Effects of placentophagy on serum prolactin and progesterone concentrations in rats after parturition or superovulation

in Reproduction

Summary. In rats that were allowed to eat the placentae after parturition concentrations of serum prolactin were elevated on Day 1 but concentrations of serum progesterone were depressed on Days 6 and 8 post partum when compared to those of rats prevented from eating the placentae. In rats treated with PMSG to induce superovulation serum prolactin and progesterone values were significantly (P < 0·05) elevated on Days 3 and 5 respectively, after being fed 2 g rat placenta/ day for 2 days. However, feeding each rat 4 g placenta/day significantly (P < 0·02) lowered serum progesterone on Day 5. Oestrogen injections or bovine or human placenta in the diet had no effect. The organic phase of a petroleum ether extract of rat placenta (2 g-equivalents/day) lowered peripheral concentrations of progesterone on Day 5, but other extracts were ineffective. We conclude that the rat placenta contains orally-active substance(s) which modify blood levels of pituitary and ovarian hormones.

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    Society for Reproduction and Fertility

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