The gynecological chair (also known as the gynecologist's chair or examination chair ) is used to carry out gynecological examinations of the abdomen. This is actually a lounger with a more or less sloping back. To the right and left of the seat are bowl-shaped brackets ( leg holders or supports). The patient then lies in the so-called lithotomy position (SSL).
As an alternative to using a special gynecological chair, leg rests were developed in the 19th century that can be attached to conventional tables.
Gynecological chairs come in many different designs. More sophisticated models offer, among other things, the possibility of adjusting the height and inclination of the seat using a motor in order to facilitate the examination.
Swinger club / BDSM scene
In many swinger clubs there are gynecological chairs available for various sexual activities. In the field of BDSM , these chairs are sometimes used in the field of clinical sex . They mainly serve to punish and to gain pleasure. Similar to slings , the special lying position allows unrestricted access to the rectum , anus and, if necessary, the vagina and offers a very relaxed lying position.
- See for example Heinrich Fritsch : Meine Beinhalter. In: Centralblatt für Gynäkologie. Volume 10, No. 14, April 3, 1886, pp. 209-211; and Greder: New leg holders for lithotomy position. Ibid., No. 13, March 27, 1886, pp. 193–196, as well as Blumenberg: The most practical leg holders. Ibid., No. 31, July 31, 1886, pp. 499 f.