Some of the most common specula in use today were designed in the 19th century. Improvements that have been made since then benefit doctors, but patients have remained overlooked.
Physicians recommend that women have their first pelvic exam by age 21. And although nearly all women have had these exams, no one knows what to expect on their first visit. The sensory feedback given by the current specula are misleading as to the nature of the exam, making it more uncomfortable than it should be.
This new speculum addresses patient needs by changing the visual, auditory, and tactile experience. The number of parts has been reduced to make the tool look less mechanical. The resting position of the speculum is open, and must be physically closed by compressing the spring steel body, eliminating the sound and feeling of adjustment. Pinching is prevented by having the tool never completely close, and by moving the non-mechanical hinge to the bottom.
It also solves physician problems. The spring steel that makes up the body of the tool has a calculated weight and shape, so the tool only applies the amount of pressure needed and can never be over-adjusted.