To the FDA- DES Daughters, Sons and Now Grandkids! Drs Need to Know
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While researching my own gynecological symptoms, I discovered the connection between DES exposure in the fetus and health problems later in life. My mother had told me that she'd been given the drug during pregnancy, as had 5 million other women. But I never understood the impact on my own life. Unfortunately, my doctor never asked, and so getting a correct diagnosis was challenging- until I casually mentioned it during a checkup.
The drug DES (diethylstilbestrol) is an endocrine disruptor and the first-ever synthetic estrogen. Millions of pregnant women were given DES in the 1950s, 60s and early 70s as it was thought to prevent miscarriage and early labor. It did neither. Instead, DES increased the risk of breast cancers in the mothers, and cancers, infertility issues, and increased risks of several diseases in the daughters, sons and now grandchildren of those exposed. DES exposure travels through the generations, causing new, sometimes serious health issues. With millions affected, why aren't we asked on patient intake forms"Did your mother or grandmother take DES while pregnant"? This question could save a life, solve medical questions and lead us to get better health care.
(Go to www.DESAction.org for more information)
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), DES is an example of a generational tragedy. Yet, to date, this exposure question has not been included on any health history forms. This must change as it will alert doctors to be clued in to key changes in my health.
DES must be on all health questionnaires and patient intake forms just as a history of diabetes , cancer or high blood pressure etc are asked.
I will not be silenced but need many to speak. Bonnie
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