Relaxin

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Relaxin is a polypeptide hormone produced by the corpus luteum, which is located in the woman's ovarian follicle. Its function is to make the cervix of the uterus and the pelvic ligaments relax and, thus, facilitate the childbirth. Relaxin is also a blood vessel dilator. Artificially obtained, it has been used in research therapy to improve and/or restore kidney function and blood flow in treating polycystic kidney disease.