Uterine ointment introducer, boxwood, probably English, 1820-1880
Uterine ointment introducers secreted ointment into the uterus. It worked like a syringe: the physician filled the introducer with ointment, inserted the end into the vagina, and pushed the piston down to dispense the contents. It was often used on hysterectomy patients. A hysterectomy operation removes all, or part of the uterus. This can be a form of birth control, especially in women who already have children. It can also stop uterine cancer spreading. This example is made of wood and was used between 1820 and 1880.
- Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Contraception
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