In late 1953, my mom received a prescription for diethylstilbestrol because she had slipped on the floor and was almost seven months pregnant with me. She asked the doctor what it was and if it was safe to take, and the doctor said, "Lady, do you want your baby to die?"
She never filled the prescription.
I am here today to let you know that she did the right thing. Sh e did not listen to the doctor.
Between 1938 and 1971, approximately 5 million pregnant women were prescribed diethylstilbestrol (DES), a synthetic estrogen thought to help prevent miscarriage. Its use was discontinued when researchers found it to be ineffective and dangerous. The daughters of women who took DES have a higher risk for developing rare cancer of the vagina or cervix, called clear cell adenocarcinoma, and abnormalities of the cervix, vagina, and uterus.
Where is the science in giving a generation of pregnant women a powerful hormone during pregnancy that is never proven to prevent miscarriages but after thirty-three years
is found to be "ineffective and dangerous"?!?
DES was also given as "dry-up" shots to women who did not care to breastfeed...how many cases of breast cancer found their inception here? (I know, the article does not say that, but it is the truth...ask any L&D nurse)
The article does not say this either, but DES was used as a fattening hormone in cattle up to 1979. So everyone had a little DES on the side with their hamburger.
I love when some of you ask for evidence or references for what I say. Here it is! In the doctors own words, they increased the breast cancer rate, cervical cancer rate, vaginal cancer rate, testicular cancer rate and G-d knows how many other cancers because they gave pregnant women an unproven, quack remedy during their pregnancies...
The sons and daughters of these women have an extremely high rate of reproductive problems and cancers.
The grandchildren and now great-grandchildren of these women are being found to have the same problems...
Where is the informed consent here?
I researched DES many years ago when it was in the news. The very fact that the hormone survived the digestive process was a big red flag as to how powerful it was, yet drug companies continued to manufacture it, sell it, and doctors prescribed it. Many times women were told they were receiving a vitamin pill, when in reality they received a powerful drug that would influence them and the rest of their family line. Dr. Mendelsohn was part of the experimental study done at the University of Chicago in the mid 1940s, and that study concluded that there was NO evidence that DES prevented miscarriages. Yet it was prescribed for 25 more years.