'Multiload-250', intra-uterine device

Made:
1970-1981 in Dublin
From left to right:
      1981-1396 Pt9, Intra-uterine device, "Multiload-250", copper and plastic, 1970-1981.
      1981-1396 Intra-uterine device, "Multiload-250", copper and plastic, 1970-1981.
      Full view, graduated white perspex background.

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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 device, "Multiload-250", copper and plastic, 1970-1981. Full view, graduated white perspex background.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Intrauterine device, "Multiload-250", copper and plastic, 1970-1981

The intrauterine device (IUD) shown on the left dates from the 1970s. It is shaped like a spear and is wrapped in copper filament. IUDs became popular in the 1960s and 1970s. However, scares and litigation in the 1980s made them less common. An IUD works after conception. It stops a newly fertilised embryo implanting and growing in the lining of the uterus. The copper is toxic to sperm, preventing fertilisation. The IUD is now the most inexpensive long-term reversible method of contraception available.

Details

Category:
Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Contraception
Object Number:
1981-1396 Pt9
Materials:
copper and plastic
type:
intra-uterine device
credit:
Institute of Population Studies