Lippes Loop, Intrauterine Double-S Contraceptive, Size A


White plastic intrauterine device (IUD) and inserter in a sealed paper and plastic package. The device is held in place with paper tabs on a gray, blue, and white printed paper card. Instructions are included in the package.

The Lippes Loop, a double-S, trapazoidal-shaped intrauterine device, was developed by OB-GYN Jack Lippes (1924 - 2022), a 1947 graduate of the University of Buffalo Medical School. The IUD was designed to closely fit the inside of the uterus and thereby reduce unwanted expulsion of the device. The IUD was made in several sizes: Loop Size A (22.5 mm with blue thread) was intended for nulliparous females only, that is, females who have not given birth. Lippes Loop was first marketed in 1962 and became one of the most prescribed IUDs in the United States. In 1985, Ortho Pharmaceuticals stopped marketing Lippes Loop due to reduced profitability and increased FDA regulation.

"Ortho stops marketing Lippes Loop; cites economic factors". Contraceptive technology update. 1985 Nov;6(11):149-52.

Date Made: ca 1978-1979Patent Date: 1966-05-10Product Expiration Date: 1983-04

Maker: Ortho Pharmaceutical Corporation

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: New Jersey, Raritan

Subject: Birth Control/ContraceptionWomen's Health


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Credit Line: Gift of Gladys Abell and Lester D. Johnson, Jr., M.D.

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1981.0760.076AAccession Number: 1981.0760Catalog Number: 1981.0760.076APatent Number: US3250271A

Object Name: Contraceptive, Iudcontraceptive, intrauterine device

Physical Description: paper (card, instruction material)plastic (inserter material)plastic (iud material)Measurements: overall: 3 3/4 in x 17 in x 1 in; 9.525 cm x 43.18 cm x 2.54 cm


Record Id: nmah_729428

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