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Dalkon Shield

Contrary to the coils used today, the Dalkon Shield was unsafe and dangerous. The coil was rather large and accordingly difficult to insert and remove.

As a result, the retrieval threads consisted of several threads plaited together (multifilament) which worked as a “ladder” for bacteria. The retrieval threads of other coils consist of just one single thread (monofilament).


Read also the paper by Kathryn Goldberg Designing the popularity of the dalkon shield

Inventory number: 1587
Material: cardboard, plastic
Dimensions, in cm: 26,6 x 2,1 x 0,5
Date: 1971
Condition: very good
Manufactor: A.H. Robins
Donor: Frederick Schmidt