Item ID #
LEM (copper beaded tail)
Polyethylene; barium; nylon; copper
John L. Marco
Manufacturer and Distributor
Marco & Son, Inc., Oakhurst, New Jersey, USA; Searle Laboratories (USA)
42mm x 45mm, excluding tail
Polyethylene with barium sulphate for radiopacity shaped like a bug with four legs. Named after the lunar landing module, this IUD was designed for postpartum or post-abortion use - designed for retention in the enlarged, boggy postpartum uterus by means of the legs. However, the legs caused uterine perforation. The addition of the copper-beaded tail did not make the design better.
Physical rights to the device and the photograph of such are retained by Loma Linda University. Copyrights and patent rights are observed in accordance with U. S. copyright and patent laws.
Intrauterine Contraception; Intrauterine Devices; LEM; Postpartum