Future Developments in Intrauterine Contraception

  • G. I. Zatuchni
  • J. J. Sciarra
Part of the Developments in Obstetrics and Gynecology book series (DIOG, volume 5)


In 1909, Dr. Richard Richter, a Polish gynecologist published his experience with the first intrauterine device, which was made of silkworm gut in the form of a ring (Richter 1909). The insertion technique was described and Dr. Richter’s results are best summarized in a translation of his own words:

After many years of testing and improving I am able to offer to my colleagues a simple, safe contraceptive. This is a silkworm gut suture which is inserted into the uterus. Irritation of the endometrium by the thread is so that the majority of women never feel it, yet it does prevent pregnancy. In some of my cases, women have used the device for almost four years. Insertion is easy… minor bleeding stops after a few days… Removal is easy as the thread can be pulled out of the uterus with a forceps. Following removal, fertility is restored.


Pelvic Inflammatory Disease Uterine Cavity Expulsion Rate Pelvic Infection Drug Regulatory Agency 
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  • G. I. Zatuchni
  • J. J. Sciarra

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