Medicine: Doubts About lUDs

Of the various contraceptives available in the U.S. today, few have stirred more debate than the intrauterine device (IUD), which is now used by anywhere from 3 to 5 million American women. Developers of lUDs claim that the loops, coils and other designs are safe and effective. Opponents claim that they are neither. Last week actions by government agencies supported both sides of the argument.

The Department of Health, Education and Welfare ordered more than 3,000 federally funded family planning clinics to stop prescribing a device called the Dalkon Shield, which is used by more than 2 million women. HEW also asked...

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