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The 5 Reasons Why Every Doctor Needs Specula in Different Sizes

By Kelly Ottaviano / May 30, 2019 /

Vaginal specula have existed in some shape or form since the early Roman times. During archaeological excavations, several bronze specula were found among the ruins of Pompeii. Thomas Graves is credited with producing the modern-day speculum design in 1870. Graves tweaked an earlier design created by the controversial “Father of Modern Gynecology”, James Marion Sims.…

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Top 5 Design Flaws in a Traditional Speculum That Your Patients Hate

Top 5 Design Flaws in a Traditional Speculum That Your Patients Hate

By Kelly Ottaviano / April 18, 2019 /

In surveys conducted by the American College of Physicians, an alarming percentage of patients reported discomfort with routine pelvic exams. A median of 35% of women experienced pain and discomfort, while a median of 34% reported pain, embarrassment, and anxiety. Women who experienced these negative outcomes from pelvic exams were less likely to return to that provider…

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Pelvic Exams: Uncomfortable but Necessary for Female Patients

By Kelly Ottaviano / March 7, 2019 /

Annual medical checkups are critical to helping women maintain optimal physical health. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists call these well-woman visits. These appointments give doctors an opportunity to speak with patients about minimizing medical risks. The physicians tell women about preventive services and screenings. They perform routine screenings to catch cancers and sexually transmitted…

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The Top Ten Reasons to Equip Your Staff with Vaginal Exam Kits

By Kelly Ottaviano / January 28, 2019 /

Over 60 million pelvic exams are performed in the United States every year. The majority of these procedures unfold as planned with little disruption to regular scheduling. However, productivity and revenue can be stalled when the devices and supplies needed to perform pelvic exams are missing or in need of maintenance. Fortunately, a growing number…

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Female Cosmetic Genital Surgery: What is it and What Are the Risks?

By Kelly Ottaviano / December 3, 2018 /

When you think of cosmetic surgery, your first thoughts are often of the most common ones such as facelifts, breast augmentations, or nose jobs. Because the results of these procedures are visible, people sometimes forget that there is a surgery to change the appearance of any part of the body the patient may be unhappy…

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Gender-Specific Symptoms in Gonorrhea

By Kelly Ottaviano / November 26, 2018 /

According to the CDC, gonorrhea is a very common sexually transmitted disease (STD) that is particularly prevalent among young people ages 15-24 who have multiple sexual partners. Spread by vaginal, oral, or anal intercourse, gonorrhea symptoms can range from mild to severe. Symptoms may manifest differently in men and women. It’s important to recognize the signs in…

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Laparoscopy for Endometriosis and How it Affects Fertility

By Kelly Ottaviano / November 19, 2018 /

When you have endometriosis, you may experience menstrual cycles that are heavier than usual, abdominal pain, and even infertility. And though the symptoms may be difficult, laparoscopic surgery offers new hope. Used as a procedure to both diagnose and treat certain symptoms of endometriosis, laparoscopies can decrease pain and even improve the chances of conceiving. Below you’ll…

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The Contraceptive Vaginal Ring: Pros and Cons for Women

By Kelly Ottaviano / November 12, 2018 /

According to the Guttmacher Institute, 99% of women aged 15-44 who have had sexual intercourse have used at least one method of contraception. For those women who dislike the idea of taking a pill daily, having an implant placed, or getting injections, the contraceptive vaginal ring can present a viable alternative. A relatively new technology that garnered…

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Taking the Fear Out of 3 Gynecological Surgeries: D&C, Colposcopy, and Cervical Cyrosurgery

By Kelly Ottaviano / October 21, 2018 /

For many women, obstetrical and gynecological surgeries can be a source of fear and anxiety. Physical, emotional, and psychological concerns can take a toll on a woman’s health before, during, and after a procedure—so it’s important to foster an atmosphere of education and understanding at all stages of a procedure. Proper preparation, education, and compassion help…

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Research Shows A Drop In Cervical Cancer Screenings

By Kelly Ottaviano / June 19, 2018 /

In 1975, 15 women out of every 100,000 were diagnosed with cervical cancer—roughly 6 of these women died from the disease. By 2013, this number was down to 7 out of every 100,000 getting diagnosed, with 2 of those fatal. This 50% decline in 40 years is an impressive feat. However, in the past few years, this…

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