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June 8, 1964

Clinical Research Calms Fears, Raises Hopes About Intrauterine Contraceptive Devices

JAMA. 1964;188(10):40-41. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03060360112044

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Abstract

A decade ago, an American physician was likely to hear little but condemnation in connection with intrauterine contraceptive devices ( IUCD). Today, the medical literature reports rapidly expanding research on intrauterine devices, and some types are on the market for physician use.

The story of the intervening ten years is largely the story of clinical research. Statistics amassed during the past decade have tended to calm fears about induced malignancy and other serious complications of employing IUCD. At the same time they indicate a possible potential for worldwide use. The subject of IUCD was thus a major one when investigators, clinical gynocologists, and obstetricians gathered in Miami Beach, Fla, in May for the 20th annual meeting of the American Society for the Study of Sterility and the 12th annual meeting of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Intrauterine contraceptive devices have elicited great interest among persons looking for widely applicable

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