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It’s no secret that every pregnancy a woman experiences leaves its impact on her forever.  Experiencing a life growing inside of you and becoming a mother can change you forever.  But did you know that fetal cells from every pregnancy remain in the mother, sometimes even 50 years later?
During pregnancy, fetal cells cross the placental [...]

Breast cancer, the leading gynecological cancer, has been on the rise for the past fifty years.  Today, one in seven women will be diagnosed with breast cancer; a stark difference between the one in twenty statistic of 1960.
For years women have been told to get regular mammograms to screen for the disease in hopes to [...]

New research has given a better understanding of the placenta’s important role in pregnancy and brain development as Zoe Corbyn writes in Nature. The placenta was once thought of mostly as a passive organ to filter nutrients to the baby. Now the placenta is being recognized as being an active, [...]

Placenta Research Survey

October 18th, 2010

Calling all placenta-eaters! Here is an opportunity to contribute to research being done out of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). We need your input! This data is going to be very important in determining whether or not placentophagy is beneficial to postpartum women.
Take the survey now
The official recruitment letter:
This is an invitation [...]

Dr. Daniel Benyshek is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at UNLV, and our Principal Investigator for the research we’re doing at UNLV. His main focus is Nutritional Anthropology and primarily does research on diabetes. However, from a nutritional anthropology perspective, placentophagy is definitely of interest to him. We met when I gave a presentation on [...]

Hormone Level During Pregnancy May Identify Women At Risk For Postpartum Depression
Women who have higher levels of a hormone produced by the placenta midway through their pregnancy appear more likely to develop postpartum depression, according to a report in the February issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.
Postpartum depression (PPD) [...]

Menstrual blood yields stem cells

November 30th, 2007

Researchers have discovered that menstrual blood contains adult stem cells that can change into a wider variety of tissue types than regular adult stem cells. The researchers did the study because they suspected stem cells might be behind the rapid regeneration of the uterine lining during a woman’s cycle.
So menstrual blood, another part of a [...]

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