Intra-uterine device 'Copper-Y’

Intra-uterine device 'Copper-Y’ (intra-uterine device) Intra-uterine devices, "copper-Y", copper and plastic, India

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Intra-uterine devices, "copper-Y", copper and plastic, India
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Intra-uterine devices, "copper-Y", copper and plastic, India, 1970-1981

Its distinctive shape and material gives the ‘Copper-Y’ intrauterine device (IUD) its name. It is a contraceptive worn inside the uterus. An IUD works after conception. It stops a newly fertilised embryo implanting and growing in the lining of the uterus. The ‘Copper-Y’ IUD is shown in the centre. It was manufactured in India. The copper is toxic to sperm, preventing fertilisation.

Details

Category:
Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Contraception
Object Number:
1981-1396 Pt3
Materials:
plastic and copper
Measurements:
overall: 38 mm x 42 mm x 3 mm, .01kg
type:
intra-uterine device
credit:
Institute of Population Studies