For DES Babies


Diethylstilbestrol (DES) was a drug given to pregnant women to prevent miscarriage. Perscribed in the United States from 1938 until its banning in 1971, DES caused a myriad of side effects to the mothers who took the drug and their babies in utero, now referred to as DES babies.

I am a DES baby. My pending novel, The House that Loved, tells my story.

This page will be dedicated to providing information to DES babies and their descendants.

If you are a DES Baby or a descendant of a DES baby, you may join the following Facebook Group: DES Tragedy:DES Exposed. For more information on the side effects of DES, read the National Cancer Institutes’s post, The American Cancer Society’s post, or for information on the mental disorder effects read the following:

 The House that LovedA DES Story coming in 2024.

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Did your mother, grandmother, or great-grandmother take the drug diethylstilbestrol (DES)?

Multigenerational Effects of Diethylstilbestrol are still being researched. Descendants may join the DES Third Generation Impacts Facebook Group.

If you have a DES story you would like to share with CJ Zahner, please send two or three sentences to her through the contact page or email her at

[email protected].

Read other womens’ inspiring DES stories: Susan Helmrich  

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