DES’ Adverse Effects Continue by DES Daughter published on 2016-12-29T07:58:54Z A cluster of clear-cell adenocarcinomas of the vagina in young women led to the realization some 40 years ago that almost all their mothers had taken diethylstilbestrol during pregnancy — a drug in wide use in the early 1950s. In a follow-up to that drug disaster, researchers (including one of the authors of the original reports in the early 1970s) have examined reproductive health in a large cohort of women exposed to DES in utero. Their results were published in the New England Journal of Medicine - http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1013961 - and they show that the health effects apparently continue beyond the reproductive years. With that cohort — the baby boomers — now entering the stage of their lives when health visits start to increase, it’s worthwhile for clinicians to be briefed on these long-term effects. In Journal Watch Women's Health, Dr. Andrew Kaunitz says the findings highlight "the importance of lifelong monitoring of DES daughters (including mammography and cervical cytology)" and "vigilance for possible unexpected health outcomes in this population (as well as their offspring)." Source: https://podcasts.jwatch.org/index.php/podcast-133-over-50-years-later-dess-adverse-effects-continue/2011/10/08/ - October 6, 2011.