Women can bank on menstrual blood stem cells to cure illness
It is not too late for women, who did not store their umbilical cord for stem cells therapy. On the occasion of Women’s Day on Tuesday, LifeCell International, a private stem cell bank, introduced LifeCell Femme, a menstrual blood stem cell banking service.
With this service, blood collected during a woman’s menstrual period can be processed to harvest stem cells, which can be introduced into the woman’s body if detected with illnesses such as arthritis, multiple sclerosis and certain heart ailments.
“Menstruation has so far been associated with pain and stress. However, with the possibility of harvesting stem cells from menstrual blood, women are going to be luckier than men,” Mayur Abhaya, executive director, LifeCell International, said.
The company has centres in Vile Parle, Mulund and Dadar. “This is an opportunity for women to empower ourselves. Having undergone stem cell transplantation, I stand here as a live testimony of stem cells which has been a new ray of life for many,” said actor and model Lisa Ray, a survivor of multiple myelomia, a type of blood cancer.