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A multi-generational image of 3 women Women Prescribed DES While Pregnant
Welcome to the portion of CDC's DES Update for women prescribed DES while pregnant. In this section, you will find the health risks associated with DES and steps you can to take protect your health and the health of your family. Links to more detailed information about DES are provided at the bottom of the page.
During 1938-1971, U.S. physicians prescribed DES to pregnant women to prevent miscarriages and other pregnancy problems. Research has confirmed that women prescribed DES while pregnant are at a modestly increased risk for:
  • Breast cancer

Information Resources for Women Prescribed DES While Pregnant
Information on Health Risks Although scientists have answered many questions about health risks associated with exposure to DES, questions remain about potential health risks and related concerns.    Recent Research for Women Prescribed DES While Pregnant For information on how such research was conducted, see Understanding DES Research.

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