Menstrual Stem Cell Banking

When it comes to making major life decisions, there is no time like the present. And when it comes to something as important as banking potentially life-saving stem cells found naturally in menstrual blood, the ideal time is NOW. Thanks to Cryo-Cell’s patent-pending technology and easy-to-use collection kit, you have the reassurance and peace of mind you need, when it comes to the banking process for menstrual blood, which includes collecting, isolating and preserving the menstrual stem cells.

The menstrual blood is collected in your physician’s or healthcare provider’s office with a proprietary kit developed by Cryo-Cell. Prior to collection, it is recommended that the patient shower and empty the bladder. For best results, menstrual blood collection should be collected on the day of the patient’s heaviest menstrual flow. Samples are collected during a woman’s menstrual period by using a medical-grade silicone menstrual cup in place of a tampon or sanitary napkin, which is inserted by the physician. Depending on the patient’s menstrual flow, the menstrual cup should be in place 1-4 hours, but no longer than 4 hours. During this time, the patient should go about their normal routine and return to the physician’s office for removal. The collected menstrual fluid is placed into the menstrual collection container with media, tightly closed and secured, then gently inverted to mix the media solution with the menstrual fluid. The container will then be prepared for shipment.

Exciting new research shows that menstrual fluid contains self-renewing stem cells that can be easily collected, processed and cryo-preserved for potential cellular therapies that may emerge in the future. The menstrual stem cells come from the uterine lining (endometrium) that is shed as part of a woman’s menstrual period. Menstrual stem cells can be easily harvested in an affordable, painless and non-invasive manner. These menstrual stem cells are unique because they have many properties and characteristics similar to both bone marrow and embryonic stem cells; they multiply rapidly and can differentiate into many other types of stem cells such as neural, cardiac, bone, fat, cartilage and possibly others; demonstrating great promise for future use in clinical regenerative medical therapies.

By – Nursing Tutor – Ms. Anjali Mall
Department –  Nursing
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