This section of CDC's DES Update contains brief summaries of recently published research regarding the health of women who were exposed to DES. Each summary includes highlights from the study and a citation so you can look up the journal article if you want more information. Reading the entire article may give you a better understanding of the study. For help interpreting or understanding research results, refer to Understanding DES Research.
Although many DES studies have been published since 1971, only the most recent are summarized in this section. Following are the titles of the DES research summaries in this section. A comprehensive list of research studies or bibliography is also available.
The research summarized in this section can be considered trustworthy and was selected because
- each study had data from a substantial number of persons whose DES exposure was confirmed;
- the study was published in a journal that uses the peer-review process; and
- the researchers were considered objective and highly qualified to conduct the research.
To read all the article summaries, view or download the PDF.
As you read these research summaries, remember that researchers work with groups and averages. Situations exist in which a person's health does not fit the average experience represented in the research.