DES (diethylstilbestrol), a toxic and carcinogenic synthetic estrogen, is the world's first drug disaster. It was prescribed to millions of pregnant women for decades: from 1938 until 1971 (and in a small number of cases for several years thereafter) in the United States; and until the mid-1980s in parts of Latin America, Europe, Australia, and the Third World.
Because DES was also used in animal feed, it was ingested by men, women, and children who ate poultry and meat for decades.
Effects of exposure include a rare vaginal cancer in DES Daughters; greater risk for breast cancer in DES Mothers; risk for testicular cancer in DES Sons; abnormal reproductive organs; infertility; high-risk pregnancies; and an increased risk for breast cancer in DES Daughters after age 40.
The DES story is very timely. Women are undergoing infertility treatments with hormones and HRT interventions with additional hormones. If they don't know that they're a DES Daughter, they are unaware that they were exposed to unnaturally high levels of a synthetic estrogen before birth. That has to be of concern when using additional hormones.
People also need to know if they were exposed to DES so they can make informed medical choices and get the medical screenings they need to protect their health.
Most doctors don't even know that DES Daughters need a special Pap screening. That is because most doctors aren't learning about DES in medical school. As a result, millions of men and women are not receiving the proper checkups, tests, and treatments from doctors because they do not know about their exposure.Read more ›
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