Duogynon - application and effects

Duogynon is a medication from Schering that was used in Germany in the 1960s and 1970s both as a pregnancy test and for the treatment of missed menstrual periods. It was available as an injection and dragee form. Although a British study in 1967 linked Duogynon to malformations during pregnancy, it was still sold in Germany. Even an English ban on the drug in 1970 could not stop sales in Germany. In 1978 Duogynon was renamed Cumorit and continued to move. Despite worldwide criticism, the drug was only withdrawn from circulation in Germany in 1981. Until 1987, however, it was sold in other countries such as many African countries, Colombia, Mexico and the Philippines.

Duogynon-related malformations

Duogynon was composed of the female sex hormones progesterone and estradiol. Bleeding could be triggered in a few days by taking the preparation. Failure to do so indicated pregnancy. According to media reports, around 1,000 women who took Duogynon during pregnancy gave birth to sick or disabled children. The numerous diseases and disabilities included water head, deformities of the extremities, cleft lip and palate, heart defects and malformations of the genitals, open back, open stomach and open urethra. Many sufferers still suffer from the severe effects of the drug to this day.

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Video: Duogynon-Geschädigte: Hoffnung nach Durchbruch in England. Kontrovers. BR24 (October 2021).