Pessaries, England, 1925–1960

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Pessaries, England, 1925–1960. A pessary can be a device to support the vagina or rectum, a form of contraception, or a medical treatment. However, these examples probably measured women for diaphragms. The box contains 19 sizes to fit the patient. Each is individually marked. A diaphragm is a dome-shaped disc that covers the cervix. Sperm is prevented from entering the uterus, preventing pregnancy. This set came from the personal collection of F T Burkitt (1981–1961). He was a British surgeon and radiologist during the 1920s. Genito-urinary medicine. Contributors: Science Museum, London. Work ID: uf2uvnpe.

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