Silicone Tampon that Collects Stem Cells Developed

May 19, 2010
Menstrual blood is known to be one of the greatest sources of stem cells that can be used in medical research to grow various types of cells, such as heart cells, liver cells and others. Now, every woman can take part in scientific studies by collecting her menstrual blood, using a specially designed silicone cup for this purpose.

Mademoicell, a new device that collects women's periods blood for adult stem cells was developed by Chelsea Briganti, a senior at Parsons The New School for Design.  The tampon-like device is made of medical grade silicone, which is also considered to be  also an eco-friendly material.

All you need to do is to insert the Mademoicell inside the vagina during the periods, fill it up, remove it and store in the refrigerator. After that you can send the potential stem cells to the lab, where it will be used to grow a new heart for example.

Briganti says that menstrual blood contains embryonic stem cell markers, enabling them to differentiate between nine different types of cells. This makes menstrual blood a great source of stem cells that does not require incisions or injections.

So far the Mademoicell is a conceptual product that is priced at and is available in a set of three silicone tampon-like devices.