Laurie Ray

Science Writer at Clue

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.

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Progesterone 101

What you need to know about progesterone levels, progestins, low progesterone, progesterone dominance, birth control, and how it all affects your body.

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Androgens 101

What you need to know about androgen levels, low androgens, high androgens, birth control, and how it all affects your body.

Sex

Progestins 101

Progestins are used in hormonal birth control, menopause therapy, and more. Here’s what you should know about the different types and potential side effects.

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PCOS and pregnancy

People with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) may not ovulate regularly. PCOS can cause infertility. Treatments can help regulate periods and induce ovulation.