Placenta Capsules for Menopause & Hormonal Imbalance As a PBi-Certified Placenta Encapsulator I witness the ways a new mothers benefit from taking placenta capsules made with the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) method that I am trained in.
Why would a woman eat her placenta? Because during pregnancy, this organ regulates and stores hormones. Once it leaves your body after birth science shows placental tissue to be rich in hormones that are known to bring balance to a new mother in the postpartum. Within 6-8 weeks after birth most new mother’s will find that their pituitary gland kicks back into gear and resumes the job of regulating her hormonal well-being. During these few weeks when her body is re-figuring out a new balance, the placenta capsules can be very helpful to bring calm and strength to every aspect of life (see benefits).
If this is true during postpartum, then what happens when menopause comes around? After doing a fair amount of research, I found that:
Similar to how new moms experience ‘baby blues’; older women experience ‘menopausal blues’ with symptoms ranging from night sweats to insomnia, hot flashes, and mood swings (angry, sad, irritable). What is common during menopause is a changes in hormone production; especially estrogen/progesterone levels. Though menopause is a natural part of aging, many women feel a change in neurotransmitter levels which can affect serotonin levels which in turn can affect mood, sleep, and appetite.
This “menopausal” effect of hormonal changes is exactly what effects a new mom when her body goes through tremendous hormonal shifts in the weeks after giving birth. These changes last until her hypothalamus kicks back in to regulate hormones at about 2-3 weeks postpartum.
Given the similarities in new mother hormonal imbalance and menopausal imbalance I was not surprised to get asked by my new mom clients whether they could share their placenta capsules with a menopausal mother, aunt, or female friend.
- Hormones (i.e. oxytocin, prolactin)
- Trace elements (i.e. iron, zinc)
- B Vitamins (i.e. B6, B12)
- Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH)
- Immunoglobulin G (IgG)
- Placental Opiod-Enhancing Factor
Benefits of placenta…
- Hormonal regulator
- Lower risk of anemia
- Immune booster
- Calms rattled nerves and irritable feelings
- Revitalize skin
- Lower risk of “baby blues” or “menopausal blues”
- Anti-depressant and pain reliever
- Regulate thyroid
In the eyes of Traditional Chinese Medicine, a placenta is rich in Qi (life force energy). Scientific research shows placenta contains B12, iron, zinc, and hormones (i.e. estrogen, oxytocin, cortisone, interferon).
In my opinion, a new mom’s capsules are best taken by her, and her alone, in the weeks after birth. Then I recommend she save any remaining capsules for menopause. I suggest this because her body made the placenta that made her capsules so she is the most receptive to the hormones in that placenta … a perfect lock ‘n key match.
I have had a handful of clients share their capsules or tincture with someone in the thralls of menopause and they had good results. If you didn’t encapsulate your placenta (not all of us do!) and do not know of a new mother willing to share her placenta capsules 🙂 and in need of hormonal support during menopause, check out the following ideas.
Women with menopausal blues reap hormonal benefits of goat placenta, available here.
Other Types of Hormonal Support
1) Acupuncture and motherwort (herbal tincture).
2) Find a hormone specialist to perform a Urine Test for hormones. This test allows women (men too) to be tested for 30+ hormones and receive a customized cream stick.
3) Maca is a booster food known to balance, re-mineralize and energize body. Rich in calcium and magnesium, maca can boost energy levels and normalize mood swings to get the hormonal system back on track.
4) Wellness Mama wrote 9 Steps to Balance Hormones Naturally, full of nutritional/lifestyle suggestions for helping hormonal changes.
5) Embracing Menopause Naturally by Gabriele Kushi, a holistic health practitioner and macrobiotic counselor.
6) Holistic Squid wrote ditching soy during menopause.
I FEEL AMAZING! If you have PMS or menopause symptoms, then get off prescriptions and feel placenta bliss. In a million years, I’d never thought I’d consider this but am now a believer. I no longer struggle with irritability or discomfort. ~ Amy, (used capsules for hysterectomy recovery)
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May all bellies be happy!