New AFSSAPS DES survey and update

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AFSSAPS offices - 2011 DES survey and update

Between 2010.09.10 and 2010.10.10, the National French Agency for the Safety of Health Products (AFSSAPS) conducted a DES survey aimed at assessing the knowledge of gynecologists and obstetricians regarding the complications associated with Dietylstilbestrol exposure as well as evaluate their expectations in terms of information campaign about this issue.
This survey was conducted in collaboration with the French National Federation of Medical Gynecology Colleges, the National College of French Gynecologists and Obstetricians, and the French Company and Gynecology Group for the Study of In vitro fertilization in France.

A total of 204 completed questionnaires were returned. Gynecologists who responded were generally aware of the consequences of DES exposure with 71% of them having at least one patient exposed to Diethylstilbestrol in utero.

AFSSAPS DES survey results

Analysis of the responses regarding the level of knowledge about DES exposure suggested that:

  • A majority of practitioners have an imperfect / limited knowledge of its consequences
  • Investigating DES exposure in situations which suggests potential exposure is not systematic
  • Genital anatomic abnormalities in boys exposed in utero are not well known by gynecologists
  • Knowledge of the risks faced by the third generation is very limited, yet it is important to continue monitoring these children to assess the multi-generational effects
  • The “memory” of the consequences of DES exposure is lost with the new generation of doctors
  • Recent data on the third generation is largely unknown
  • Almost half of the practitioners who responded requested a new DES information campaign

AFSSAPS DES update June 2011

As a result of the 2010 survey, AFSSAPS decided to publish a DES update aimed at DES exposed individuals and health professionals. The publication released in June 2011 emphasizes the gynecologists and obstetricians’ crucial role in recognizing DES exposure, informing their patients about its consequences and referring them to specialists for adequate care and monitoring. It also highlights the crucial role of DES patients in handing down the “record” of their exposure to the next generations.

The AFSSAPS 2011 DES update covers the following topics:

  • DES historical facts
  • Current issues
  • Risks associated with DES exposure
  • Breast cancer risks
  • Post adolescent psychiatric disorders – Later this year AFSSAPS plans to conduct a public hearing for experts to reexamine their facts on this matter.
  • Risks for the 3rd generation
  • How to screen DES exposure
  • Routine medical follow-up
  • Recommendations for fertility problems
  • DES pregnancy care

As a DES daughter and mother of 3 girls who may also be affected (only time will tell …), I really welcome these efforts from AFSSAPS and I believe this is a very important document which will serve as a reference for years to come. The results of the survey and the update are available to download from the AFSSAPS website in French. AFSSAPS is circulating this information through professional organisms to reach out to health professionals.

I sincerely hope AFSSAPS and the French government will follow through with additional efforts to spread the word, and reach out not only to all doctors, but also to the general public. With the recent Mediator scandal maybe AFSSAPS doesn’t want to make too much noise about the DES tragedy but at the end of the day it is our health and our children health which are at stake and we have the right to know.

AFSSAPS Downloads

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Download the 2011 AFSSAPS DES report
AFSSAPS DES report 2011 image
Téléchargez le rapport AFSSAPS 2011

The AFSSAPS DES Update 2011 was promised by one of their doctors who attended the DES conference in Paris in November 2010. It is very widely based on the Réseau DES France publication which followed the conference. It is an official text for gynecologists, obstetricians and doctors. The English translation has been coordinated by Réseau DES France and reviewed by Carol Devine (DES Australia NSW), Pr Tournaire and myself.

Thanks go to Pam Solere for her trust and encouragements.

3 Replies to “New AFSSAPS DES survey and update”

  1. One of the very good things to come from this incident, is that people are now less willing to take drugs and supplements that have not had a long history of positive results.

  2. I was born two months premature 0n March 1962 due to some RH Factors. My Mother was treated with high doses of a synthetic hormone called Diethylstilbestrol (DES). I have physical defects as a result namely epididymal cysts, micro phallus, infertility, stunted secondary sex development and a life long battle with major depression. Early treatment was focused on my depressions and I was labeled Bi-polar as a result, a diagnoses complicated by my deepest secret being withheld from doctors. This critical information was not only a secret from professionals, but also my family, friends and my priest, casting me in a cage of shame and guilt and I seemingly powerless to be free.Even as a child I knew I was different! From around age five I knew I was really a female even thou I was seemingly born male. Something went terribly wrong along the way. I never understood why I felt the way I did. I only knew the conflict between my sense of being and the worlds expectations. This unrelenting prison was an oppressive nightmare that never lifted. To make matters worse my understandings of gender vs. sexuality were confused. You see even thou the feeling of gender where female my sexual attractions were not congruent, namely I had no attraction to men and very little attraction toward women. As you can imagine I was a very confused youth. In 1985 I first realized others existed like myself, only instead of making me feel better I got worse, sadness and despairs grip was firm until 2009. While in a hospital waiting room on behalf of my Mother I read an article pointing to the hardwired issue to GID ( gender identity disorder) and DES Sons. This connection is based in the brain. DES is a drug the FDA banned in 1973 after some 50 years of use because of its established mutant qualities. The synthetic hormone was used in preventing miscarriage and later with prostate cancer patients. The drugs primary action was as a anti LS Hormone (Luteinizing Hormone) produced in the Pituitary Gland that directs sex hormone production and development of antigens, namely Testosterone. recent studies conducted have confirmed natal DES Sons have shown marked under development in several areas as well as endocrine imbalance’s. These effects have been shown to alter the size and activity of the Hypothalamus and Pituitary Glands as well as the grey matter within the brain. These glands represent the largest impact on sexual development and behavior of any gland . The result of natal exposure leaves the effected patient /child with the brain of a female even if it is in conflict to DNA markers. The time of ignoring the DES Son must end , the suffering has gone on to long.
    Nehael Jae

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