Support Diethylstilbestrol DES Awareness - Help spread the word about the world's first drug disaster.
Around the world, thousands, maybe millions of people are totally unaware that they were exposed to this toxic and carcinogenic drug. All of these people are not receiving proper medical treatment, or making truly informed decisions about their healthcare, as a result.
The currently proven effects of DES exposure include a rare vaginal cancer; greater risk for breast cancer; possible risk for testicular cancer; abnormal reproductive organs; infertility; and high-risk pregnancies. There are a number of other suspected effects, including auto-immune disorders, psychological disorders, but many of these effects are still awaiting further research.
Seen as a medical miracle to help women with pregnancy issues and a dependable source of steady income for pharmaceutical companies, di-ethyl stilbestrol was given to millions of women in the United States, parts of Latin America, Europe, Australia, and the Third World for decades. It was meant to be a wonder drug for expecting moms but its devastating impacts are now hitting their daughters, sons and grandchildren, decades later.
This PicBadge is from a 1957 advert claiming desPLEX would "prevent ABORTION, MISCARRIAGE and PREMATURE LABOR & recommended for routine prophylaxis in ALL pregnancies." This was only one of numerous brand names that Diethystilbestrol was sold under. It did not work. The unfortunate use of the drug DES has resulted in severe risks and consequences to the health of those who took the drug or were exposed to it in-utero. It has become an iconic image amongst the DES community.
Diethylstilbestrol effects and DES consequences are not something of the past. Whether you have been affected by this drug or not, please add this badge to your profile to raise awareness about the DES drug disaster.