Dr Jemma Evans
Menstrual fluid, and specific factors contained within menstrual fluid, promote repair of skin wounds proven in 3 different models: human skin cells, a human skin model using tissue from breast reductions and tummy tuck surgery, and a preclinical model of skin repair.
Centre for Reproductive Health
Journal and article title
Menstrual fluid promotes skin repair - how weird is that!
Logically, the endometrium is a tissue which repairs incredibly rapidly in the presence of menstrual fluid. We took a blue-skies approach and tested menstrual fluid on skin cells and we were amazed to discover that menstrual fluid promoted rapid skin repair also.
Chronic wounds, affecting an increasing number of people worldwide, have a very detrimental impact on quality of life and even life expectancy. These wound can often lead to amputation of the affected limb due to infection with the one year survival after amputation as low as 53 per cent. Better treatment options for these wounds is critical to improve multiple aspects of health. Factors identified within menstrual fluid may be developed into a novel treatment for these wounds.