Estrogen Medication Linked to Homosexual Tendencies

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Estrogen Medication Linked to Homosexual Tendencies


1995, Newsday, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


Women who took the synthetic estrogen DES when pregnant were more likely to have daughters with bisexual or homosexual tendencies, according to a study by a Columbia University psychologist.

Experts said the finding had important implications for a hotly debated question: Does biology play a major role in determining sexual orientation?

Researchers found that eight of the 117 daughters of women who had taken DES had bisexual or homosexual tendencies, while none did in a carefully selected 117-woman control group.

"It is a mild increase, but it is statistically significant, and it was repeated in all the subgroups we studied," said the study's lead author, Dr. Heino Meyer-Bahlburg, a professor of clinical psychology at the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Columbia University.

Women who were exposed to DES in their mothers' wombs were compared to their unexposed sisters, to unexposed women with gynecological problems similar to those caused by DES, and to a healthy control group.

In each case, psychological tests developed by the late sex researcher Alfred Kinsey showed that the women exposed to DES were significantly more likely to have homosexual or bisexual tendencies. …

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