Finally, A Vaginal Speculum that Curves With Anatomy

Adonica Shaw
2 min readJan 2, 2024

If the vaginal canal is slightly curved, why do we keep using straight-edged vaginal speculums that do not follow anatomy?

This curiosity is what ultimately led me on a journey to redesign & develop a line of vaginal speculums to prioritize patient comfort, and still provide an optimal experience for healthcare providers to perform pap smears and pelvic exams.

The initial line of 8 vaginal device designs, which were announced last summer, consider my lens as an entrepreneur, doula, patient advocate, and midwife in residence, and they are the first of several medical device redesign projects in women’s reproductive health. And at the beginning of the year, during Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, I’m excited to provide an update.

These projects will fall under Midicals; a progressive medical device design company dedicated to improving patient satisfaction through common-sense medical devices for women’s reproductive health. And will be announced throughout 2024.

Thank you to the phenomenal team at StartUp Health, Right Side Capital Management, and Jumpstart Health Investors for your continued support.

PS — This drawing is one of my first iterations of the vaginal speculum redesign. A lot has changed since then, but it’s cool to see where I started.

#reproductivehealth #reproductiverights #vaginalspeculum #vaginalhealth #papsmear #pelvicexam #cancerawareness #cervicalcancerawareness

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Adonica Shaw

Adonica Shaw is the founder of Wingwomen, a doula and a midwife in residence.