The global vaginal specula market is expected to grow to US$1,180 from US$955.66 million in 2022. 41 million by 2028; It is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 3.6% from 2022 to 2028. A vaginal speculum is a medical device typically used by doctors and naturopaths to examine vaginal openings.
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It is either a metal-based or non-metal medical device that gynecologists use to open the vaginal wall to examine the vagina and cervix and extract cervical cells for Pap or smear examination.
Gynecologists typically collect cell samples from the cervix using a mascara-like brush or swab. Some women experience mild discomfort when vaginal speculums are inserted, while others may not feel anything.
There are various shapes and sizes of vaginal specula on the market. A gynecologist must choose the right type of vaginal specula based on the type of vaginal exam required.
Vaginal specula are most commonly used on women with tight vaginas, especially virgins. Gynecologists rarely prefer stainless steel vaginal mirrors, the classic form of vaginal mirror.
They prefer to use disposable vaginal specula for vaginal and cervical diagnosis to reduce the risk of infection.
Companies and research institutes are taking many initiatives to improve the accuracy of screening tests to enable early detection of cervical cancer. These advances have also allowed researchers to introduce minimally invasive gynecologic surgeries.
Hence, the availability of various modern gynecological devices is driving the growth of the vaginal specula market. Ovarian cancer confined to the ovaries (stage I) can be treated in up to 90% of cases, while disease confined to the pelvis (stage I and II) has a 70% 5-year survival rate.
However, the disease that has migrated beyond the pelvis (stages III-IV) has a long-term survival rate of 20% or less. Currently, only 20% of malignant ovarian carcinomas are identified in stages I-II.
According to computer simulations, detecting preclinical disease at an earlier stage could increase survival by 10-30% while being cost-effective.
According to the type, the vaginal specula market is segmented into disposable and reusable. The disposable segment will hold the largest market share in 2022.
A disposable plastic vaginal speculum is designed for heavy use and/or long-term gynecological surgeries such as vaginal surgery and electrosurgery. The hinge area of the speculum is reinforced, allowing it to withstand forces that only metal vaginal speculums can normally withstand.
The reinforcement piece also serves as a smoke extinguisher. Disposable vaginal specula are generally made of plastic or acrylic materials.
These are non-toxic, flexible and intended for single use.
Disposable vaginal specula are softer and have a rounded edge that prevents injury and provides comfort for patients. These specula are much cheaper than reusable specula and also reduce sterilization costs.
The main benefit of using disposable vaginal specula is the reduction in the risk of contamination. In addition, the transparent body of the device allows for better visualization of the examination area.
Some techniques used to design specula are Moore Graves, Weisman Graves, and Pederson. Graves techniques are used to manufacture disposable vaginal specula and are available in a variety of sizes.
Some companies in the vaginal specula market such as Welch Allyn (Hill-Rom), Henleys Medical Supplies, Dynarex, McKesson Medical-Surgical Inc. and Stericycle offer disposable vaginal specula.
Based on the procedure, the vaginal specula market is segmented into electrosurgical colposcopy, endometrial biopsy, general examination, and others. The general examination segment will hold the largest market share in 2022.
In addition, the vagina, uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, and cervix will be examined by a healthcare provider. A pap smear may be done during a pelvic exam to check for malignancy.
This test is one of the most common medical procedures performed by doctors, and women experience this test during a pelvic exam using a vaginal speculum. Over 55 million swab tests are performed annually in the United States.
The highest incidence rate of cervical cancer is reported among Hispanic women. According to a study conducted by the CDC, white women had the highest incidence rates of uterine cancer (27.16 per 100,000), vulvar cancer (2.80 per 100,000), and ovarian cancer (11.50 per 100,000). In addition, the highest incidence rate of vaginal cancer among black women was observed in the United States. Hence, the high incidence of these cancers contributes to the growth of the vaginal specula market in North America.
Some major primary and secondary sources which are referred to in preparing the report on Vaginal Specula Market are World Health Organization (WHO), US Department of Health and Human Services and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Canadian Medical Association.
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