Jen Bell

A photo of Jen Bell
Former Writer at Clue

Jen was a writer at Clue who delights in assignments involving LGBTQIA+ topics, sex, and pop culture.

Preferred birth control: Usually when I have sex there’s no sperm involved, so no chance of getting pregnant. That said, I’m a fan of condoms and gloves for STI prevention.

Favourite reproductive health fact: Arousal and orgasm can help maintain your circulatory, neural, and muscular systems, and prevent dysmenorrhoea (painful menstruation).

Pronouns: they/them
jen@helloclue.com

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LGBTQIA+

Why trans men, nonbinary, and genderqueer people use birth control

Birth control is generally marketed and designed for women, but they’re not the only ones using it.

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LGBTQIA+

What it’s like to get your period when you’re trans

We asked trans men, genderqueer, and nonbinary people how they feel about their periods.

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LGBTQIA+

Do periods sync?

Lesbian, queer and trans couples respond to our research on menstrual syncing

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Gender Equality

Talking about periods beyond gender

Our bodies do not determine our identities, and we are so much more than merely bodies.

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Fertility

Can you get pregnant from that?

There are lots of myths and misconceptions about how pregnancy happens.

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Your Vagina

Vaginal dryness: Why it happens and what you can do about it

Vaginal dryness is common but treatable, and can happen at any age.

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Life & Culture

Internationally inclusive: keeping Clue gender-neutral in 15 languages

Gender-inclusivity is an important part of what we do at Clue. We asked our translators: “What does it mean to...

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Society

What’s all the fuss about free bleeding, and why does it matter?

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

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Gender Equality

How to make sex education more inclusive

Sex education can help us make decisions, but only when taught in a way that is relevant to our individual...

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Society

What was it like to get your period in ancient Greece?

Were the first tampons made of wood? Where does the phrase “on the rag” come from? Historian Helen King has...

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Society

Meet #periodpositive comedian Chella Quint

Can jokes about periods be empowering? We caught up with zine-maker, teacher and #periodpositive comedian Chella Quint ahead of her...

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Society

7 perfect podcasts for your period

People are making awesome podcasts about all kinds of things — yes, even menstruation. Here are some of our top picks.

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LGBTQIA+

How to support trans people during their periods

Periods can be a pain, especially when they give you gender dysphoria, but a support from your friends can go...

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LGBTQIA+

Managing endometriosis when you’re trans

Transgender and non-binary people with endometriosis share their experiences and advice.

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LGBTQIA+

The best things about dating someone who also has a period

There are many stereotypes about romance between two people with menstrual cycles. We reached out to lesbians, transgender and queer...

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PMS & PMDD

Tracking your period can help you understand PMS symptoms. Here’s how

Tracking symptoms throughout your menstrual cycle can help you understand your experience of PMS.

How to Use Clue

How to track your period

Tracking can help you to know where you are in your menstrual cycle, and when your next period is coming.

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Non-Hormonal Birth Control

Condoms: common questions and misconceptions

Are condoms effective? Are they always necessary? What is the correct way to put one on? Even if you’re not...

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Non-Hormonal Birth Control

How to use a condom: a step-by-step guide

Different types of condoms and how to use them.

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How to Use Clue

Next level period tracking: 5 more tips for tracking your period in Clue

Ilaria from our Support team shares more tips for getting the most out of Clue.

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How to Use Clue

Clue’s top 5 period tracking tips

Ilaria from our support team shares her insider tips for getting the most out of the Clue app.

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Pleasure

Masturbation: common questions and misconceptions

Can masturbating cause any health problems? Can it make you lose your virginity?

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Endometriosis

What you may not know about endometriosis: common questions and misconceptions

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

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PCOS

What you may not know about PCOS: questions and misconceptions

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a common but often undiagnosed condition. Here are some answers to common questions about PCOS.

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STIs

How to tell your partner you have a sexually transmitted infection (STI)

There’s a lot of misinformation and stigma about STIs, and they can be uncomfortable to discuss. But we need to...

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Endometriosis

How to track endometriosis symptoms with Clue

Tracking endometriosis symptoms can create a detailed record which may help your healthcare provider with diagnosis and in forming a...

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Diet & Exercise

Digestion and your cycle: A conversation between Clue and Cara

Is period poop a thing? Cara, a digestion-tracking app, helped us answer questions about food, digestion and the menstrual cycle.

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Dating & Partnership

We asked 64,000 women what they look for in a partner. The most important thing? Kindness.

The results of the Ideal Partner Survey — a collaboration between Clue, the University of Göttingen and MyONE Condoms.

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About Clue

Accessibility guide to the Clue office

Everything you need to know if you’re visiting us in Berlin.