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Stirrups or no stirrups for routine speculum examinations?: Patient's perspective

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 03 August 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:305
  1. Rosemary Slosek, patient (
  1. Worksop, Nottinghamshire S80 1RF

    EDITOR—I have had examinations with and without stirrups in the United States and United Kingdom.1 Before my move to the US, smears had always been done without stirrups, and it was just another examination—no more uncomfortable than having teeth drilled.

    When I needed a routine cervical smear by my (lovely female) …

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