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Obstet Gynecol. 2010 Aug;116(2 Pt 1):415-7. doi: 10.1097/AOG.0b013e3181e750f1.

Using lubricant for speculum insertion.

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Tufts University School of Medicine, Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, Massachusetts 01199, USA. oz.harmanli@bhs.org

Abstract

Speculum insertion can be associated with considerable discomfort during routine pelvic examination. Physiologically, vaginal entry requires lubrication. However, traditional teaching recommends, if anything, warm water only for lubrication, because lubricants are believed to interfere with Pap and infection tests. There is level I evidence that modest lubrication of the external surface of the speculum does not impair cytologic and infectious evaluation of the cervix. This should be reflected in contemporary teaching and guidelines.

PMID:
20664403
DOI:
10.1097/AOG.0b013e3181e750f1
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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