Published on January 05, 2021

Costa Rica | UCR youths devise natural foam to help heal pickets after childbirth


Youth of the UCR devise a natural foam to help heal the "pickets" after childbirth (UCR news 10 December 2020) 

Six Pharmacy students from the University of Costa Rica (UCR) designed a foam with natural extracts to help the wound of all those women who received an episotomy during childbirth, better known as a "picket", heal faster and with less risk of infection.  
These pickets, also called perineal traumas, occur in 65% of the women attended by vaginal birth (as exposed by a medical thesis from the Catholic University of Ecuador). Although the data comes from international sources, it is estimated that Costa Rica is not far from that reality. "The product is born from multiple stories of women who suffer great discomfort and pain from these wounds. These injuries are characterized by being painful, inflamed and prone to infection. 

This type of trauma can also be caused by anal fissures due to constipation, as well as vulvar fissures from improper hair removal.  "The product is based on plants that have already been studied for their healing properties. One well known is aloe vera, also a biopolymer that also has bactericidal properties".  The innovation is called PeriMus and its foam is characterized by being biodegradable and biocompatible, that is, capable of degrading in the environment and generating almost no adverse reactions to the body.  Similarly, in addition to its antimicrobial, antiseptic and healing properties, the young women also added other anti-inflammatory and analgesic qualities, in order to reduce the associated symptoms.  

The goal is to decrease the healing time and pain generated by these wounds so that more people can have a better quality of life. The foam, unlike a cream, is easily absorbed and has a larger coverage area. It is also a cleaner application. The cream leaves a residue and the foam does not because it adheres more to the skin," the student explains.  The young women will not reveal the exact components of the foam until they find an investor who will help them create the first prototype and validate (no longer only on a theoretical level) how long the product will be able to reduce the healing time.

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