'The Comet': A New Contraceptive Device
Asilicone polymer-coated intrauterine contraceptive device has been used in 200 patients by Long Island clinicians.The new coil has caused no detectable tissue injury and has the prime advantage of easy detection by the woman wearing it.Expulsion, removal, and pregnancy rates with the device—called "The Comet"—are comparable to, if not smaller than, the four other coils now in use, according to Jerome Schwartz, MD, and Franklin Reyner, MD. No nulliparous patients have been studied.A stainless steel ring, spirallywound, is coated with the polymer (Silastic), the investigators told the section on obstetrics and gynecology. A tail of the same inert material is attached with two beads at the end for convenient patient palpation.The device is easily autoclaved for cleaning without changes in shape.Dr. Schwartz is director of obstetrics and gynecology, Hempstead General Hospital.
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