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  • Published In : Feb 2024
  • Code : CMI6686
  • Pages :160
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  • Industry : Medical Devices

Market Size and Trends

Global cervical dilator market is estimated to be valued at USD 123.5 Mn in 2024 and is expected to reach USD 189.5 Mn by 2031, exhibiting a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.3% from 2024 to 2031.

The demand for cervical dilators has been rising in the past few years due to increasing cases of cervical cancer worldwide. Cervical cancer screenings and treatment procedures such as loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP) and cone biopsy require the use of cervical dilators to widen the cervical opening for easy access and performance of such procedures.

Global Cervical Dilator Market Key Factors

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Moreover, rising adoption of minimally invasive surgeries and growing awareness about early cancer detection are some other factors fueling the demand for cervical dilators globally. With increasing innovation in products and continued technological advancements, the cervical dilator market is expected to grow steadily over the forecast period.

Changing lifestyles boost need for fertility treatments

Another key driver for growing cervical dilator market is rising adoption of fertility treatments. Delayed childbearing, increasing career orientation, and lifestyle changes have led to voluntary childlessness among many modern women. This has boosted the need for assisted reproductive technologies like in-vitro fertilization (IVF) to conceive later in life. An integral part of many fertility treatments, especially IVF, is embryo transfer which requires careful dilation of the cervix by using specula and dilators.

Growing social acceptance of sophisticated fertility solutions and easier access to fertility clinics is supporting this trend. Busy career women in urban metros especially rely on fertility treatments as their only viable option to achieve pregnancy. This drives repeated use of cervical dilators during multiple IVF cycles or fertility procedures. Furthermore, the chance of success with IVF reduces with each unsuccessful cycle, thereby encouraging patients to undergo another round of treatments. Rising infertility rates globally and more couples opting for alternative conception paths like surrogacy or donor egg also fuel the need for precise cervical preparation tools. All these factors are anticipated to stimulate continuing demand for innovative cervical dilators in the near future.

Market Concentration and Competitive Landscape

Global Cervical Dilator Market Concentration, By Players

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Growing demand for cervical dilators during childbirth

One of the key drivers for the growth of the cervical dilator market is increasing need for cervical dilatation procedures during childbirth. Dilatation of the cervix is necessary to allow the baby to pass through the birth canal during a normal vaginal delivery. While cervical dilatation occurs naturally during labor close to delivery, sometimes it needs to be induced or assisted artificially. This helps hasten the birthing process and reduce complications for both the mother and child.

Cervical dilators are commonly used when a woman's cervix is not dilating as expected during childbirth. These help to induce or augment cervical effacement and dilation in a controlled manner. This is especially important for women experiencing postdates pregnancies where the fetus is overdue or women with unfavorable cervical examinations. Cervical dilators also assist in procedures like induction of labor and cervical ripening before labor. Their use ensures that parturition occurs smoothly and safely. With growing awareness of the benefits of cervical dilatation and more women opting for childbirth even with high-risk pregnancies, demand for effective cervical dilators continues to increase.

Global Cervical Dilator Market Key Takeaways From Lead Analyst

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Market Challenges – High costs associated with cervical dilation procedures:

High costs associated with cervical dilation procedures pose a significant challenge for the growth of the cervical dilator market. Dilation and curettage (D&C) procedures, which use cervical dilators, can be expensive depending on factors like the type of healthcare provider or facility used. The cervical dilator market faces several challenges. As research into the health benefits of various mushroom species continues, consumers remain skeptical of claims that are not backed by strong clinical evidence. High costs that are associated with cultivation and production also limit access for some.

Market Opportunities - Development of multi-functional dilators:

Development of multi-functional dilators provides a huge untapped growth opportunity in the cervical dilator market. Dilators have focused on a single functionality of gradual dilation during cervical procedures. However, women undergoing these procedures require solutions that provide additional benefits and convenience. Multi-functional dilators that combine dilation with features like integrated ultrasound, thermotherapy or local anesthesia could fulfill this unmet need. This would help streamline procedures, and thus reduce discomfort for patients and lower costs for providers.

Global Cervical Dilator Market By Material, 2024

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Insights, By Application:

In terms of application, IUD placement and removal segment is anticipated to have 25.7% of the market share in 2024, owing to its use in common women's health practices. IUD insertion and extraction procedures require gentle cervical dilation to minimize patient discomfort. As long as IUDs remain a popular contraception option worldwide, demand will remain high for dilators optimized for this application. Their efficacious yet minimally invasive design support widespread IUD uptake. Beyond contraception, some dilators are also well-suited for diagnostic examinations and treatments conducted in gynecological outpatient settings. The routine nature of these clinical activities involving the uterine cervix helps to sustain the leading market position of dilators meant for IUD procedures.

Insights, By Type: Growing demand for reusable women health products

In terms of type, Reusable segment is expected to have lions share i.e., 56.8% of the market share in 2024. As non-profit women's health organizations continue promoting reusable options as more cost effective and environmentally sustainable in the long run, thus driving the segment development over the forecasted period. Reusable dilators provide sterilization benefits over disposables. After use, reusable dilators can be sterilized using common hospital sterilization methods like autoclaving, allowing continued use on multiple patients. This reduces biological waste and lowers costs per use compared to single-use disposables. International women's health groups emphasize reusable equipment can lower financial barriers to cervical cancer screenings in developing nations.

Insights, By End Type: Versatility drives double ended dilators growth

In terms of end type, double ended segment is anticipated to have 61.8% of the market share in 2024, owing to its versatility in navigating diverse cervical anatomies. Whether a patient's cervix requires slightly more or less dilation, double-ended designs allow clinicians to easily adjust as needed during a procedure. Their dual tips in different diameters provide an adaptable option that is suitable for a wide range of women. As practitioners recognize the benefits of choosing dilators that are equipped to accommodate variable cervical structures, demand is strongest for two-ended styles. Their flexible yet effective profile supports comprehensive care of all female patient populations.

Insights, By End User: Convenience drives gynecology clinics growth

In terms of end user, gynecology clinics segment is projected to have owing to priorities of convenience and efficiency. Clinics strive to optimize cervical preparation and minimize total procedure times. Integrating dilation, examination, and treatment steps streamlines busy clinic workflows. Easy to sterilize designs simplify cleaning between cases. As gynecology practices focus on maximizing patient throughput without compromising quality, dilators catering to clinic economics and logistics remain their preferred choice over alternatives requiring more complex protocols or multiple providers. This enhances the productivity and sustainability of high-volume ambulatory women's health settings.

Regional Insights

Global Cervical Dilator Market Regional Insights, 2024

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North America has established itself as the dominant regional market for cervical dilators and is expected to have 45.2% of the market share in 2024. The U.S. healthcare industry drives significantly high demand for cervical cancer screening and treatment procedures in the region. A well-developed reimbursement system also ensures higher rate of adoption of premium cervical dilators that are in demand. Leading medical device companies in the U.S. have been manufacturing cervical dilators for decades and have established strong distribution and supply chain networks across the country. Some of the top dilator brands which are exclusively available in the North American market have gain significant brand recognition and prescriber loyalty over the years. This gives them an added advantage over competitors trying to enter the lucrative U.S. cervical dilator market.

The Asia Pacific region, on the other hand, has emerged as the fastest growing regional market over the past five years. The growing women population combined with rising health awareness levels in developing Asian countries is contributing majorly to the expanding demand for cervical dilation procedures. Governments of various Asia Pacific nations have started prioritizing women's healthcare as part of their public health initiatives, thus aiding the growth further.

China and India are spearheading this growth as these are medical tourism hotspots with affordable healthcare costs as compared to Western nations such as U.S., Germany and U.K. Many global cervical dilator manufacturers are actively investing in these emerging Asian countries and ramping up local production capabilities to leverage this growth opportunity. They are also undertaking targeted promotional activities focusing on health campaigns about cervical cancer screening in tier 2 and tier 3 cities.

The burgeoning private healthcare sector across Asia is further complementing this fast-paced growth by establishing new clinics, maternity centers and women's hospitals with enhanced gynecology units equipped with latest cervical screening and treatment technologies. Such rapid infrastructure development makes the Asia Pacific (APAC) region highly conducive for future penetration of cervical dilators and sustaining its growth momentum over the next five years.

Market Report Scope

Global Cervical Dilator Market Report Coverage

Report Coverage Details
Base Year: 2023 Market Size in 2024: US$ 123.5 Mn
Historical Data for: 2019 to 2023 Forecast Period: 2024 to 2031
Forecast Period 2024 to 2031 CAGR: 6.3% 2031 Value Projection: US$ 189.5 Mn
Geographies covered:
  • North America: U.S. and Canada
  • Latin America: Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, and Rest of Latin America
  • Europe: Germany, U.K., Spain, France, Italy, Russia, and Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific: China, India, Japan, Australia, South Korea, ASEAN, and Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Middle East: GCC Countries, Israel, and Rest of Middle East
  • Africa: South Africa, North Africa, and Central Africa
Segments covered:
  • By Application: IUD placement and removal, Cervical stenosis Treatment, Fertility Treatments, Parturition, Endometrial ablation, and Others
  • By Type: Reusable and Disposable
  • By End Type: Double Ended and Single Ended
  • By End User: Hospitals, Gynecology Clinics, and Academic & Research Institutes
Companies covered:

CooperSurgical Inc., MEDGYN PRODUCTS  INC., Sklar Surgical Instruments, Panpac Medical Corp., Medline Industries  LP., Medicem  Inc., Hologic  Inc., Laborie, Minerva Health Solutions Inc., Marina Medical Inc., Cook Medical, Vernacare, Teleflex Incorporated, Thomas Medical, and Surtex Instruments Limited

Growth Drivers:
  • Growing demand for cervical dilators during childbirth
  • Increasing prevalence of cervical and ovarian cancer
Restraints & Challenges:
  • High costs associated with cervical dilation procedures
  • Risk of cervical injuries associated with dilation procedures

Key Developments

  • In November 2019, Hologic, Inc., a medical device company, launched the Definity cervical dilator, a significant advancement in gynaecological procedures that uses SureAccess balloon technology too gently and effortlessly access uterine cavities without the use of a tenaculum, thereby reducing patient discomfort and the risk of perforation during dilation.

Market Segmentation

  • Application Insights (Revenue, USD Mn, 2019 - 2031)
    • IUD placement and removal
    • Cervical stenosis Treatment
    • Fertility Treatments
    • Parturition
    • Endometrial ablation
    • Others
  •  Type Insights (Revenue, USD Mn, 2019 - 2031)
    • Reusable
    • Disposable
  •  End Type Insights (Revenue, USD Mn, 2019 - 2031)
    • Double Ended
    • Single Ended
  •  End User Insights (Revenue, USD Mn, 2019 - 2031)
    • Hospitals
    • Gynecology Clinics
    • Academic & Research Institutes
  • Regional Insights (Revenue, USD Mn, 2019 - 2031)
    • North America
      • U.S.
      • Canada
    • Latin America
      • Brazil
      • Argentina
      • Mexico
      • Rest of Latin America
    • Europe
      • Germany
      • U.K.
      • Spain
      • France
      • Italy
      • Russia
      • Rest of Europe
    • Asia Pacific
      • China
      • India
      • Japan
      • Australia
      • South Korea
      • ASEAN
      • Rest of Asia Pacific
    • Middle East
      • GCC Countries
      • Israel
      • Rest of Middle East
    • Africa
      • South Africa
      • North Africa
      • Central Africa
  • Key Players Insights
    • CooperSurgical Inc.
    • Sklar Surgical Instruments
    • Panpac Medical Corp.
    • Medline Industries  LP.
    • Medicem  Inc.
    • Hologic  Inc.
    • Laborie
    • Minerva Health Solutions Inc.
    • Marina Medical Inc.
    • Cook Medical
    • Vernacare
    • Teleflex Incorporated
    • Thomas Medical
    • Surtex Instruments Limited
  • *Definition: The cervical dilator market includes medical devices used to gently stretch and open the cervix. Cervical dilators come in varying diameters that help to facilitate gradual cervical dilation during labor and before certain gynecological procedures like abortions. They are typically made of smooth, rounded plastic or meltable material that provides a lower-risk alternative to mechanical dilators for enlarging the cervix diameter by several centimeters to allow procedures or birth to proceed. Cervical dilators thus play an important role in the women.

Frequently Asked Questions

The CAGR of global cervical dilator market is 6.3%.

Growing demand for cervical dilators during childbirth and increasing prevalence of cervical and ovarian cancer are the major factor driving the growth of global cervical dilator market. .

High costs associated with cervical dilation procedures and risk of cervical injuries associated with dilation procedures are the major factor hamperings the growth of global cervical dilator market.

The leading application is the IUD placement and removal in the global cervical dilator market.  

CooperSurgical Inc., MEDGYN PRODUCTS INC., Sklar Surgical Instruments, Panpac Medical Corp., Medline Industries  LP., Medicem  Inc., Hologic  Inc., Laborie, Minerva Health Solutions Inc., Marina Medical Inc., Cook Medical, Vernacare, Teleflex Incorporated, Thomas Medical, Surtex Instruments Limited are the major players operating in the global cervical dilator market.

North America leads the global cervical dilator market.

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