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, diethylstilbestrol was a common medication administered by doctors 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.
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 DES Daughter Domino Albert to learn about her journey. Click here to listen to the interview. Stay tuned!