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Janelle McSwiggan, MSN, RN

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Science writer

Janelle is a freelance medical writer and a registered nurse.

Cramps & Pain

Hormonal Headaches and Menstrual migraine: What type do you have?

There might be a connection between your menstrual cycle and your headaches.

Cramps & Pain

Ovulation pain: Symptoms, Causes and Treatment

Ovulation pain is lower abdominal pain that happens in the middle of your menstrual cycle when you ovulate.

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Bleeding

How much period blood is normal?

You can expect around five tablespoons of blood during menstruation, but every person differs. What is normal for you may...

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Society

What is free bleeding? Why the movement matters

Free bleeding is the practice of menstruating without blocking or collecting the period flow. Here’s why people do it.

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Endometriosis

Common endometriosis myths and misconceptions that need to be debunked

Endometriosis is a complicated illness. Those who have it often also experience delayed diagnoses, hit-and-miss treatments, and a general lack...

Endometriosis

How common is endometriosis?

Endometriosis has been called the “missed disease” because of its inconsistency in diagnosis and treatment