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Intra-uterine device 'Copper-Y’, India, 1970-1981

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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.

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1981-1396 Pt3

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Glossary: intra-uterine device

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