Intra-uterine device 'Copper-Y’, 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.
Related Themes and Topics
The use of methods and techniques to prevent pregnancy from sex.
Glossary: intra-uterine device