Nicole Telfer

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Former Science Content Producer

Nicole is a former 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.

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How to use a menstrual cup

Using a menstrual cup is an easy, safe, environmentally-friendly, and economical way to collect menstrual blood


Vaginas 101

The vagina changes: during sex, throughout the menstrual cycle, and with age and different life stages. There’s no such thing...

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Diet & Exercise

Vegetarianism, veganism, and the menstrual cycle

Well-planned vegetarianism and veganism can be healthy diets at any stage of life, including pregnancy. Here are a few ways...

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Non-Hormonal Birth Control

Internal (female) condoms 101

People may enjoy sex more with an internal condom because they feel safe knowing that they are in control of...

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Skin & Hair

Skin and the cycle: how hormones affect your skin

You may have noticed changes to your skin—particularly the skin of your face—starting around puberty. Your skin responds to many...

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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.

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Cramps & Pain

What is ovulation pain and how do I know if I’m having it?

Our research finds that over 1 in 3 people experience it.

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Skin & Hair

Hair and the menstrual cycle

Your skin and scalp change in response to hormonal variations occurring throughout your cycle. Some people report more bad hair...

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How to pick a lubricant

Personal lubricant (lube) can be used to help make sexual acts—like sex, masturbation, or sex toy play—more pleasurable.

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Let’s talk about squirting

It seems that we have been ejaculating for a long time.

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Birth Control

Bleeding on the IUD

IUDs can have different effects on your period quality and quantity.

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Your Vagina

Vaginal dryness: Why it happens and what you can do about it

Vaginal dryness is common but treatable, and can happen at any age.

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Meditation, stress, and the menstrual cycle

Practicing meditation can promote both mental and physical changes throughout the body.

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Managing endometriosis: treatment options

Endometriosis is a chronic inflammatory disease, affecting up to 1 in 10 women, and yet treatment options are limited.

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Pregnancy, Birth & Postpartum

Hair changes during pregnancy

How hair evolves during pregnancy and after delivery

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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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How to Use Clue

How to track your period

Tracking can help you to know where you are in your menstrual cycle, and when your next period is coming.

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Hormones & Your Cycle

Estrogen 101

Getting to know our hormones.

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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...

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Genital warts 101

Genital warts are caused by certain strains of HPV. Two strains of HPV in particular—HPV 6 and HPV 11—are responsible...

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The view is from a person's perspective looking down as they sit in a gynecological examination chair, towards their legs which are spread open with their feet resting in footrests.