Sarah Toler, DNP, CNM

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Science Writer at Clue

Dr. Sarah Toler is the Science Content Lead at Clue. She holds a Doctorate in Nursing Practice and is a Certified Nurse Midwife. Her areas of specialty include perinatal mental health and reproductive mental health. She is a survivor of postpartum depression, anxiety, and OCD.

Non-Hormonal Birth Control

What do banner messages in Clue Birth Control mode mean?

Clue Birth Control is a digital contraceptive that works by calculating which days of the cycle are high risk or...

Non-Hormonal Birth Control

How does Clue Birth Control work?

Clue Birth Control works by predicting which days in your cycle are high and low risk for pregnancy  Clue Birth...

Non-Hormonal Birth Control

How effective is Clue Birth Control?

Clue Birth Control is a digital fertility awareness-based method (FABM) of contraception that is hormone free. Clue Birth Control is...

How to Use Clue

How to get birth control reminders in Clue

Get reminders to take or swap your birth control

Non-Hormonal Birth Control

Is Clue Birth Control the right contraception for me?

First things first, Clue Birth Control isn't a pill or an implant. It's a software application for contraception that uses...

Non-Hormonal Birth Control

Why are some days “high risk” in Clue Birth Control?

Clue Birth Control calculates your pregnancy risk for each day of your cycle based on your period start dates. On...

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Non-Hormonal Birth Control

Talking to your healthcare provider about Clue Birth Control

Clue Birth Control doesn’t require a prescription or visit to a clinic but when starting any new method of birth...

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How to Use Clue

How to keep Clue’s predictions accurate

You can exclude an atypical cycle from Clue’s calculations so that your predictions aren’t affected and remain accurate.

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What to expect during an abortion

If you have access to a legal abortion, here is what to expect.

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Diet & Exercise

Digestion and your cycle: the truth about period poop

Is period poop a thing? Learn all about food, digestion and the menstrual cycle.

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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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Bisexuality 101

Understand a little more the "B" of LGBTQIA

The ring, the pill, the IUD, the implant, the patch, and the shot
Hormonal Birth Control

Here are all of your hormonal birth control options

We looked into the research to find out about the side effects, risks, and benefits of the implant, the intrauterine...

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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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Period sex 101

There is nothing “dirty” or dangerous about menstrual blood. 

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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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About Clue

“Alternative” approaches to health: How we think about health information at Clue

We sometimes get emails asking why we collaborate with naturopaths for our online content. It's a fair question.

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What causes a miscarriage?

Understanding why and how frequently miscarriage occurs can help people process the experience.  

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Non-Hormonal Birth Control

What's up with pulling out?

The pull out method has some significant downsides. So, what is withdrawal and how effective is it? Let’s look at...

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How to Use Clue

What to know about Clue’s Cycle Analysis feature

Clue’s enhanced Analysis makes it easy to stay on top of your menstrual health. Get a personalized overview of your...

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What is a period? Menstruation 101

Why do we get periods, anyway?

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What it's like to be pregnant as a transmasculine person

Masculine people have been pregnant and birthing as long as there have been people. In reality, my relationship with my...

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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.

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Hormonal Birth Control

Why isn’t there a hormonal birth control for men?

Men are more willing than ever to take hormonal contraception. Here’s what the latest research says about innovations in male...

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Hormonal Birth Control

When to stop taking hormonal birth control if you want to get pregnant

Here’s how long it takes to conceive, depending on what kind of birth control you were using.

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About Clue

Here's why you can use period trackers for getting pregnant, but not for preventing it

While you can use Clue and other apps to help you understand your body and become pregnant faster, you can’t...

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Diet & Exercise

Does eating soy affect your hormones?

What the research says about the effects of eating soy on cardiovascular health, breast cancer, sperm quality, testosterone, and more....

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Birth Control

How do IUDs prevent pregnancy?

What the latest research says about how the hormonal IUD and the copper IUD work.