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2006/53/4 Diaphragm tampons (2), with applicator, in purse pack, 'Gynaeseal', latex / plastic, developed by Dr John F Cattanach, made by Chattan Australia Pty Ltd, Australia, c. 1989. Click to enlarge.

'Gynaeseal diaphragm tampon' family planning device

Made
The material in this collection comes from a family planning clinic in Melbourne that was founded in 1979 and operated for over twenty years. The clinic offered termination of pregnancy and family planning services at Richmond, an inner suburb of Melbourne. Modelled after the Preterm Foundation clinic in Sydney, it was the first service in Melbourne to provide termination of pregnancy (abortion) under local anaesthetic, making the procedure much less expensive for the patient.

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Summary

Object No.

2006/53/4

Object Statement

Diaphragm tampons (2), with applicator, in purse pack, 'Gynaeseal', latex / plastic, developed by Dr John F Cattanach, made by Chattan Australia Pty Ltd, Australia, c. 1989

Physical Description

The Gynaeseal is a disposable cup-like device with a built-in 'catchment pouch' that fits over a woman's cervix to collect menstrual fluids. It is made of pink (or skin-tone) latex. It comes in white plastic 'purse pack' complete with a white plastic applicator.

The device was developed for use in 'natural family planning' (that is, birth control through periodic abstinence during the 'unsafe' or fertile period of a woman's cycle). It allowed fastidious couples to have sexual intercourse during menstruation thus reducing the number of days of abstinence.

Production

Notes

Developed by Dr John F Cattanach. Produced by Chattan Australia Pty Ltd, Australia. 'Gynaeseal' was launched as a commercial product in 1989 but the Powerhouse Museum has found no evidence that it was actually marketed in Australia or elsewhere subsequent to its launch.

History

Notes

Donated from stock remaining at a family planning clinic in Melbourne after it closed around 2000 because of the retirement of the director.

Source

Credit Line

Donated 2006

Acquisition Date

10 April 2006

Cite this Object

Harvard

'Gynaeseal diaphragm tampon' family planning device 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 25 September 2022, <https://ma.as/356924>

Wikipedia

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