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May 1, 1951 P. A. RALsroN 2,551,394
HYGIENIC DEVICE Filed Aug. 2l, 1948 IN V EN TOR.
ATT rM/EY Patented May 1, 1951 UNITED STATES HYGIENIC DEVICE Mich.
Application August 21, 1948, Serial No. 45,540
This invention generally relates to hygienic devices and particularly pertains to a new and useful vaginal syringe providing superior and more thorough cleansing of the vaginal cavity when used.
An object of the invention is to provide a device which will thoroughly irrigate the vagina of the user without irritation.
An object of the invention is to provide a device that will irrigate substantially all of the vaginal wall adjacent the vaginal opening While inserted at maximum depth and held in sealed relation to the labia.
An object is to provide means for introducing the irrigating fluid and means for draining olf the irrigating iiuid at the same rate of flow so that undesirable or foreign materials are not urged into the more remote passages of the body by the pressure behind the introductory flow.
Another object of the invention is to provide the insertable tube or neck portion with alternate ribs and slots for the purpose of gently but thoroughly manipulating the contacting Walls of the vagina when the device is oscillated while inserted.
Another object of the invention is to provide drain grooves or slots leading from the head of the device to a point adjacent the base thereof to insure draining along all points on the insertable portion of the device.
Another object of the invention is to provide means for optionally producing pressure within the vaginal cavity when such is desirable due to the prescribed method of treatment.
A further object of the invention is to provide l a device of simple construction characteristics so that it can be manufactured at a low cost.
These and other objects will be more apparent from the following description, the appended claim, and the attached drawings.
In the drawings:
Fig. 1 is a longitudinal cross-sectional view of the device.
Fig. 2 is a top elevational View of the device of the invention.
Fig. 3 is a side elevational view of the device, the bulb being omitted.
Fig. 4 is a partial View of the device in elevation similar to Fig. 3 with the device being rotated 45 from the position shown in Fig. 3 to better illustrate the drain slots in the side Walls thereof.
Fig. 5 is a cross-sectional view of the insertable neck portion of the device of Fig. 3 taken on the line 5-5 thereof.
Fig. 6 is a side elevational View of the insertable end of the device illustrating an optional formation of the iluid jets in the head thereof.
Fig. 7 is a top elevational View of Fig. 6.
Fig. 8 is a view similar to Fig. 6, showing another optional Iiuid jet formation in the head of the device.
Fig. 9 is a top elevational view of Fig. 8.
Referring to the drawings, the inventive device is generally indicated by the numeral 2li and comprises alternate ribbed or slotted insertable neck portion 2 i formed integral with base portion 22, tube portion 23 formed integral with back portion 24, and head 25. Bulb 26 or a syringe tube, notshown, is attachable to the device 20 via nipple 21 formed integral with the back portion 24. Longitudinal slots 28 are disposed in the neck portion 2| forming ribs therebetween while the head is equipped with arcuate jets 29, Figs. l to 4; or a combination of arcuate jets 29 and round jets 30, Figs. 6 and 7 or round jets only as seen in Figs. 8 and 9. The said slots 28 in the neck portion 2l are wider near the head end than at the lower end thereof.
The head 25 is equipped with raised portions 3l forming channels 32 therebetween leading to the slots 23 in the neck 2l and, it Will be noted that the slots 28 cover the cylindrical portion of the neck 2| and terminate Where the neck 2l expands into the base 22. It will also be noted that the jets 29 are preferable to the apertures 30 as they emit an even flow and cover substantially the area of the head 25 including the top and sides thereof.
The irrigating liquid iiows from the bulb 26 through the tube 23 into the head 25 and through jets 29 and/or 30 into the cavity of the user. A tube from a fountain syringe bag, not shown, obviously may be substituted for the bulb 26. The return ow of the liquid from the cavity is via the channels 32, and slots 28, the chamber 34 between the tube 23 and the neck 2l, the chamber 35 between the parts 22 and 24, and the duct 36 to disposal.
In use, the head 25 and neck 2l of the device 20 are inserted into the vaginal opening until the base 22 is in sealed relationship to the labia of the user. Due to the fact that the vaginal walls adjacent the labia are constricting in nature, these walls of the vagina press around the neck 2| when the head 25 has entered the cavity.
When flow is effected from the bulb 26 or a syringe tube, not shown, irrigating iiuidenters the vaginal cavity and is free to ilow therefrom via the channels 32 and slots 28 to disposal as previously described. However, due to the constricting nature of the vaginal walls, only that part of the Walls adjacent the labia is irrigated which is opposite to the slots 28, but, due to the f length of the slots 28 being equal to the depth of these walls, the entire length thereof is irrigated by the return ow. Also the entire circumferential area of the vaginal walls as well as the length thereof may be irrigated by oscillating the device while inserted, which oscillating motion also manipulates these constricting vaginal walls as they move over the slots 28 and the ribs of the neck 2| so that all interstices or crevices of the vaginal walls are opened to the irrigating ow.
Ii the prescribed treatment includes expanding the vagina by iiuid pressure, the user may place a finger tip over the duct 36`Y until the pressure sufficiently expands the vagina; upon re-r moval of the finger tip from the duct, return flow will ensue as previously described.
From the foregoing description it can be seen that the vaginal walls adjacent the labia can be manipulated and irrigated by the inventive device by oscillating' same while inserted to full depth and while the base of the device is positioned in sealed relationship to the labia.
Various adaptations, changes, additions, and deletions can be made in the invention, such as placing the jets 29 and/ or 30 in the elevated portion 3| of the head 25, without departing from the spirit of same or escaping the scope of the appended claim.
In a vaginal irrigating device, a head having 3 a plurality of circumferentially spaced jets near the end thereof, longitudinally disposed raised portions on said head forming drain channels between the said jets, a neck attached to said head composed of alternate ribs forming drain slots therebetween with the slots therein communicating with the channels of said head, a base portion emanating from said neck for sealing the device against a users vaginal labia, a tube disposed within said neck attached to said head for supplying fluid to the jets of said head and forming a drain chamber between said neck and said tube leading from the slots in the said neck to the interior of said base portion, a back portion attached to said base portion forming a second drain chamber between said base and back portion leading from the rst drain chamber and having a drain aperture therein leading from the second drain chamber, and means for supplying said tube with uid under pressure.
PHILIP A. RALSTON.
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