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Ectopic IUD contraceptive. Coloured X-ray of the lower abdomen of a 28 year old female patient, showing an ectopic (abnormally positioned) intrauterine device (IUD, black). An IUD is a T-shaped piece of plastic or metal that inhibits pregnancy by preventing the fertilised egg from embedding in the uterine wall. The IUD here should be inside the uterus (lower centre).
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