Item ID #
Multiload Cu250 short stem; MLCu-250
Plastic and Metal
Polyethylene; Copper wire
Willem A. A. Van Os, Netherlands
Manufacturer and Distributor
Multilan AG, Switzerland; Organon, Netherlands
24mm (H) x 18mm (W)
Polyethylene vertical stem from which two pliable barbed arms project downward. The stem has been wrapped with 250mm2 of copper wire. The device is a hybrid of the Dalkon Shield and the Tatum T with the spurs on the side arms provide a continuous fundal-seeking effect, but to not stretch the uterine cavity. Expulsive uterine contractions result in a flexing of the apex, which increases resistance to expulsion. See: Michel Thiery, "Multiload Devices", Intrauterine Contraception: Advances and Future Prospects, p. 87-94.
Physical rights to the device and the photograph of such are retained by Loma Linda University. Copyrights and patent rights are observed in accordance with U. S. copyright and patent laws.
Intrauterine Contraception; Intrauterine Devices; Plastic IUDs; Copper wire IUDs; Multiload