Developer

John L. Marco

Item ID #

TCC-D3-I-037

Device

LEM (copper beaded tail)

Device Type

Multiple plane

Classification

intrauterine

Composition

Polyethylene; barium; nylon; copper

Developer

John L. Marco

Manufacturer and Distributor

Marco & Son, Inc., Oakhurst, New Jersey, USA; Searle Laboratories (USA)

Size

42mm x 45mm, excluding tail

Description

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.

Preview

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Creation Date

1972

Rights

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.

Keywords

Intrauterine Contraception; Intrauterine Devices; LEM; Postpartum

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