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Pregnant 'DES daughters' and their offspring

Tal Schechter, MD Yaron Finkelstein, MD Gideon Koren, MD, FRCPC

April 2005



I am a 34-year-old woman in my second trimester of pregnancy. My mother took diethylstilbestrol when she was pregnant with me. Could my expected child be affected by this?


Animal studies suggest the child could be affected, but little data on humans strongly support this. You could plan to have your child monitored for a potential, though unlikely, effect.


Je suis une femme de 34 ans et j'en suis à mon deuxième trimestre de grossesse. Ma mère a pris du diéthylstilboestrol lorsqu'elle était enceinte de moi. L'enfant que je porte pourrait-il en être affecté?


Des études sur les animaux donnent à croire que l'enfant pourrait en être affecté mais très peu de données concernant les humains appuient cette conclusion de manière convaincante. Vous pourriez prévoir de faire vérifier votre enfant pour détecter des effets possibles mais peu probables.

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