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What Would You Do?
What would you do if you found out that a drug that had been given to your mother while pregnant with you could prevent you from having children? Diethylstilbestrol (or Di-ethyl-Stilbestrol) or DES is the first synthetic man made female sex hormone (oestrogen) prescribed for public use mainly between 1938 and 1971 (but not limited to those years). Used primarily to prevent miscarriage and complications in pregnancy, in North America, Europe, and Australia for more than 40 years. Aggressive marketing pushed DES (spelled diethylstilboestrol in the UK) to also be used for more than 100 additional medical conditions. Never patented, DES was marketed using hundreds of brand names in the mistaken belief it prevented miscarriages and premature deliveries.
Stopped But Never Banned?
In November 1971 the FDA told doctors to stop prescribing DES for their pregnant patients, however it was never banned. Specifically, the FDA said DES was contraindicated for pregnancy use. In some rare cases American doctors either didn’t hear of, or simply ignored the message and continued prescribing DES. Internationally, DES use during pregnancy continued for many subsequent years. In September 2000 the FDA withdraws approval of DES for use in humans. (It is still successfully used by veterinarians to treat incontinence in dogs).
In the United States, an estimated 5–10 million people were exposed to DES, including women who were prescribed DES while pregnant, and the children born of those pregnancies. The exposure to DES can not only affect the health of the mother but of the children of a DES Mother. Be that as it may, DES Mothers are women prescribed DES while pregnant and DES Daughters are women whose mothers were given DES while pregnant with them. While there are many women and children whose health has suffered because of DES, this scandal is still one of the biggest in history that not many people are even aware of.
Tune in to this segment of The Organic View Radio Show, as host, June Stoyer is joined by a DES Daughter, to learn about her journey at 12pmEST/9amPST on August 15, 2012. Click here to listen to the interview. Stay tuned!
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