October 20, 2009
NEW YORK–(Business Wire)–
Sheldon J. Segal, of New York City, who guided the development of long-acting contraceptives used by more than 120 million women around the globe, died October 17 at his Woods Hole, Mass. home. He was 83 years old.
Segal led a team of Population Council scientists in the research on and
development of Norplant, the first contraceptive implant; the Mirena
intrauterine system; and copper-bearing intrauterine devices (IUDs). He also
oversaw initial studies of contraceptive vaginal rings.
His 1999 book Is Menstruation Obsolete?, written with Elsimar M. Coutinho,
promoted the view that monthly menstruation is not medically beneficial. In
2003, Segal published Hormone Use in Menopause and Male Andropause: A Choice for Women and Men, co-authored with his lifelong friend Luigi Mastroianni, Jr., and Under the Banyan Tree: A Population Scientist’s Odyssey, his analysis of the effects of population growth and a passionate plea for the education of girls.