Research into the use of prenatal dex for CAH, Anne Tamar-Mattis of Advocates for Informed Choice, Ellen Feder of American University, and Alice Dreger of Northwestern University became increasingly disturbed by suggestions in the presentations and publications by Maria New that prenatal dex could be used to prevent “behavioral masculinization,” including tomboyism, interest in male-typical hobbies and occupations, and homosexuality, bisexuality, and transgenderism (courtesy of Below is the major media coverage from 2010 and 2012.


August 21 – The Dex Diaries, Part Four: A Perpetual Motion Machine of NIH Funding? Tell patients and doctors the drug is safe. Then get grants to see if it is, Dr. Aron Sousa, Psychology Today.

August 20 – The Dex Diaries, Part 3: What the Obstetricians Didn’t Know: Reasons to believe innocent doctors will be hurt by prenatal dexamethasone, Psychology Today.

August 17 –Scientists Say Women Should Stop Pre-Natally Treating Abnormal Genitals in Female Fetuses,’s Strollerderby.

August 17 – Worried Your Baby Girl Will Adopt ‘Masculine Behavior’? There’s a Drug For That, Jezebel.

August 17 – The Dangers of Fetal Engineering, Biopolitical Times.

August 17 – The Dex Diaries, Part 2: Why We Called the Feds’, by Alice Dreger, Psychology Today.

August 16 – “Drug To Prevent “Masculine Behavior” In Girls May Have Serious Risks”, BuzzFeed.

August 15 – The Dex Diaries, Part 1: Changed in the Womb, by Kiira Triea, Psychology Today.

August 15 – If Your Baby Girl Might Be Born With a Small Penis,

August 15 – Medical report details doctors using steroid to prevent lesbianism, Windy City Times.

August 9 – Michelangelo Signorile in conversation with Anne Tamar-Mattis, The Gist, Sirius Satellite Radio.

August 9 – Researcher accused of misleading pregnant women, New Scientist.

August 6 – Drugs used on pregnant women to prevent lesbian, bisexual and intersex babies, Pink News.

August 2 – Dangerous Experiment in Fetal Engineering, Report: risky prenatal use of steroid to try to prevent intersex, tomboys and lesbians, Northwestern University press release.

August 2 – Prenatal Dexamethasone for Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia: An Ethics Canary in the Modern Medical Mine, Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, Volume 9, Number 3 (2012), 277-294.


July 2 – The Anti-Lesbian Drug, Newsweek.

June 18 – A Prenatal Treatment Raises Questions of Medical Ethics, Time Magazine.

July 22 – Tempest in a Womb: What’s Wrong With Preventing (Or Promoting) Homosexuality In Utero?, Jacob Appel, Huffington Post.

June 29 – Preventing Homosexuality (and Uppity Women) in the Womb?, by Alice Dreger, Bioethics Forum.