A vaginal speculum is a metal or plastic device used during a
pelvic exam. It is inserted into the vagina to open up and hold apart the
sides, which allows the examiner to see the opening to the uterus (cervix).
A speculum is often used to collect samples of cervical cells for a
Pap test (a screening test for cervical cancer). The health professional may
also use a speculum to collect tissue samples from and examine the inside of
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