Re: Hormone shot to prevent miscarriage in 1956
It's very possible that your mother was given DES (diethylstilbestrol), a synthetic form of estrogen. This was a hormone often prescribed between 1940 and 1971 to help women with certain complications of pregnancy and to prevent miscarriage.
DES has been linked to an uncommon cancer of the vagina or cervix in a small number of daughters of women who had used DES during pregnancy.
When a mother was given DES during the first 5 months of a pregnancy, it was discovered (too late) that it could interfere with the development of the reproductive system in a fetus.
It's important for DES-exposed daughters to be aware of the possible health effects of DES, so do tell your doctor about your mother's history.