May 20, 2015

When an expecting mother chooses umbilical cord blood banking during her pregnancy stages, the stem cells collected can treat a variety of diseases, including cancer and anemia treatment. One of the latest studies shows that cord blood cells can restore ovaries that have been damaged due to chemotherapy treatment, which decreases the level of sexual hormones and potentia generandi in patients. This ovarian restoration will greatly improve quality of life for patients, which is another reason to consider umbilical cord blood banking during your stages of pregnancy.

A study utilizing lab rats showed that damaged ovaries could be treated using umbilical cord stem cells injected in a minimally invasive manner through the tail, maintaining quality of life for patients that may have previously used cord blood for anemia treatment during their pregnancy stages. The case rats were observed to have their levels of sex hormones, potentia generandi, and estrous cycle restored to some degree. In some of the rats that were treated, fertility was restored and their offspring developed normally. These rats could have recorded these functions faster had the stem cells been injected directly in their ovaries, but both methods produced similar results, giving a nod to the more minimally invasive method.

Few studies have been published that describe the use of mesenchymal stem cells from cord blood to treat chemotherapy-induced premature ovarian failure, but stem cell research is continually growing and expanding, meaning cord blood could be found useful to treat a disease tomorrow that it isn’t known to treat today. As clinical trials continue to expand, scientists will study the use of cord blood to restore damaged ovaries in human patients. Because cord blood can only be collected at the birth of a child and is constantly increasing in usability, it is fair to say that cord blood banking is something all expecting mothers should consider during their stages of pregnancy.

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