Catheter used in the process of IVF, Europe, 1999

Made:
1999 in United Kingdom
maker:
Unknown

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Catheter to place eggs back into womb, used in the process of IVF. Full view, black background.
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© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Plastic catheter, 'monojet' brand, unsigned, British, 1999. Used to place eggs back in the womb during the IVF process (see note).

Fertilised eggs are implanted into the womb using a catheter. The equipment is essential in IVF (in vitro fertilisation). IVF helps couples with fertility problems conceive a child.

IVF was pioneered in the UK in 1978. It is controversial. It is expensive and invasive. Only a low percentage of procedures result in a successful live birth. There is also a higher chance of multiple births causing risk to both mother and foetuses. Opponents of IVF argue unused embryos are used for experimentation. This raises issues of human rights as well as when an embryo becomes a human being.

Details

Category:
Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Contraception
Object Number:
2002-385
Materials:
plastic (unidentified) and rubber (unidentified)
type:
catheter
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
credit:
Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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