Diethylstilbestrol (DES) is a medicine that was prescribed in the United States until 1971 to prevent miscarriage or premature delivery. It is no longer prescribed because it caused their children to have various medical problems.
These problems may include a slightly increased risk of infertility and changes in the reproductive organs. There is also a slightly higher risk for cancer of the cervix or vagina.
Current as of: July 21, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Sarah Marshall MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Kevin C. Kiley MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology & Lesley Ryan MD - Family Medicine