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Laurie Ray, DNP

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Science Writer at Clue

Laurie is a former 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.

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Birth Control

Birth control and weight gain

Many people believe that hormonal birth control causes weight gain, but the research is not so clear cut. Here's how...

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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.

The phases and hormones of the menstrual cycle.
Menstrual Cycle

What is the menstrual cycle?

Understanding the cycle is important for your overall health. We break down the phases and hormones of the menstrual cycle.

Trying to Conceive

Can I conceive if my cycle is irregular?

While unpredictable cycles can make it harder to predict ovulation, it is possible.

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Skin & Hair

Birth control, your skin, and your hair

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

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Depression, anxiety, and PCOS

People with PCOS are about 3 times more likely to experience depression and anxiety

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PCOS and pregnancy

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

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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...

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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.

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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...