Effect of diethylstilbestrol on reproductive function

Fertility and Sterility
J M Goldberg, T Falcone


To review the effects of in utero exposure to diethylstilbestrol (DES) on müllerian development and subsequent reproductive function. The literature on DES and reproductive function was reviewed and summary data are presented. The studies were identified through the computerized MEDLINE database and a manual search of relevant bibliographies. In utero exposure to DES resulted in reduced fertility and increased rates of ectopic pregnancy, spontaneous abortion, and preterm delivery. An understanding of the reproductive performance of women who were exposed to DES in utero is useful for counseling these patients regarding their risks and treatment options.


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