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.
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
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.
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.