'Gynaeplaque' model, United States, 1925-1935

Made:
1925-1935 in United States

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Gynaeplaque model, black leather carry case with sponge model that opens to show a section through the vagina of female internal organs, used to help teach medical professionals how to insert a cervical cap, U.S., c.1930s.

Medical professionals were taught how to insert a cervical cap using this ‘Gynaeplaque’ model. The model is made of a spongy rubber in a black leather carry case which opens to show a section through the female reproductive organs. A cervical cap is a form of contraceptive which is inserted by a woman before sex. It sits over the cervix to act as a barrier to sperm entering the uterus. The slightly larger alternative is the diaphragm. Both must be initially fitted by a physician and they can establish the shape of the cervix and the size and type of cap required.

This particular ‘Gynaeplaque’ came from Eileen Palmer. She worked with pioneering American birth control advocate Margaret Sanger. This type of model was used in instructing women at the Birth Control Clinical Research Bureau in the US.

Details

Category:
Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Contraception
Object Number:
2007-186
Materials:
leather and sponge
type:
model - representation
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
credit:
Dr. Hilary Francis