Pessary, stem, Duffin, boxwood and ivory, c.1890
A prolapsed uterus is where the uterus has shifted down from its usual position in the abdominal cavity. The Duffin stem pessary supported a prolapsed uterus. The boxwood stem with cup was inserted in the vagina. The lower part of the pessary was held in place with a material strap outside the vagina.
This type of pessary was developed in 1831. Its inventor, a Mr Duffin, designed it so the stem length could be adjusted as the condition improved. The pessary also incorporates a rotating joint to follow the natural movement of the body. Vaginal pessaries became widespread in the 1800s. Many designs are still used.
Cite this page
We encourage the use and reuse of our collection data.
Data in the title, made, maker and details fields are released under Creative Commons Zero
Descriptions and all other text content are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 licence
Download catalogue entry as json
View manifest in IIIF viewer
Download manifest IIIF
Our records are constantly being enhanced and improved, but please note that we cannot guarantee the accuracy of any information shown on this website.