I genuinely believe that every woman in this world would tell you that a cervical smear test is a traumatic experience, especially when you have to face the cold metal instrument – the speculum. And yet, this test is an essential health check for anyone with a cervix, so it’s great news to see that a company created by women, Yona, has redesigned the speculum so it’s much more comfortable.
Yes, you read that right! The company has redesigned the medical device that is inserted into our private parts and the main instrument used in smear tests. We all know how this instrument is a cause of concern for many patients, and some are even postponing examinations out of fear of the discomfort this instrument can cause.
The instrument had not undergone any changes since its invention in the eighteenth century, so this change is very welcomed.
The main changes are the materials used for the instrument, and the mechanics. The Yona speculum is made of silicone instead of metal, so it’s softer, warmer, and much easier to insert. To add to that, it has a different opening to the traditional one, and it incorporates a light. Its incline has been set to 105 degrees, which means it’s much more manageable for the doctor, and much more comfortable for the patient.
The prototype of the product has been presented by the designers at Yona, and it has already been hailed as one of the future essential products for gynecological consultations.