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Now, Women Can Bank on 'Monthly Miracle' for Future Stem Cell Treatment

Women in the city of Chennai will soon have the option of banking their menstrual blood so that it can be used for treatment of serious disorders through stem cell therapy. LifeCell International, in technology partnership with Cryo-Cell International, will set up the facility, which will be the first to store menstrual blood in the country. Menstrual blood contains millions of stem cells that have many properties and characteristics similar to those of stem cells found in bone marrow and embryos. These stem cells exhibit capabilities for self-renewal and multi-potency," says LifeCell International Executive Director, Mayur Abhaya. The biggest advantage of menstrual blood, according to LifeCell Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Ajit Kumar, is that it can be easily harvested in a painless, non-invasive manner. "And it also extends the scope of stem cell therapy to a larger section of the people. Cord blood is an option open to only those who are pregnant or those planning babies," says Dr.

Women in the city of Chennai will soon have the option of banking their menstrual blood so that it can be used for treatment of serious disorders through stem cell therapy. LifeCell International, in technology partnership with Cryo-Cell International, will set up the facility, which will be the first to store menstrual blood in the country. Menstrual blood contains millions of stem cells that have many properties and characteristics similar to those of stem cells found in bone marrow and embryos. These stem cells exhibit capabilities for self-renewal and multi-potency," says LifeCell International Executive Director, Mayur Abhaya. The biggest advantage of menstrual blood, according to LifeCell Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Ajit Kumar, is that it can be easily harvested in a painless, non-invasive manner.  "And it also extends the scope of stem cell therapy to a larger section of the people. Cord blood is an option open to only those who are pregnant or those planning babies," says Dr. Kumar.

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