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psychoblonde3 wrote in menstrual_lib
I came across this link while browsing around on Facebook.



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i think that's just endlessly amusing. compare that to emily martin's analysis of menstruation in her the woman in the body. lulz

My first thought was "Wow, that didn't take long."

Wasn't it just six months ago that the news came down the pipeline that menstrual stem cells could possibly be used medically?

It seems a little early to be paying $600 to have my menstrual blood frozen just in case they should figure out how to use it later.

I also think that we need much more "Every month contains a miracle" messages - if anything, it'll have more women looking at their periods in a new way.

"Still not pregnant? It's a miracle!"


On the other hand, if this is so fab, why am I not being paid to give my mooncup contents to desperate medics?


lol that's exactly what they use too. i called and asked what brand of cup they send out in their 'discreet' packages.

I know, they should be paying ME $600 if it's that awesome.

That's pretty awesome! I'm not going to pay a shit-ton of money for that, but I'm excited about any and all public awareness about the potential benefits and sources of stem cell therapy ^_^

(and of COURSE there are stem cells in menstrual blood! why didn't they think of that until now?! The endometrium regrows every single month!)

yeah, I couldn't believe

I hadn't thought of that myself, uh HELLO, we can grow an entire human being in our wombs, maybe there are some "salvage parts" in the monthly blood too eh?

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From a purely biological standpoint, that doesn't actually mean much. Embryos/fetuses do not use cells from the mother to grow - all of the cells that make up the embryo are its own, and very distinct from the maternal cells. However, the fact that the endometrium can re-grow itself on a regular basis means that there are cells that divide rapidly enough to allow this - and it's not a far leap to hypothesize that those rapidly dividing cells might also be capable of rapidly dividing into something else. The ability to divide at least twice as many times as most differentiated cells (a paper I recently read places that marker at 80 divisions) is one main characteristic of a stem cell.

Re: yeah, I couldn't believe

The truth of the matter is that there are many diferent kinds of stem cells...The ones most useful in research are pluripotent stem cells that can turn into any other kind of cell in the body. Menstrual stem cells are not that type, they can only become other forms of integumentary or skin-type cells. So they are still useful, just not as uesful as we are led to believe in the ad. Still, it is nice to have some potential validation, even if it is a little overzealous about the usefulness of menstrual stem cells.

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That's totally true, about the pluripotency vs. multipotency vs. unipotency(?). Then again, it would be a lot easier to induce the other properties of stem cell-ness in something that already is somewhat multipotent than it would be in something that is a regular every-day non-dividing somatic cell. I see endometrial cells as promising because they already possess some of the properties - quick divisions, regular and seemingly unlimited (or not extremely limited) division potential, regeneration - that an ideal therapeutic stem cell would possess. Therefore, it would require less work (and therefore less money, less potential for failure) to induce these cells to become more potent (potentially pluripotent), maybe even truly pluripotent to the extent that they could form multiple germ layers. Hooray!

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