Speculum: Uses, Types, Exams, and Complications - What is vaginal speculum
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A speculum is a medical tool for investigating body orifices, with a form dependent on the orifice for which it is designed. In old texts, the speculum may also be referred to as a diopter or dioptra. A vaginal speculum is a tool that doctors use during pelvic exams. Doctors use vaginal speculums to spread and hold open your vaginal walls during an exam. Your doctor will use a vaginal speculum when you get a Pap smear, a test that checks for abnormal cells in your cervix.