DES DaughtersWomen exposed to DES or diethystilbestrol prenatally require special care during pregnancy due to an increased risk of complications such as ectopic pregnancy and premature labor and delivery. However, with proper care most women achieve and maintain healthy full term pregnancies.
Some DES exposed women experience an increased risk of fertility problems, however pregnancy is easily achieved for most DES daughters, making routine infertility evaluation unnecessary.
The greatest risk to DES daughters is increased risk for a rare form of cervical or vaginal cancer called clear cell carcinoma. Abnormal cell changes on the cervix may occur more frequently among DES daughters which, most often, should be treated.
DES daughters need regular pelvic exams at all ages. The pelvic exam for DES daughters is slightly different from the normal pelvic exam and includes a separate Pap smear of the upper vagina. If DES-related changes are detected during a pelvic exam, pelvic exams more than once a year are frequently required.
If you have been exposed to DES it is important to take care of your health. Although most DES daughters and sons, won't experience any adverse health effects it's important to stay informed about possible consequences and keep a close watch on your health.