Endometrial Biopsy in Evaluating Female Health Abnormalities

The Value of Hysteroscopy and Endometrial Biopsy in Evaluating Female Health Abnormalities

By Kelly Ottaviano / February 17, 2020 /

Hysteroscopy and endometrial biopsy are methods modern gynecologists and obstetricians use to diagnose and evaluate a vast range of female health abnormalities. As a medical professional, you already know that your patient’s initial complaints may be of abnormal or excessive bleeding, severe cramps, difficulty conceiving, or spotting in postmenopausal women. You also know that hysteroscopy can…

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Why Your Practice Should Offer Multiple Forms of Birth Control

Why Your Practice Should Offer Multiple Forms of Birth Control

By Kelly Ottaviano / February 6, 2020 /

A new era in women’s health began in 1960. This was the year that birth control pills came to market in the U.S. For the first time, women had relatively easy access to a reliable, discrete form of birth control. Sixty years later, today’s contraception options have expanded to include a wide range of methods.…

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Behind the Benefits of Vaginal Microbiome Transplantation for Bacterial Vaginosis

Behind the Benefits of Vaginal Microbiome Transplantation for Bacterial Vaginosis

By Kelly Ottaviano / December 18, 2019 /

Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is one of the most common conditions affecting vaginal health among women of childbearing age. In fact, it’s the most common vaginal infection. BV affects roughly one-third of women aged 14-49 in the United States. Currently, the most common treatment is a course of antibiotics. However, it’s well-known that pathogens can quickly…

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IUD in a 3D model of a utuerus

Here’s What Your Female Patients Need to Know About IUD Options in 2020

By Kelly Ottaviano / December 12, 2019 /

As a medical professional, you know the statistics on IUDs. They’re statistically more effective than most other forms of contraceptives, boasting a 99% success rate in preventing pregnancy. Unfortunately, misinformation regarding IUDs can make patients apprehensive about insertion. Knowing how to communicate with your patients about their IUD options can help you make them feel comfortable…

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Top 5 Design Improvements of Specula in the 21st Century

By Kelly Ottaviano / November 21, 2019 /

The modern speculum was invented in the 1840s by an American physician named James Marion Sims, and it was, shall we say, never designed with patient comfort in mind. And not all that much has changed. The biggest difference is that Sims made his speculum from pewter. Newer specula are plastic or stainless steel. (Some versions…

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Woman at the gynecology exams with doctor in front of medical equipment

The Top 6 Reasons Women Choose to Skip Annual Gynecological Exams

By Kelly Ottaviano / September 9, 2019 /

Annual gynecological exams are an important part of maintaining a woman’s overall health. Unfortunately, all too often, women choose to skip those exams–for a wide range of reasons. By identifying some of the reasons why women choose to skip those important exams, your office can do a better job of bringing women in for those…

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