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Woman accuses placenta product of enlarging her uterine fibroid

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- A female consumer in Taipei yesterday accused a placenta product of enlarging her uterine fibroid after she consumed the products for two months.

The 50-year-old woman, surnamed Shao, told a local media outlet that she saw the product endorsed by famous TV hostess Bai Bing-bing (白冰冰) on a TV commercial around two months ago.

The advertisement boosts the product's ability to slow aging process, Shao said.

She called the hotline shown in the commercial, and told the salesperson that she was in the menopause period and had headache for years.

Shao purchased six boxes of the products with some NT$40,000 as the salesperson recommended, who also said that Shao's condition was possibly caused by the lack of female hormones, Shao added.

Her menstrual period occurred again not long after she starting taking the products, Shao said, but added that the uterine fibroid in her body was 1-cm larger when she checked in a hospital last month.

Her doctor warned her that the enlarged fibroid might be caused by inappropriate hormones intake.

Female hormones could lead to the growth of the fibroid, said Yang Tsai-hsing, executive director of the Taiwanese Menopause Society.

Yang said that women in menopause period could not produce female hormones and added that the female hormones in the body could be caused by the placenta intake.

To respond to the accusations, the manufacturer, Lanami, presented a test report later the same day. The report proved that the product did not contain estrogen and progestin.

When asked for a response, Bai remained confident to the product, and requested an explanation from doctors, adding that consumers with history of diseases should also be responsible for trying out any products.

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