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Monday, May 21, 2018

Grandchildren of Women Prescribed A Now-Banned Pregnancy Drug Still Experiencing Affects Of Meds

Diethylstilbestrol or DES was created to mimic natural hormones, including estrogen. Starting in the 1940s, it was prescribed to prevent miscarriages and other pregnancy complications. But a 1971 study confirmed that children of people who took DES while pregnant were more likely to develop rare genital cancers, infertility, genital defects, and mental health issues. These children became known as DES daughters and DES sons. It was later found DES increased the chances of DES daughters miscarrying if they became pregnant. Following publication of the 1971 study, DES was quickly taken off the shelves. In 1989, researchers studied 47,540 women and their combined 106,198 children via questionnaires mailed every two years. It showed mothers who took DES while pregnant were 36% more likely to have a child with ADHD. Other research shows DES has lasting negative brain impact and increases the chance of infertility in grandchildren. These studies confirm DES exposure can reach past one generation, affecting people decades after use. This video was produced by YT Wochit News using