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Related Concerns

Related Concerns

 Potential Health Risks for Women Prescribed DES While Pregnant
 Potential Health Risks for DES Daugthers
 Potential Health Risks for DES Sons
 Potential Health Risks for Third Generation (Offspring of DES Daughters and Sons)

Although scientists have answered many questions about health risks associated with exposure to DES, other questions remain unanswered. This section addresses unresolved issues that have been raised about other health problems or decisions that might be related to DES exposure.

Women prescribed DES while pregnant, DES Daughters, and DES Sons wonder if DES exposure is related to health risks that have not been confirmed by science. The following are common concerns:
  • Cancer: Are DES Daughters at an increased risk for any cancers besides clear cell adenocarcinoma (CCA) of the vagina or cervix? Are DES Sons at risk for any type of cancer?
  • Health problems other than cancer: Does exposure to DES increase risks for any other health problems (such as autoimmune diseases, osteoporosis, psychological problems, and sexual dysfunction)?
  • Hormone replacement therapy (HRT): Women considering estrogen or hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may wonder if their DES exposure should affect their decision about HRT decisions.
  • Who is DES Exposed?: Women prescribed DES for a pregnancy wonder whether the children of their other pregnancies were affected. DES Daughter and Sons wonder whether their siblings are considered DES exposed. Should the children of DES Daughters and Sons be considered DES exposed? Are there health risks for the third generation?

Remember that none of the questions addressed in this section have definitive answers. Generally, you can protect your health by staying informed and talking with a health care provider about your concerns.

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