Maegan Boutot

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Former Science Writer for Clue

Maegan is a former science writer for Clue and an epidemiologist. Thinking about research validity and reproducibility keeps her up at night.

Favorite reproductive health fact: Other than humans, only four other species experience menopause—orcas, short finned pilot whales, beluga whales, and narwhals.

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Non-Hormonal Birth Control

Natural birth control and Fertility Awareness Methods

FAMs used in conjunction with other forms of contraception, such as condoms or spermicide, can decrease the risk of getting...

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Miscarriage

Am I having a miscarriage?

When a miscarriage occurs very early in pregnancy, it can be difficult to tell the difference between a miscarriage and...

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Pleasure

The science of sexual satisfaction

A happy sex life is an important part of a fulfilling life.

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PMS & PMDD

Genetic evidence for PMDD

A 2017 study shows that premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) might be linked to observable genetic behavior within cells.

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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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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.

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Hormones & Your Cycle

What you should know about hormones

Hormones are the messengers of the body, telling it how to breathe and grow.

Chemical structure of different forms of estrogen in the body.
Hormones & Your Cycle

Estrogen 101

Getting to know our hormones.

Chemical structure of different forms of estrogen in the body.
Hormones & Your Cycle

Estrogen 101

Getting to know our hormones.

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Emotions

Stress and the menstrual cycle

Everyone experiences stress, and for many it’s not an enjoyable experience.

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Menopause and Perimenopause

Everything we know about menopause and hormone replacement therapy (HRT)

It was once thought to have a high association with developing some forms of cancer. But the latest research has...

Issues & Conditions

The immune system and the menstrual cycle

During the follicular phase of the menstrual cycle, people tend to have higher levels of antibodies.

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