DES abbreviation for diethylstilbestrol is a drug, a synthetic estrogen that was developed and prescribed to supplement a woman's natural estrogen production. It was given to "help" women who tended to have miscarriages and premature deliveries to hold onto their pregnancies.
Even though it was found to have absolutely no influence on holding onto pregnancies, (and just as many miscarriages continued to occur while on this medicine) it was still prescribed from 1938-1971 to pregnant women.
This heinous crime legally took place not only under the guise of benefitting women whose pregnancies tend to miscarry, BUT it was given out like vitamins in routine pregnancies (ie not pregnancies even at risk, but normal healthy pregnancies).
DES was, never banned and was continued to be prescribed in the U.S. as well as other countries beyond 1971. In European countries it continued to be prescribed up until 1994 in some third world countries.
Pharmacuetical companies not wanting to lose out on millions made from this drug, began to convince Farms to feed this cure all hormone Diethylstilbestrol to their Livestock, to Fatten their Cattle and chickens and increase sales.
After more than 30 years of research it is well known that DES is a teratogen that causes malformations in an embyo or fetus.
It was never tested before it was put on the market. Woman were told they were doing a good thing for their babies.
Women who took DES are at risk for Breast and other cancers. Their daughters and sons known as DES Daughters or DES Sons are at risk for cancers and infertility.
There are also 3rd generation injuries being associated with the administration of DES to the original Mothers. Injuries that are showing up not only in DES Mother's children, but also in their children's children as well.
1) Janie and Joe are having a hard time conceiving, because Janie is a DES Daughter! her Mom took Diethylstilbestrol.
2) Diethylstilbestrol (DES) was one of the first hormones used to fatten livestock, and because of this, American beef is banned in Europe.
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