IUD Tailstring with Bacteria (TEM)

IUD Tailstring with Bacteria (TEM)

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Credit: DAVID M. PHILLIPS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Caption: Color enhanced Transmission Electron Micrograph (TEM) showing bacteria caught in the area between the 4 microfilaments of the Dalkon Shield tailstring. The Dalkon Shield was an IUD (intrauterine device) aggressively marketed to women in the early 70s, even though the manufacturer knew of safety problems. Bacteria from one end of the tailstring, in the vagina, could wick to the other end, in the uterus, resulting in pelvic infection and pelvic inflammatory disease. Magnification X12,000 at 8 x10 .

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