Cord Blood Banking
Cord blood banking is a wonderful opportunity that we urge patients to research and prepare for. Cord blood is the blood obtained from your baby’s umbilical cord immediately after birth. After the umbilical cord is clamped and cut, the remaining blood is collected in a bag rather than discarded.
Cord blood is rich in stem cells, cells that hold the power to cure by regenerating healthy blood and immune systems. Cord blood stem cells are biologically younger and are more flexible than adult stem cells. Stem cells are unspecialized, they can differentiate, and they are capable of self-renewal.
Current diseases treated with cord blood stem cells include certain cancers, immune diseases, blood disorders, and metabolic disorders. Potential applications for cord blood stem cell therapy are autism, pediatric stroke, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, Type 1 diabetes, and acquired hearing loss.
Perimenopausal Abnormal Bleeding
As women approach menopause, the incidence of anovulatory uterine bleeding increases. Most bleeding changes at this time are related to normal menopausal transition, but endometrial hyperplasia and cancer need to be ruled out. Perimenopause starts with the onset of cycle irregularity and ends one year after the last menses. The average age of menopause in developed countries is 51.4, and the average duration of menopausal transition is 4 years. Pregnancies, although rare, may still occur until one full year without menses. Therefore, for women without contraindications, hormonal contraception, rather than hormone therapy, should be used for pregnancy prevention, menstrual control, and relief of perimenopausal symptoms in women at risk. Premenopausal use of hormone therapy will not provide menstrual regularity or contraception.
The treatment approach to perimenopausal abnormal uterine bleeding is usually medical, because it is an underlying hormonal abnormality. Surgical therapy is indication if medical therapy fails, is contraindicated, is not tolerated by the patient, or the patient has intracavity lesions such as polyps or fibroids