Laurie Ray, DNP
Laurie is a science content writer-researcher for Clue. She is a nurse practitioner specializing in reproductive and sexual health. Laurie has a passion for empowering people with knowledge about their bodies so they can live their healthiest lives.
Preferred birth control: Whatever someone feels comfortable and confident in using.
Favorite reproductive health fact: The ovaries of a female fetus contain 6-7 million eggs by the 20th week of pregnancy—the most they will ever have. At birth the number has dropped to 1 million, and by puberty it’s down to about 400,000.
How different types of hormonal birth control affect your mental health
We read the research on how hormonal birth control can affect mood and mental health and broke down the findings for each type.
Does birth control help with PMS and PMDD, or make it worse?
Here's what the research says on all types of hormonal birth control and how they affect mood, PMS, and PMDD.
The birth control implant: myths and misconceptions
Is it painful to have a birth control implant implant inserted? Will the implant get lost inside of me? Your questions about the implant,...
Period blood color: brown, black, or dark?—?does it matter?
Blood (and tissue) changes color depending on how long it has been exposed to air. Learn the meaning of red, brown, black, pink, or gray...
What trans and nonbinary people need to know about birth control
Hormone therapy, fertility, birth control options, finding a trans-friendly healthcare provider
What trans men and nonbinary people need to know about breast cancer
For trans men, nonbinary and genderqueer people, risk of breast cancer depends on age, genes, hormone use, and if they have had any gender-affirming surgeries.
Seed Cycling: I tried it. (And dug into the research on whether it works.)
Seed cycling is an alternative medicine practice believed to support hormonal balance. There isn't any data to support its use but it's probably not harmful.