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2022-01-13 11:33:19 PM  
32 votes:
I knew it was an IUD as soon as I saw it.

I am not interested in female anatomy.
 
2022-01-14 5:48:31 AM  
28 votes:

blockhouse: Impairing a normal bodily process does not comprise "health."  Don't @ me.


Cancer is a normal bodily process.
 
2022-01-14 6:31:08 AM  
27 votes:

Prank Call of Cthulhu: When these were discussed in my high school health class one of the less bright dudes asked, "What if you, like, uh, hit that with your, uh, you know, when you're, uh, having sex? Wouldn't it hurt? Is that safe?"


It's not the worst question. And at least it shows he's thinking. Shame him for it and he won't ask important questions.
 
2022-01-14 3:08:41 AM  
21 votes:
why is this considered news?

It's not news, it's Fark.

/And farking with fewer consequences
 
2022-01-14 4:40:06 AM  
21 votes:

kittyhas1000legs: It's a bad decision, and an unreliable form of birth control (from what I've heard from women at work).


Plenty of women I know swear by the newer ones.
 
2022-01-14 5:17:56 AM  
20 votes:

anuran: kittyhas1000legs: It's a bad decision, and an unreliable form of birth control (from what I've heard from women at work).

Plenty of women I know swear by the newer ones.


The devices used to be shiat. But the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation poured money into research years ago and turned them into the most reliable form of birth control. I guess the pill might be more reliable, but the IUD is "set it and forget it."

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2015/07/31/warren-buffetts-family-secretly-funded-a-birth-control-revolution/
 
2022-01-14 4:57:04 AM  
15 votes:

kittyhas1000legs: It's a bad decision, and an unreliable form of birth control (from what I've heard from women at work).


Knew what it was the second I saw the image. My wife went to have hers removed only to told that it had become embedded. The surgical removal was $3,000 and she got to keep the device as a souvenir. I think we have it taped to a page in a nonsensical notebook covering our adventures in life together. Worth it for the baby girl I got out of the deal.

Wife did like that her periods and cramping were next to nil while this hook thing was inside her. However, she'd never suggest anyone get it because of her embedded wall experience.
 
2022-01-14 5:43:03 AM  
15 votes:
I recognized it in an instant. Not because I'm smart or woke to women's issues, but because the first time I saw one I was amazed that such a simple device could be effective. Was suspicious it would work. I mean, what if she's a gymnast, bounces around on a trampoline, sleeps on her side, elevates her legs with a medical condition? Wouldn't the fluid flow around it?

The article laughs at men's understanding, but I've always been impressed that while men know little about women's anatomy, women know more about men's physiology than men know about themselves.
 
2022-01-14 6:20:07 AM  
14 votes:

blockhouse: Impairing a normal bodily process does not comprise "health."  Don't @ me.


Half your job is helping impair normal bodily processes from infection and tumor growth to acid reflux and schizophrenic breaks. Bet you're one of the dipshiats who tears up women's contraceptive scrips and ooks "Religious Freedumb!"
 
2022-01-14 5:46:05 AM  
13 votes:

dsmith42: The devices used to be shiat. But the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation poured money into research years ago and turned them into the most reliable form of birth control. I guess the pill might be more reliable, but the IUD is "set it and forget it."


My understanding is that the differences (when the pill is taken on schedule - religiously, if you'll pardon the former-Catholic humor), fall well within statistical error. A draw, in other words. 

That said, if you're at all like me and are occasionally not 100% reliable about medication of any kind, the IUD becomes the far better choice.
 
2022-01-14 6:34:56 AM  
13 votes:

Prank Call of Cthulhu: When these were discussed in my high school health class one of the less bright dudes asked, "What if you, like, uh, hit that with your, uh, you know, when you're, uh, having sex? Wouldn't it hurt? Is that safe?"


"Don't worry, you're not that long."
 
2022-01-14 4:46:12 AM  
10 votes:
My high school health class was amazingly progressive for its time and would probably have opened the school up to a thousand lawsuits these days. One of the teaching aids was a mobile made of all the IUDs then on the market. Even the scary Dalkon Shield.
 
2022-01-14 8:56:14 AM  
8 votes:

blockhouse: Impairing a normal bodily process does not comprise "health."  Don't @ me.


Then why did you post? That cracks me up. You might as well of said, "I'm going to post something idiotic based on my own personal belief that has no basis in logic because I just like typing, and nobody better reply and give me any additional information which could possibly change my world view!"
 
2022-01-13 10:53:57 PM  
7 votes:
It's a bad decision, and an unreliable form of birth control (from what I've heard from women at work).
 
2022-01-14 6:16:56 AM  
7 votes:
The strings on those things do not feel good on the penis.
 
2022-01-14 6:18:46 AM  
7 votes:
My sister the doctor has one, prescribes them especially for women who can't take, won't take, or can't afford pills every month.
 
2022-01-14 4:14:17 AM  
6 votes:

kittyhas1000legs: It's a bad decision, and an unreliable form of birth control (from what I've heard from women at work).


Well, I thought, "WtF, why would someone bronze one of those?" so technically, I lost.

/I always thought they were, like, Teflon or Delrin or something
 
2022-01-14 4:43:37 AM  
6 votes:
Most men know what an IUD is FOR. They don't know what it looks like, because honestly, it's irrelevant to their lives.

Funny story : I had a friend that was a lesbian until she was 25, when she realized she was actually bi. Hence, for a girl that age, she was quite innocent regarding all things birth-control.
When she got into a stable realationship, she decided to get an IUD. Before going to her ob-gyn, she had to get the device at her pharmacy, and it came in a box that was as long as her forearm. She almost got a panic attack until she realize the actual device was actually much shorter.
 
2022-01-14 6:24:29 AM  
6 votes:
The picture from this article mixed with the Fark headline just above:

Fark user imageView Full Size


nzherald.co.nzView Full Size

"It's dangerous to go alone. Take this."
 
2022-01-14 6:32:42 AM  
6 votes:

Stands With A Tiny Fist: Pert: ThomasPaineTrain: It's a buttfor.

What's a buttfor?

It's for sitting on, duh.


I would also have accepted...

Fark user imageView Full Size
 
2022-01-14 6:33:15 AM  
6 votes:

steve_wmn: The concept always struck me as medieval. "We're going to shove this copper alloy thing up there past the cervix and it'll mess with the sperm and uterine lining just enough to prevent a pregnancy. Although I guess the copper is there for valid medical reasons unlike all those copper infused knee braces and whatnot.


The shape is to prevent implantation of an egg. The copper is there to make the uterine environment (aka, the chemistry) very hostile to sperm. Kills them stone dead.
 
2022-01-14 9:00:58 AM  
6 votes:

Tenatra: kittyhas1000legs: It's a bad decision, and an unreliable form of birth control (from what I've heard from women at work).

Knew what it was the second I saw the image. My wife went to have hers removed only to told that it had become embedded. The surgical removal was $3,000 and she got to keep the device as a souvenir. I think we have it taped to a page in a nonsensical notebook covering our adventures in life together. Worth it for the baby girl I got out of the deal.

Wife did like that her periods and cramping were next to nil while this hook thing was inside her. However, she'd never suggest anyone get it because of her embedded wall experience.


My Mirena tried to get embedded but it had only been in there a few weeks so they were able to remove it before it perforated anything important. It was showing up in x-ray but not ultrasound for my follow up "was it placed correctly" visit.
Always a fun time knowing a tiny thing is burrowing into your guts and they can't find it.  That's that the IUD is supposed to prevent, not cause.
 
2022-01-13 9:37:49 PM  
5 votes:
Dummies, that's a joystasis. If you hold it right, it stops you from suffering from potentially bad decisions.

/am I wrong?
//uterine bling!
 
2022-01-14 5:07:23 AM  
5 votes:
Hmmm, my first thought was a pendant for a necklace that's shaped like an IUD.
 
2022-01-14 5:46:48 AM  
5 votes:

Pert: ThomasPaineTrain: It's a buttfor.

What's a buttfor?


It's for sitting on, duh.
 
2022-01-14 6:43:30 AM  
5 votes:

Prank Call of Cthulhu: anuran: Ripcord handle for a string of anal beads

There used to be a site called "lowbrow.com" or something where people would send in weird confessions or observations and then the site would just serve them up anonymously every time you refreshed. And I recall one of them being about someone experimenting for the first time with anal beads with this girlfriend, and not really understanding how they were supposed to work, and when she said to pull them back out, he, "Yanked them out like he was rip-starting a lawn mower. There were some angry words, a little bit of poop, and some hurt feelings."


Sounds like the US election last year.
 
2022-01-14 7:14:59 AM  
5 votes:
Before clicking article, I knew it was either one of these or a menstrual cup.
(My money was on menstrual cup, to be honest)
 
2022-01-14 7:55:57 AM  
5 votes:

question_dj: The strings on those things do not feel good on the penis.


If you're hitting the cervix so hard the strings bother you, you're doing it wrong.

Or maybe the dr cut them weird?

I've had IUDs basically since I was 16. Never had anyone complain about the strings.
 
2022-01-14 6:26:44 AM  
4 votes:
The concept always struck me as medieval. "We're going to shove this copper alloy thing up there past the cervix and it'll mess with the sperm and uterine lining just enough to prevent a pregnancy. Although I guess the copper is there for valid medical reasons unlike all those copper infused knee braces and whatnot.
 
2022-01-14 6:27:10 AM  
4 votes:
Although I recognized it, why would it matter if I know what someone else's specific medical device is? I'm not your frikin' doctor.
 
2022-01-14 6:35:33 AM  
4 votes:
That's the thing that used to open sardine cans before pull tabs became a thing.
 
2022-01-14 7:01:54 AM  
4 votes:

Prank Call of Cthulhu: When these were discussed in my high school health class one of the less bright dudes asked, "What if you, like, uh, hit that with your, uh, you know, when you're, uh, having sex? Wouldn't it hurt? Is that safe?"


It hurts.  My wife's wasn't put in correctly.  There are certain times when I don't want to be poked in the penis and she didn't want her uterus stirred.

But that's if it isn't in correctly.
 
2022-01-13 9:30:22 PM  
3 votes:
HD antenna for a cell phone duh
 
2022-01-13 9:32:37 PM  
3 votes:
It's a buttfor.
 
2022-01-13 9:45:18 PM  
3 votes:
Spring and damper for RC aircraft landing gear. Do some damn research!
 
2022-01-14 5:04:55 AM  
3 votes:

Grumpy Cat: Aww. It's a pogo stick for a mouse. Cute.


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2022-01-14 5:47:37 AM  
3 votes:
Impairing a normal bodily process does not comprise "health."  Don't @ me.
 
2022-01-14 7:40:35 AM  
3 votes:

Tenatra: My wife went to have hers removed only to told that it had become embedded.


Gah!

I'm cringing, and I don't even HAVE a uterus...
 
2022-01-14 7:46:07 AM  
3 votes:

wademh: Hmmm, my first thought was a pendant for a necklace that's shaped like an IUD.


Way back in the day (40 yearsish) mom volunteered at Planned Parenthood. She got a couple of them to wear as earrings.  Mortifying to me as a teenager, but life has led me to realize that mom was (is) pretty cool.
 
2022-01-14 8:02:38 AM  
3 votes:

talkyournonsense: question_dj: The strings on those things do not feel good on the penis.

If you're hitting the cervix so hard the strings bother you, you're doing it wrong.

Or maybe the dr cut them weird?

I've had IUDs basically since I was 16. Never had anyone complain about the strings.


Once my wife finally got one put in correctly, then the string was poking at me.  I'm pretty averagely endowed. It meant we could only have sex doggy style, which is fun for a bit, but then some variety is nice.

She also bled constantly for a couple months so there wasn't any discussion about fixing the string.

We gave up on it and she's on the pill again.  I wasn't allowed to get snipped because she wants more kids.  Anyway, running off to Mexico and changing my name has gone well.
 
2022-01-14 8:55:52 AM  
3 votes:
I knew what it was the moment I saw it, so I guess that makes me enlightened, right? Now let's see how many of the tools in my garage this person can correctly identify.
 
2022-01-13 9:45:39 PM  
2 votes:
That's got to be the world's hugest fuel metering needle. I'm guessing the NOx mixture was too rich and the manifold probably landed a quarter mile away.
 
2022-01-13 10:55:12 PM  
2 votes:
Mouse-sized motorcycle handlebars.
 
2022-01-14 4:47:38 AM  
2 votes:

anuran: kittyhas1000legs: It's a bad decision, and an unreliable form of birth control (from what I've heard from women at work).

Plenty of women I know swear by the newer ones.



BY GRABTHAR'S IUD,
BY THE COILS OF WARVAN,
YOU SHALL BE AVENGED!
 
2022-01-14 5:39:31 AM  
2 votes:
An IUD.  Not as sexy as the Millennium Dalkon, though.
 
2022-01-14 7:41:49 AM  
2 votes:

Stands With A Tiny Fist: dsmith42: The devices used to be shiat. But the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation poured money into research years ago and turned them into the most reliable form of birth control. I guess the pill might be more reliable, but the IUD is "set it and forget it."

My understanding is that the differences (when the pill is taken on schedule - religiously, if you'll pardon the former-Catholic humor), fall well within statistical error. A draw, in other words. 

That said, if you're at all like me and are occasionally not 100% reliable about medication of any kind, the IUD becomes the far better choice.


This sounds like the small print behind the official failure rate for condoms -- it includes all the times people who rely on condoms as their primary contraceptive method forgot to put on a condom at all.
 
2022-01-14 7:57:12 AM  
2 votes:
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2022-01-14 8:27:27 AM  
2 votes:
I thought it was an IUD shaped pendant. It does not look insertion would be comfortable at all, and isn't that an extra loop on the back?
 
2022-01-14 9:00:07 AM  
2 votes:
Not sure why that's news.  A lot of people go around not knowing lots of things if they aren't exposed to them at some point.

If you've ever been stabbed in your dick hole by the pull strings on one of these things it can be a little disconcerting and also, good job, fire when ready.
 
2022-01-14 9:05:33 AM  
2 votes:

Robinfro: anuran: Prank Call of Cthulhu: When these were discussed in my high school health class one of the less bright dudes asked, "What if you, like, uh, hit that with your, uh, you know, when you're, uh, having sex? Wouldn't it hurt? Is that safe?"

It's not the worst question. And at least it shows he's thinking. Shame him for it and he won't ask important questions.

And a valid question. When my ex got hers we got....a bit frisky before her first cycle & it hadn't yet settled into place.

That was a big ouch on my end.


So, it's a dentata.
 
2022-01-14 9:15:30 AM  
2 votes:

steve_wmn: The concept always struck me as medieval. "We're going to shove this copper alloy thing up there past the cervix and it'll mess with the sperm and uterine lining just enough to prevent a pregnancy. Although I guess the copper is there for valid medical reasons unlike all those copper infused knee braces and whatnot.


You guess correctly.
 
2022-01-14 9:55:13 AM  
2 votes:

BrerRobot: It's that thing women put in their hoohas so they can develop health problems down there.


Nope, it's not a penis.
 
2022-01-14 10:31:21 AM  
2 votes:

kittyhas1000legs: It's a bad decision, and an unreliable form of birth control (from what I've heard from women at work).


There are different types and some are highly effective forms of birth control.
 
2022-01-13 9:33:32 PM  
1 vote:
Aww. It's a pogo stick for a mouse. Cute.
 
2022-01-13 9:41:52 PM  
1 vote:
Is it a G-Spot?
 
2022-01-13 9:47:40 PM  
1 vote:

ThomasPaineTrain: It's a buttfor.


It's always "a" buttfor.  It's never "your" buttfor.
 
2022-01-13 9:47:48 PM  
1 vote:

cameroncrazy1984: Is it a G-Spot?


No, no. There's a picture of it. It actually exists.
 
2022-01-13 9:50:11 PM  
1 vote:
Why the hell did you take the flux capacitor out of its lead-lined casing?

Great Scott!
 
2022-01-13 10:12:58 PM  
1 vote:
Does this represent her choice of where to go to dinner?
 
2022-01-13 10:45:38 PM  
1 vote:
It's an anchor for a ship in a bottle.
 
2022-01-14 4:45:21 AM  
1 vote:
obviously it's the grappling hook from a Lara Croft action figure
 
2022-01-14 4:58:30 AM  
1 vote:

Monkeyfark Ridiculous: anuran: kittyhas1000legs: It's a bad decision, and an unreliable form of birth control (from what I've heard from women at work).

Plenty of women I know swear by the newer ones.


BY GRABTHAR'S IUD,
BY THE COILS OF WARVAN,
YOU SHALL BE AVENGED!


By the Menses of Mirena and the Lusty Loop of Lippe I absurd thee, Jabiru, Leptoptilos, and Mycteria!
 
2022-01-14 6:55:42 AM  
1 vote:

Stands With A Tiny Fist: Prank Call of Cthulhu: When these were discussed in my high school health class one of the less bright dudes asked, "What if you, like, uh, hit that with your, uh, you know, when you're, uh, having sex? Wouldn't it hurt? Is that safe?"

"Don't worry, you're not that long."


I'm "not that long." Believe I felt a woman's diaphragm, with it being quite solid and uncomfortable. But I also have to consider it was approaching 5:00 a.m., we were quite drunk, and not in the best or most comfortable of locations--on the bleachers of a local HS football stadium, just in front of the press box (her yard abutted the HS campus; I'd gotten high in her yard, years before I knew her and that it was her yard). The sun came up while we were occupied. I sat up to learn there were several joggers circling the track. I've always wondered how long they were there, what they may have seen, and if they'd seen her there before.
 
2022-01-14 6:59:29 AM  
1 vote:
It's the pull start handle to a gas powered vagina.
 
2022-01-14 7:43:27 AM  
1 vote:

steve_wmn: The concept always struck me as medieval. "We're going to shove this copper alloy thing up there past the cervix and it'll mess with the sperm and uterine lining just enough to prevent a pregnancy. Although I guess the copper is there for valid medical reasons unlike all those copper infused knee braces and whatnot.


Pre-medieval, actually.  Roman women would use the shells of small turtles, apparently.

/they also had "the sponge"; basically wool soaked with olive oil
 
2022-01-14 7:56:58 AM  
1 vote:
TFA Headline: "This picture is stumping most men: Do you know what the item is?"

TFA: Exactly one answer that isn't an obvious joke.

Hey NZ Herald, giving a joke answer != Not knowing what an IUD is.

/Clickbait garbage headline.
 
2022-01-14 8:02:26 AM  
1 vote:

wademh: Recoil Therapy: wademh: Hmmm, my first thought was a pendant for a necklace that's shaped like an IUD.

Way back in the day (40 yearsish) mom volunteered at Planned Parenthood. She got a couple of them to wear as earrings.  Mortifying to me as a teenager, but life has led me to realize that mom was (is) pretty cool.

I'll need to know if they were fresh or had been removed before I opine.


Being a mortified teenager* I never asked but I'd assume fresh but rejected for whatever reason (or at least run through the sterilizer a few times).

/* I shouldn't have worried. Nobody I knew would have recognized them. And I never overheard her laughing hysterically with a friend about someone who did.
 
2022-01-14 8:21:23 AM  
1 vote:
It's on the Rhode Island stat seal thingy! 
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2022-01-14 8:37:40 AM  
1 vote:
It's the poultry timer for the game of life.  When it pops out, your goose is cooked...
 
2022-01-14 8:49:37 AM  
1 vote:
This is a Soviet MIRV-Six, from an SS-22N launch vehicle. The warhead contains 14.5 kilos of enriched uranium, with a plutonium trigger. The nominal yield is 10 kilotons.

Either that, or a snow cone maker.
 
2022-01-14 9:05:34 AM  
1 vote:
*click*
IUD

how stupid are most men?

I regret to ask
 
2022-01-14 9:21:29 AM  
1 vote:
Well, since the ladies are so smug and seem to know everything, do they know what this is?

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2022-01-14 9:36:00 AM  
1 vote:

Harlee: steve_wmn: The concept always struck me as medieval. "We're going to shove this copper alloy thing up there past the cervix and it'll mess with the sperm and uterine lining just enough to prevent a pregnancy. Although I guess the copper is there for valid medical reasons unlike all those copper infused knee braces and whatnot.

You guess correctly.


I was actually trying to spin the conversation into a side discussion on Copperfit snake oil.
 
2022-01-14 10:16:06 AM  
1 vote:
it's an IED, duh
 
2022-01-14 10:34:49 AM  
1 vote:

Stands With A Tiny Fist: dsmith42: The devices used to be shiat. But the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation poured money into research years ago and turned them into the most reliable form of birth control. I guess the pill might be more reliable, but the IUD is "set it and forget it."

My understanding is that the differences (when the pill is taken on schedule - religiously, if you'll pardon the former-Catholic humor), fall well within statistical error. A draw, in other words. 

That said, if you're at all like me and are occasionally not 100% reliable about medication of any kind, the IUD becomes the far better choice.


Antibiotics don't interfere with the IUD like it does with pills. I loved my IUD,I have never had sex without birth control,not ever. I still have two kids.
 
2022-01-14 10:37:11 AM  
1 vote:

Dr.Fey: [Fark user image image 191x127]


All I ever see is you...

Uncle Charlie's Summer Camp FTW
 
2022-01-14 11:52:59 AM  
1 vote:

bughunter: kittyhas1000legs: It's a bad decision, and an unreliable form of birth control (from what I've heard from women at work).

Well, I thought, "WtF, why would someone bronze one of those?" so technically, I lost.

/I always thought they were, like, Teflon or Delrin or something


Some are plastic, some are copper. Depends on if it's hormonal or not. Copper IUDs are a solid choice for women that can't use hormonal birth control. I thought about getting one bc I'm over 35 and I have APS* so I can't use hormonal BC due to stroke risk. Thankfully my bf got snipped instead and does his followup testing religiously.

*APS or antiphospholipid syndrome. Mostly women get it. It causes your blood to clot too much. Most women discover they have it when they miscarry. Being childfree by choice I found out I had it by tons of testing after having an occular stroke at 35 and going blind in my right eye. Pregnancy is dangerous af for APS sufferers and to carry to term takes tons of monitoring and care.
 
2022-01-14 11:57:11 AM  
1 vote:

jimjays: Was suspicious it would work. I mean, what if she's a gymnast, bounces around on a trampoline, sleeps on her side, elevates her legs with a medical condition? Wouldn't the fluid flow around it?


That... that's not how any of it works.
 
2022-01-14 12:22:43 PM  
1 vote:
ok on the fark main page, the headline right above this one, is way better for this one.

It's dangerous to go alone. Take this
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2022-01-14 12:35:18 PM  
1 vote:
Tie pin for OBGYN.
 
2022-01-14 12:48:42 PM  
1 vote:
That is the t-handle from a mouse's drag ski lift.
 
2022-01-14 6:42:56 PM  
1 vote:

Notabunny: cameroncrazy1984: Is it a G-Spot?

No, no. There's a picture of it. It actually exists.


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