Nicole is a science content producer and a writer at Clue. A former personal trainer, naturopathic doctor, and pelvic exam model, Nicole is passionate about making bodies the best and healthiest they can be. In her spare time, Nicole loves board games, sewing, dogs, and puns.
Preferred birth control: Condoms & FAM
Favorite reproductive health fact: Using your own saliva to masturbate may actually be protective against the development of vulvovaginal candida, in contrast to receiving oral sex, which may actually increase your chances of getting a vaginal candida infection
What trans and nonbinary people need to know about birth control
Hormone therapy, fertility, birth control options, finding a trans-friendly healthcare provider
Everything we know about menopause and hormone replacement therapy (HRT)
What is Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) for menopause? Here’s the research on estrogen, progestin, and the benefits and risks of treatment.
Skipping your period using birth control pills: safety and how to do it
People choose to skip their periods by using hormonal birth control pills for reasons such as convenience, symptom relief, or just personal preference.
HIV: Sexual Transmission, Risk Factors, & Prevention
HIV is transmitted between humans through the exchange of certain types of bodily fluids including blood, semen, breast milk, and vaginal fluids.
Chest binding: tips and tricks for trans men, nonbinary, and genderfluid people
Chest binding is a common practice among transgender men, nonbinary, and genderfluid people. It can improve mental health, but also cause negative symptoms.
Menstrual cups: questions, myths, and misconceptions
Answering all of your menstrual cup questions.
HIV and AIDS aren’t over—and here is how you can help
Stigma surrounding HIV and AIDS directly harms people’s health. Here’s a look at the discrimination caused by HIV stigma, and what people are doing to...
What you may not know about ovulation: common questions and misconceptions
The monthly release of an egg from the ovary is a fascinating process. It’s often something people first learn about when they are trying to...
Up close and personal: what it’s like to be a gynecological model
My experiences being a gynecological model for students to practice their female pelvic examination skills on.
Let’s talk about squirting: Why is it important, and what does it feel like?
Ejaculation has long been associated with penises. But ejaculation from the vulva or vagina can also happen—before, during, after, or without orgasm.
Vaginal dryness: Why it happens and what you can do about it
Vaginal dryness symptoms may include a burning sensation, vaginal discomfort or itching, abnormal vaginal discharge, or pain during sex or masturbation.
Hormones and your environment: a conversation with Dr. Virginia J. Vitzthum
Dr. Virginia J. Vitzthum is changing how we think about hormonal levels and the menstrual cycle.