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IUD contraceptive and sperm cells

IUD contraceptive and sperm cells. Computer artwork of an intrauterine device (IUD, red and white, centre) in a womans uterus, surrounded by sperm cells (white, not to scale). The IUD is a contraceptive device that is implanted in the uterus to prevent pregnancy. It does not interfere with the sperm cells (male reproductive cells), one of which may fertilise an egg cell (female reproductive cell). However, when a fertilised egg tries to implant in the wall of the uterus, the shape and material of the IUD disrupts this process. This IUD has a coil (red), made of a metal such as copper. If the implantation fails, the fertilised egg is lost during menstruation. This view looks upwards into the uterus. The loop and string at bottom are used to remove the IUD if it is no longer needed

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Birth Control Birth Control Treatment Coil Contraception Contraceptive Copper Device Family Planning Gamete Gametes Metal Pregnancy Preventing Prevention Re Production Reproductive Sperm Spermatozoa Spermatozoon Uterine Uterus Womb Cells Computer Artwork Health Care Intrauterine Device


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This print from Science Photo Library showcases the intricate relationship between an IUD contraceptive and sperm cells within a woman's uterus. The computer artwork vividly depicts the red and white intrauterine device at the center, surrounded by white sperm cells (not to scale). The IUD is a highly effective contraceptive method that prevents pregnancy by implanting it in the uterus. Remarkably, it does not interfere with the male reproductive cells, known as spermatozoa, which have the potential to fertilize an egg cell. However, when a fertilized egg attempts to attach itself to the uterine wall, the unique shape and material of this copper coil disrupts this process. Through this visually striking image taken from an upward perspective into the uterus, we gain insight into both technological advancements in contraception and biological processes within our bodies. This medical marvel serves as a crucial tool for family planning and birth control treatment. The loop and string visible at the bottom of this image play an essential role in removing the IUD if it is no longer needed or desired. By capturing these elements through computer artwork, Science Photo Library offers us a glimpse into cutting-edge technology merging with biology for enhanced healthcare solutions. This awe-inspiring illustration beautifully encapsulates key concepts such as reproduction, prevention of pregnancy, gametes (spermatozoa), contraception methods like intrauterine devices (IUDs), human anatomy (the uterus), health care advancements, and more - all contributing towards empowering individuals in making informed choices about their reproductive well-being.

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