American Natsionalny cancer Institute found that women whose mothers took diethylstilbestrol during pregnancy, are at risk of infertility and cancer the more, the older they get.
The first drug with the synthetic estrogen diethylstilbestrol was used to prevent complications during pregnancy since 1940, however, in the 50-ies revealed that against complications medication does not help, and in the 1960s it was found that diethylstilbestrol can cause a rare form of vaginal cancer among daughters who took the drug women.
Since 1971 diethylstilbestrol no longer be prescribed to pregnant women, but by the time it was born from 5 to 10 million girls.
The researchers analyzed the health status of 4500 women who were born to mothers who have used this medicine, it turned out that these women is at high risk 12 diseases, including they have double the risk of infertility, and five-fold increased risk of preterm birth.
Also these women are two times more likely to develop cancer of the cervix or vagina, and after 40 years, the chance of getting breast cancer is 80 percent.
Doctors advise all women to ask their mothers, if possible, about what they took drugs during pregnancy and not to neglect the examination of the doctor, especially after 40 years.