Diethylstilbestrol (DES) is a medicine that was 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 for:
Sons born to women who took DES while pregnant have a slightly higher risk of abnormalities of the scrotum and decreased sperm counts.
Primary Medical ReviewerSarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerKirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Current as ofMarch 12, 2014
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