Diethylstilbestrol (DES) is a medication prescribed in the United
States between 1948 and 1971 to prevent miscarriage or premature delivery. It
is no longer prescribed because it was found to cause various medical problems
in the children of the women who used it.
Daughters born to women who took DES while pregnant have a slightly
higher risk of developing:
Sons born to women who took DES while pregnant have a slightly
higher risk of abnormalities of the scrotum and decreased sperm counts.
January 10, 2011
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & William Gilbert, MD - Maternal and Fetal Medicine
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