Welcome to the website for DES Action UK.
We are a medical charity whose aim is to provide
information to the public and medical practioners about
DES (diethylstilboestrol), a synthetic oestrogen
prescribed in the UK until 1975 to prevent miscarriage.
Unfortunately it had several side effects that were
unknown or ignored at the time - some refer to it as
the "hidden thalidamide".
Please browse the site for further information and
you may contact the charity via post or email.
A FAQ page will be added soon, including
some drug trade names that are and
are not DES. In the meantime there is a link
to a list of DES brand names used in the States.
Finally, please be patient if you contact us
DES Action UK has only the three
trustees responding to enquiries (and all of us have other fulltime jobs).