Easing stress of pelvic exams

Ignacio woman says her invention is simple but effective

Veryl Rosenbaum designed the LegEz to loosen a patient’s emotional and physical stress during gynecological procedures. Here, Rosenbaum poses with her invention LegEz, which is made from rock climbers webbing. The original model was made from clothesline. Enlarge photo

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Veryl Rosenbaum designed the LegEz to loosen a patient’s emotional and physical stress during gynecological procedures. Here, Rosenbaum poses with her invention LegEz, which is made from rock climbers webbing. The original model was made from clothesline.

A solution can be so obvious that it’s invisible.

Veryl Rosenbaum gave credence to the hypothesis when she devised a simple way to make gynecological exams less stressful.

“The reaction I so often get is, ‘Why didn’t someone think of this before?’” Rosenbaum said.

Rosenbaum was leaving home in Ignacio last June for a gynecological appointment when her daughter-in-law, Sharon Bonds Rosenbaum, asked why she was toting two pillows.

“I said it was to support my legs because they tire and start to tremble during those examinations,” Rosenbaum said in an interview last week. “I also tighten all my core muscles, my vaginal muscles, which makes it difficult for the doctor.”

When her daughter-in-law said that pillows wouldn’t work but that a dependable way to support her knees would, the light bulb lit, Rosenbaum said.

She cut a length of clothesline, fashioned a figure-8 loop and slipped it over her feet and up to her knees. The support worked to perfection when she lay in the position for a pelvic examination, she said.

The doctor was amazed, Rosenbaum said.

The “oh, wow” reaction from her friends led Rosenbaum to manufacture a 6-foot-long figure-8 strap, not of clothesline but of half-inch-wide mountain climbing mesh.

Rosenbaum calls it LegEz.

The concept is simple but effective, Joy Frazer, a registered nurse and naturopathic doctor in private practice in Durango, said Friday.

“If you’ve done yoga, you understand the principle,” Frazer said. “The strap instead of the muscles supports the legs.

“In a pelvic examination, the legs are open, which is not the most comfortable position,” Frazer said. “The strap makes the exam more relaxing.”

Stacy Mulkey, a naturopathic doctor at Namaste Health Center in Durango, agrees.

“I’ve had good feedback about LegEz from all my well-woman exams,” Mulkey said. “Without it, we have to hold our legs in position.

“It’s a good tool for any pelvic examination,” Mulkey said. “We have one less thing to think about.”

Rosenbaum has formed a company, Big Visions LLC, and has a trademark on LegEz. She has mailed 10,000 flyers to physicians, midwives, therapists, nurses, naturopathic doctors and health-care providers nationwide.

Marketing LegEz is a new direction for Rosenbaum, who has practiced psychoanalysis, produced videos, published books and been table games supervisor at the Sky Ute Casino.

daler@durangoherald.com

Veryl Rosenbaum has mailed marketing literature for the LegEz to 10,000 medical providers nationwide. Enlarge photo

DAVID BERGELAND/Durango Herald

Veryl Rosenbaum has mailed marketing literature for the LegEz to 10,000 medical providers nationwide.