Don’t let cancer get the breast of you! Do your best to check your breasts, no one knows them better than you. 🎀   

Celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month with our Breast Exam Ever print. Available as a tote bag and more in our print-on-demand store.

Relaxin is a polypeptide hormone released by the corpus luteum (ovary), uterus, placenta and mammary gland. It plays an important role in pregnancy and childbirth, but there's still much mystery around the function of this multi-tasking hormone. Some of what we do know is that relaxin prevents uterine contractions early in pregnancy to avoid premature childbirth. During childbirth, it helps the cervix dilate and the vagina to soften and widen. In blood circulation, levels of relaxin rise after ovulation and lower again if pregnancy does not occur.  

Relaxin has also been discovered in men, although its function is even more unclear in men. Secreted by the prostate, it is found in semen. It is thought to assist the movement of sperm cells in the semen.

Recent findings show that relaxin also decreases tissue fibrosis in the heart, lungs, kidney and liver. It supports the growth of new blood vessels, helps heal wounds and is anti-inflammatory. Even though researchers are still figuring out what exactly it does, relaxin seems to be a pivotal hormone in various systems of the body, aside from just reproductive. Cool!

Happy National Breastfeeding Month from Mammary Gland and her BFF Lux Baby Bottle!

 

We all have pet names for those we love, and what's not to love about breasts? So we're conducting a poll to discover the most popular nickname for the world's most popular gland. Choose one of our options below, or enter your own! May the breast slang word win!