Intra-uterine device 'Copper-Y’

Made:
1970-1981 in India
From left to right:
      1981-1396 Pt9, Intra-uterine device, "Multiload-250", copper and plastic, 1970-1981.
      1981-1396

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From left to right: 1981-1396 Pt9, Intra-uterine device, "Multiload-250", copper and plastic, 1970-1981. 1981-1396
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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:
copper and plastic
type:
intra-uterine device
credit:
Institute of Population Studies