So growing up, I had heard stories about my maternal grandmother, and her issues with holding on to a pregnancy she had many losses, early and late, and even lost a child after birth. I was told by my mother and my 3 other Aunt's that my grandmother was given DES with most of them to keep the pregnancies, including my the pregnancy with my Mother. Then as time went on, I began to hear about my own mother's struggles to stay pregnant. She had 12+ miscarriages, and only 2 lives births in 15+ years. Of course back then, the DR's never had ANY answers for that type of thing. I am Lucky to be here and alive...
I was not until about 6 months ago, I started to connect the dots in regards to what I am experiencing. I have to wonder, if it may be related. Then the question is, if it is hereditary, or if it is due to the drugs that were taken by my Grandmother, that they are now finding to cause harm to the 3rd generation men and women of the people who were exposed. that's right, their GRANDchildren are now having issues link to the use of this terrible drug. I also believe strongly that my mother's breast cancer (which is in remission now) was due to the use of DES in my grandmother.
here is a quote I took off the CDC's website on DES.
"In the United States, an estimated 5-10 million persons were exposed to DES during 1938-1971, including women who were prescribed DES while pregnant and the female and male children born of these pregnancies. In 1971, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Drug Bulletin advising physicians to stop prescribing DES to pregnant women because it was linked to a rare vaginal cancer in female offspring.
More than 30 years of research have confirmed that health risks are associated with DES exposure. However, not all exposed persons will experience the following DES-related health problems.
Women prescribed DES while pregnant are at a modestly increased risk for breast cancer.
Women exposed to DES before birth (in the womb), known as DES Daughters, are at an increased risk for clear cell adenocarcinoma (CCA) of the vagina and cervix, reproductive tract structural differences, pregnancy complications, and infertility. Although DES Daughters appear to be at highest risk for clear cell cancer in their teens and early 20s, cases have been reported in DES Daughters in their 30s and 40s (Hatch, 1998).
Men exposed to DES before birth (in the womb), known as DES Sons, are at an increased risk for non-cancerous epididymal cysts.
Researchers are still following the health of persons exposed to DES to determine whether other health problems occur as they grow older."
Pretty Alarming right? You can go and find several places with info on the 3rd generation DES victims and it is just crazy! I am I suppose a little relieved to know I have a possible lead to figuring out why I have lost so many pregnancies, be it hereditary issues or stuff that stems form the DES, which I believe, is a combo of the two frankly. But, then I go back to, "what now!?" There is still NOTHING they can do for me. Well, at least the medical Community...
All I can do is PRAY, and keep on keepin on...I do believe we will get our miracle baby...It is just that the waiting sucks...
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