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Effects of Diethylstilbestrol (DES) Exposure

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Effects of Diethylstilbestrol (DES) Exposure

Overview

People exposed to diethylstilbestrol (DES) before birth have an increased risk of certain health problems. These problems may include a slightly increased risk of infertility or changes in the reproductive organs. There's also a slightly higher risk for cancer of the cervix or vagina.

DES is no longer used because of these risks.

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Current as of: March 1, 2023

Author: Healthwise Staff
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