Laurie Ray, DNP

A photo of Laurie Ray, DNP
Science Writer at Clue

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.

Photo of 3 different women
Hormonal Birth Control

How different types of hormonal birth control affect your mental health

Some say hormonal birth control negatively affected their mood, making them feel depressed, anxious, or irritable. You may also hear...

Someone holding an ovulation test, looking down on result.

PCOS and pregnancy

Getting pregnant when you have PCOS can be a challenge, but treatments are available to help.

An arm wearing a ticking watch with blood drops.

What’s “normal”?: menstrual cycle length and variation

The menstrual cycle is more than just your period—it’s the rhythmic changes of the your reproductive system.

illustrations of bacteria and sperm trying to leave a condom

How do I know if I have an STI?

Even though the infections are common, knowledge about them may not be. Did you know the majority of STIs have...

An illustration of the transgender symbol surrounded by different forms of birth control

What trans and nonbinary people need to know about birth control

Whether you’re undergoing hormone therapy or not, here’s what you need to know about preventing pregnancy.

Photo of two people standing back-to-back with their hair
Skin & Hair

Birth control, your skin, and your hair

How different types of hormonal birth control may affect your skin and hair.

Pumpkin seeds and almonds on top of granola, in a glass of milk.
An illustration of an IUD.
Birth Control

IUD myths and misconceptions

Is it painful to have an IUD inserted? Can an IUD get lost inside of me? Your questions about...